Real Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti could earn an enviable double this month as he is among the trio in the final cut for the FIFA Men’s Coach Award.
On Saturday he leads Real Madrid to face Al Hilal of Saudi Arabia in the final match of the Club World Cup in Rabat Morocco. That could be his first major win this year.
Then on Monday 27 February, he will contest with the duo of Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola and Argentina’s Lionel Scaloni in the The Best FIFA Men’s Coach award.
The three are the shortlisted for the category which was released this Thursday by FIFA.
Last year’s winner was Thomas Tuchel, who ended Jurgen Klopp’s two-year reign with the trophy by finishing on top of a podium which also included Italy’s Roberto Mancini in second and Guardiola in third.
Guardiola is back for another crack at winning the award and the Manchester City boss is up against Real Madrid’s Ancelotti and Argentina’s Scaloni.
France’s Didier Deschamps and Morocco’s Walid Regragui were both on the initial five-man shortlist but an international panel, made up of men’s national team coaches, men’s national team captains, football journalists and fans have decided on the final three.
The award rewards a coach’s performances between August 8, 2021 and December 18, 2022.
None of the shortlisted trio have ever won the award before. Indeed, Guardiola is the only one of the trios to make the final three, coming third last year and second in 2019.
The City boss will hope to go one better this time around, having led his side to Premier League glory, but he’ll have to see off competition from winners of two other major trophies.
Ancelotti’s Real Madrid won La Liga and the Champions League, whereas Scaloni’s success came in the international game as he led Argentina to World Cup victory in Qatar.