- Title: Ranieri, Santos and Zidane nominated for FIFA coach award
- Date: 2nd December 2016
- Summary: LISBON, PORTUGAL (FILE - JULY 11, 2016) (REUTERS) **** WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY **** AIRCRAFT CARRYING PORTUGAL TEAM TAXIS THROUGH JETS OF RED AND GREEN WATER AT AIRPORT PORTUGAL HEAD COACH FERNANDO SANTOS AND CAPTAIN CRISTIANO RONALDO HOLD UP EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY FANS WAVE TEAM WALK DOWN STEPS WITH TROPHY PORTUGAL TEAM'S BUS DRIVING THROUGH STREETS SURROUNDED BY FANS FANS MILLING AROUND THE BUSES TEAM BUSES ARRIVING AT FUTEBOL PARK FANS CHANTING AND WAVING NATIONAL FLAGS SANTOS MEETING PORTUGUESE PRESIDENT MARCELO REBELO DE SOUSA SANTOS POSING FOR PHOTO WITH CRISTIANO RONALDO, THE PRESIDENT OF THE PORTUGUESE FOOTBALL FEDERATION, FERNANDO GOMES AND SOUSA MARCOUSSIS, FRANCE (FILE - JUNE 27, 2016) (REUTERS) SANTOS (LEFT), WALKING WITH ASSISTANT COACH MARCOUSSIS, FRANCE (FILE - JULY 1, 2016) (REUTERS) SANTOS WALKING ON PITCH WITH ASSISTANT COACH, ILIDIO VALE (HAT) CRISTIANO RONALDO AND SANTOS TALKING ON FIELD MADRID, SPAIN (FILE - JANUARY 4, 2016) (REUTERS) ZINEDINE ZIDANE AND REAL MADRID PRESIDENT FLORENTINO PEREZ MILAN, ITALY (FILE - MAY 27, 2016) (REUTERS) REAL MADRID TEAM DOING WARM UP EXERCISES AT PRE-MATCH TRAINING SESSION AT THE SAN SIRO STADIUM ZIDANE LOOKING ON BY GOAL POST MADRID, SPAIN (FILE - MAY 29, 2016) (REUTERS) SANTIAGO BERNABEU STADIUM DURING CELEBRATION OF REAL MADRID'S 11TH CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TITLE VARIOUS OF PLAYERS LIFTING CUP, CHEERING MADRID, SPAIN (FILE - DECEMBER 19, 2015) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF ZIDANE, ENTERING STADIUM AHEAD OF A REAL MADRID CASTILLA MATCH AGAINST TALAVERA VARIOUS OF ZIDANE FROM SIDELINES WATCHING MATCH IN PROGRESS VARIOUS OF ZIDANE WATCHING MATCH IN PROGRESS ZIDANE SITTING ON BENCH ZIDANE LEAVING STADIUM
- Embargoed: 17th December 2016 15:06
- Keywords: Coach FIFA Awards Zidane Pizzi
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- Story Text: Claudio Ranieri and Fernando Santos, the men behind two of the year's biggest surprises, were nominated for FIFA's Coach of the Year award alongside Real Madrid's Zinedine Zidane on Friday (December 2).
In the year of surprises, Italian Ranieri led Leicester City to the English Premier League title against all the odds while Santos won Euro 2016 with Portugal, their first major trophy.
Zidane led Real Madrid to the Champions League title in his first season in charge, beating cross-city rivals Atletico in the final.
The first FIFA award was held in 1991 when it was won by German Lothar Matthaeus while the women's player of the year of the award has been held every year since 2001.
From 2010 to last year inclusive, the awards were organised jointly with France Football magazine and known as the FIFA Ballon d'Or.
Following the split with the French publication, the ceremony, which will be held in Zurich on Jan. 9, has been renamed "The Best FIFA Football Awards".
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