The head coach of the Algerian national football team Djamel Belmadi has been shortlisted amongst 10 nominees for FIFA Best Men’s coach of the year.
Djamel Belmadi guided Algeria to winning the 2019 African Nations cup that ended recently in Egypt.
After a turbulent period which saw Algeria employ seven coaches in three years, it took Djamel Belmadi less than one year to restore order and turn a dispirited squad into finalists at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
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Although he had only coached in Qatar before taking the job, Belmadi has lifted the “Desert Foxes” out of their rut and turned them into the most impressive side at the AFCON tournament.
He was appointed coach of the Desert Foxes on August 2nd 2018.
Also on the shortlist of ten are; Didier Deschamps coach of France. EPL title winning coach of Manchester City Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool who won the 2019 UEFA Champions League and finished second in the EPL, Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino, defeated finalist of the champions league.
We also have Fernando Santos who guided Portugal to triumph at the maiden edition of the UEFA Nations League, Tite who lead Brazil to Copa America glory, Ricardo Gareca coach of Peru, Eric Ten Hag who took his Ajax of Armstedam side to the UEFA champions league semi finals and Marcelo Gallardo coach of River Plate Football club.
The FIFA World Coach of the Year is an award given annually to the football coach who is considered to have performed the best in the previous 12 months. It is awarded based on votes from coaches and captains of international teams, as well as journalists from around the world.
The award started in 2010 after France Football’s Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year award were merged. José Mourinho was the first winner of the men’s FIFA World Coach of the Year award in 2010.
Nji Nelson Chefor