The Best FIFA Football Awards™

Monday 24 September 2018, London

The Best FIFA Men's Coach

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Didier Deschamps

Reaching the pinnacle of one career is quite something, but to start afresh and reach the very top in an entirely different profession is a truly remarkable feat. Didier Deschamps has increased an elite group of two (Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer) by one, to become the third man to win the FIFA World Cup™ as a player and then a coach.

Harnessing the despair of defeat in the UEFA EURO 2016 final on home soil as a motivating factor, Deschamps sculpted a squad for Russia 2018 that blended a dogged determination in defence with a relentless attacking joie de vivre, embodied by the artistic midfield leadership of Paul Pogba, the ruthless pace of Kylian Mbappe and the fun-loving sharp point of the attack: Antoine Griezmann. France’s 4-2 victory in Moscow’s finale against Croatia – coming two decades after Deschamps lifted the fabled Trophy as Les Bleus captain on home soil – completed the journey for ‘the coach on the pitch’, to The Best Men’s Coach in the dugout.

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The Finalists
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Zlatko Dalic
Zlatko Dalic

CROATIA NATIONAL TEAM

Took Croatia to their first FIFA World Cup Final

Led them to historic match in Moscow after just nine months in the job

Were one of only three teams to secure three group wins

Zlatko Dalic
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FRA
Zinedine Zidane
Zinedine Zidane

REAL MADRID

Clinched a third-straight UEFA Champions League title

Became first coach to win three in a row

Left Real Madrid with a 70 per cent win ratio

Zinedine Zidane
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The other candidates
ita
Massimiliano Allegri
Massimiliano Allegri

JUVENTUS

Led Juventus to a record seventh successive Italian Serie A title

Guided La Vecchia Signora to a fourth straight domestic double

Took the Turin giants to the UEFA Champions League last eight

Massimiliano Allegri
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Stanislav Cherchesov
Stanislav Cherchesov

RUSSIA NATIONAL TEAM

Oversaw Russia’s greatest-ever FIFA World Cup campaign

Masterminded historic win over Spain in the Round of 16

Clinched huge 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the Opening Match

Stanislav Cherchesov
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Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola

MANCHESTER CITY

Won the English Premier League with the most ever wins

Saw City become the first English side ever to earn 100 points

Finished 19 points clear of their nearest rivals

Pep Guardiola
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Jürgen Klopp
Jürgen Klopp

LIVERPOOL

Steered Liverpool to the UEFA Champions League final

His side scored 18 goals in the knockout rounds on the way to runners-up medal

Earned a top-four finish in England

Jürgen Klopp
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Roberto Martínez
Roberto Martínez

BELGIUM NATIONAL TEAM

Achieved Belgium’s best FIFA World Cup finish

Win over England clinched bronze medal as tournament top scorers

Won six of their seven games in Russia, all inside 90 minutes

Roberto Martínez
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Diego Simeone
Diego Simeone

ATLETICO MADRID

Guided Atleti to the UEFA Europa League title

Finished second in La Liga ahead of rivals Real Madrid

Oversaw best defensive record in Spanish top flight (just 22 goals conceded)

Diego Simeone
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Gareth Southgate
Gareth Southgate

ENGLISH NATIONAL TEAM

Guided England to semi-finals of the World Cup for first time since 1990

Finished fourth at Russia 2018, joint-best World Cup finish on foreign soil

Guided England to global finals with unbeaten record in qualifying

Gareth Southgate
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Ernesto Valverde
Ernesto Valverde

BARCELONA

Guided Barça to league and cup double 

Lost just one game on way to La Liga triumph

His side scored remarkable 99 goals during league campaign

Ernesto Valverde
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