Monday November 30 2015
Allegri snubbed for Coach of the Year

Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri has not been nominated for FIFA’s Coach of the Year award.

The Bianconeri won the Scudetto and the Coppa Italia last season, as well as reaching the Champions League final.

However, a poor start to this season appears to have undermined Allegri’s standing for the award, which is based on a calendar year, as he has not received a nomination.

Barcelona’s Luis Enrique has been nominated, after leading the Catalan giants to the treble last season, beating Allegri’s Juve in the Champions League final.

The Blaugrana are top of La Liga this term, with a number of eye-catching results, including beating Real Madrid 4-0 in the Clasico and Roma 6-1 in the Champions League.

Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola and Chile CT Jorge Sampaoli are the other tacticians nominated, the latter having won the Copa America.

For the Ballon d’Or, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both make the top three, the fifth time in a row the pair have both been up for the award.

Messi’s Barcelona teammate Neymar is the third player nominated, and will be looking to break the Messi-Ronaldo hegemony.

Including France Football’s Ballon d’Or, which became the FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010, no player outside of that pair has won the award since Kaka in 2007.

Messi has been awarded the Ballon d’Or on four occasions, most recently in 2012, while Ronaldo has three wins, including the last two.

In addition, since 2008, the top two have been Messi and Ronaldo, with the exception of 2010 where Andres Iniesta was runner-up.

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