As well as crowning the men’s and women’s World Players of the Year, the 2010 FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala will feature newly created awards for the FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men’s and Women’s Football.
Today FIFA.com takes a closer look at the three nominees in the men’s category – Vicente del Bosque, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho – and invites you to tell us which of them deserves to win the inaugural FIFA World Coach of the Year award.
Their collective trophy haul says more about them than any list of merits could, but here is a brief summary of the nominees' recent achievements to help you decide who best deserves this prestigious award.
The world champion
In 2009, Spain coach Del Bosque completed a flawless qualification phase for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, where, despite a shock opening defeat, he stuck with his young players and showed tactical mastery to lead La Roja to their first world title. Should that feat earn him the prize on Gala night?
In 2008/09, in his first season as Barcelona head coach, Pep Guardiola ensured his place in the club’s pantheon of greats by leading his men to victory in all six of the competitions they entered. And though 2009/10 was a modest season in comparison, with only the Spanish league and Super Cup to show for their efforts, Barça have continued to excel at home and abroad with a playing style that is admired the world over. For that achievement, would you give Guardiola the distinction?
The special one
Success follows Jose Mourinho wherever he goes, as he showed with Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan. With the latter he secured a historic treble in 2010, winning Serie A, the Italian Cup and the UEFA Champions League. After moving to Real Madrid in the summer, the Portuguese has his sights set on silverware in a fourth European country. Is he your choice for the year’s top coach?
While the final decision rests with the captains and head coaches of the men’s and women’s national teams as well as a panel of international media representatives selected by France Football, FIFA.com would like to know who you, the readers, feel should win.
So tell us: in your opinion which of the three nominated coaches deserves to be FIFA World Coach of the Year?
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