- Title: Ranieri, Santos and Zidane nominated for FIFA coach award
- Date: 2nd December 2016
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - APRIL 26, 2016) (REUTERS) RANIERI AT PROMOTIONAL EVENT BRUGES, BELGIUM (FILE - SEPTEMBER 13, 2016) (REUTERS) RANIERI AT A TRAINING SESSION
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- 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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