Luis Enrique wins 2015 FIFA Football Coach of the Year

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Image: Олег Дубина.

Today, Luis Enrique won the 2015 FIFA FIFA World Coach of the Year in Zürich, Switzerland.

Enrique, the manager of current FIFA Club World Cup winners FC Barcelona won five trophies in 2015 calendar year, with a successful treble in his first year as the manager. He won the award ahead of former Barcelona coach and current manager of the German giants Bayern Munich Pep Guardiola and Argentine Jorge Sampaoli, the coach of Chile’s national football team.

Guardiola lead Bayern to the Bundesliga title and under Sampoli, Chile won their first ever Copa América, defeating Argentina 4–1 on penalties.

Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez attended the ceremony and collected the award on the behalf of Enrique, who did not attend the function. Fernandez said “It must have been a very difficult choice because the other candidates very, very high quality,”. He also added that Luis wanted to share the award with all those people who supported him in the difficult and good times.

Enrique won the La Liga, Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and recently, the FIFA Club World Cup hosted in Japan in the first year. Fernandez also added “The staff, the president, the board, the fans and our players. This is an incredible dream team that has pushed us forward.” Not only with the trophies, Enrique’s Barcelona defeated their arch rivals Real Madrid 4–0 in the El Clásico earlier in November.

Earlier in the ceremony, Jill Ellis, coach of the United States’s women’s football team won the FIFA Football Women’s Coach of the year for winning the World Cup.

Cquote1.svg The staff, the president, the board, the fans and our players. This is an incredible dream team that has pushed us forward.
—Robert Fernandez (On Luis Enrique’s behalf)
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