Guardiola, Klopp, Pochettino, van Dijk, Messi, Ronaldo on FIFA The Best shortlist

FIFA The Best shortlist

Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino have been named in the FIFA shortlist for men’s coach of the year, with Lucy Bronze, Phil Neville, Ederson and Alisson getting nominated in other categories

Virgil van Dijk is on the shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Player award alongside Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo, both of whom he beat to UEFA’s Player of the Year gong last week.

City and Liverpool goalkeepers Ederson and Alisson are vying to be recognised as the world’s best ‘keeper alongside Barcelona’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

The finalists for eight of the total 11 awards were announced on Monday at the San Siro stadium in Milan, while the winners will be revealed at the Teatro alla Scala in the same city on September 23.

England Women head coach Phil Neville has been shortlisted for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach award.

USA coach Jill Ellis and Netherlands boss Sarina Wiegman complete the shortlist.

England and Lyon full-back Lucy Bronze has made the list for The Best FIFA Women’s Player award, but England’s standout star faces tough competition from two Americans.

Megan Rapinoe and USA team-mate Alex Morgan are also in contention.

The Puskas Award, traditionally given to the scorer of the ‘most beautiful’ goal of the calendar year, will be contested by Lionel Messi for his sublime chip against Real Betis in March.

His challengers are Juan Fernando Quintero of River Plate and 18-year-old Daniel Zsori.

The award for the best women’s goalkeeper will be between Paris Saint-Germain’s Christiane Endler, Wolfsburg’s Hedvig Lindahl and Atletico Madrid’s Sari van Veenendaal.

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Meanwhile, the 55-person shortlists for the Women’s and Men’s FIFPro World11 will be announced on September 4 and September 5 respectively.

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Greg Afamah

Written by Greg Afamah

Greg is a Sports content writer. He has many years of experience in Sports Writing. He was a writer for Opera News and is Editor-in-Chief at GoalBall.

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