FIFA name World Coach of the Year contenders

Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique leads the contenders for this year’s World Coach of the Year award, with Fifa having released the three-man shortlist ahead of the big reveal in Zurich in January.

The Barcelona manager lead the Catalan club to a famous treble in his first season in charge, winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League in spectacular fashion.

With Barca’s deadly ‘MSN’ attack up front, the Spanish coach oversaw 42 wins in his first 50 matches in charge of the club – a new record, beating previous holder Helenio Herrera’s 40 wins (as well as the 37 won by Pep Guardiola in his first half century in charge).

Luis Enrique will be looking to get one over his old Barca team-mate, Guardiola, who is also nominated following a stellar campaign with Bayern Munich, having previously won the award in 2011.

Jorge Sampaoli rounds off the three-man shortlist thanks to his exploits in charge of Chile, having guided La Roja to Copa America glory on home turf and taken them to an all-time high of third in the Fifa world rankings.

Despite winning the Premier League and Capital One Cup, Jose Mourinho does not make the shortlist, while current holder Joachim Low has not been given the chance to defend his crown.

The shortlist for Women’s World Coach of the Year was also announced, with World Cup-winning USA boss Jill Ellis leading the charge along with England coach Mark Sampson and Japan’s Norio Sasaki.

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