It is of course a pity that the Coach of the Year nominee Pep Guardiola and the other FC Bayern Munich nominees for the FIFA/FIFPro World XI will not be able to attend this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or in Zurich in person.

But as the world governing body of football, FIFA understands that for sporting reasons, the club’s winter break training camp must take priority. Paul Breitner, Bayern Munich legend and now an ambassador for the club, will represent the nominees at the event on Monday, 11 January 2016.