Marcelo Bielsa and Jurgen Klopp in contention to be crowned the FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 25 November 2020, 10:24

FIFA have shortlisted the five-man managerial band, which includes Marcelo Bielsa and Jurgen Klopp, for the Best FIFA Men’s Coach award. 

The two current Premier League bosses will come up against Hans-Dieter Flick (Bayern Munich), Julen Lopetegui (Sevilla) and Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid), with the winner announced on December 17.

You can vote right here through to December 9 - the five managers will be cut down to a trio of finalists on December 11 - with the public vote making up 25% of the overall vote, the rest of which is made up of media representatives, national team coaches, and national team captains.

Klopp famously led Liverpool to their first-ever Premier League crown last season, an achievement which saw the German named LMA Manager of the Year. 

Defending champ Klopp also scooped the Best FIFA Men's Coach award in 2019 ahead of fellow Premier League managers Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino. “Wow, it's quite heavy!” he said after being handed the coveted accolade.

Former Winners

2019: Jurgen Klopp

2018: Didier Deschamps

2017: Zinedine Zidane

2016: Claudio Ranieri

Another former FIFA victor, Zinedine Zidane (2017), is also in contention for the gong. The Frenchman spearheaded Real Madrid to the La Liga title and Supercopa de España, with his troops finishing five points clear of Barcelona.

Staying in La Liga, Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui is also in the mix for glory after he won the Europa League and steered his side to fourth in the table.

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Can Klopp retain the gong?

Leeds fans will be voting in their thousands after Marcelo Bielsa was included.

The iconic Argentine coach ended 16 years of hurt in West Yorkshire after he propelled the club back into the Premier League; lifting the Championship title in the process.

However, the stand-out contender is surely Hans-Dieter Flick.

After only taking charge of Bayern Munich last November, the German cannonballed his team to five trophies: Bundesliga, Champions League, German Cup, UEFA Super Cup and the German Super Cup, which saw him named the UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year. 

At the time of writing, Flick has a 90% win rate, having won 45 of his 50 games to date. Stunning.

Meanwhile, Chelsea women’s boss Emma Hayes is in the mix to win the Best FIFA Women’s Coach award, after leading Chelsea the Women’s Super League and League Cup double, while she’s since added the Community Shield to her ever-growing trophy cabinet.

Hayes comes up against six other managers: Lluís Cortés (Barcelona), Rita Guarino (Juventus), Stephan Lerch (Wolfsburg), Hege Riise (LSK Kvinner), Jean-Luc Vasseur (Lyon) and future England women’s boss Sarina Wiegman (Holland national team).

Lyon’s Vasseur was previously named UEFA Women's Coach of the Year for 2019/20 after he completed the French League, Cup and Champions League treble.

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