IFFHS World's Best Club Coach

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Marcello Lippi, 1996 Best Club Coach of the Year, first winner of the Trophy

The IFFHS World's Best Club Coach is an association football award given annually, since 1996, to the most outstanding club coach as voted by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). The votes, in 1996, were cast by IFFHS's editorial staff as well as experts from 89 countries spanning six different continents. Since then, the votes are now awarded by 81 experts and selected editorial offices from all of the continents.[1]

Public reception[edit]

The award is officially recognised by FIFA despite the IFFHS not being affiliated with them.[2] However, as the award is usually awarded based on statistics rather than individual merits, it is not held in high regard by some football fans.[3] Four times winner, José Mourinho once jokingly stated that the IFFHS were slow in handing over the award claiming he had not received his award from 2010 in 2012.[4]

List of winners[edit]

The award is awarded every January. The winning coach and the runner up in the rankings are awarded a gold and silver trophy respectively at the World Football Gala.[5] Below is a list of the previous winners and runners-up since the first award in 1996.[6]

José Mourinho, 2012 Best Club Coach of the Year, and a record four-time winner of the Trophy
Year Winning coach Winning coach's club Runner-up coach Runner-up coach's club Source
1996 Italy Marcello Lippi Italy Juventus Argentina Ramón Díaz Argentina River Plate
1997 Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld Germany Borussia Dortmund Scotland Alex Ferguson England Manchester United [7]
1998 Italy Marcello Lippi (2) Italy Juventus Germany Jupp Heynckes Spain Real Madrid
1999 Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson England Manchester United Sweden Sven-Göran Eriksson Italy Lazio
2000 Argentina Carlos Bianchi Argentina Boca Juniors Argentina Héctor Cúper Spain Valencia
2001 Germany Ottmar Hitzfeld (2) Germany Bayern Munich France Gerard Houllier England Liverpool [7]
2002 Spain Vicente del Bosque Spain Real Madrid France Arsène Wenger England Arsenal
2003 Argentina Carlos Bianchi (2) Argentina Boca Juniors Italy Carlo Ancelotti Italy Milan
2004 Portugal José Mourinho England Chelsea France Arsène Wenger England Arsenal
2005 Portugal José Mourinho (2) England Chelsea Spain Rafael Benítez England Liverpool
2006 Netherlands Frank Rijkaard Spain Barcelona Portugal José Mourinho England Chelsea
2007 Italy Carlo Ancelotti Italy Milan Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson England Manchester United
2008 Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson (2) England Manchester United Netherlands Dick Advocaat Russia Zenit St. Petersburg
2009 Spain Pep Guardiola Spain Barcelona Scotland Sir Alex Ferguson England Manchester United
2010 Portugal José Mourinho (3) Italy Inter Milan Spain Pep Guardiola Spain Barcelona
2011 Spain Pep Guardiola (2) Spain Barcelona Portugal José Mourinho Spain Real Madrid
2012 Portugal José Mourinho (4) Spain Real Madrid Italy Roberto Di Matteo England Chelsea
2013 Germany Jupp Heynckes Germany Bayern Munich Germany Jürgen Klopp Germany Borussia Dortmund [8]
2014 Italy Carlo Ancelotti (2) Spain Real Madrid Argentina Diego Simeone Spain Atlético Madrid [9]
2015 Spain Luis Enrique Spain Barcelona Spain Pep Guardiola Germany Bayern Munich [10]
2016 Argentina Diego Simeone Spain Atlético Madrid France Zinedine Zidane Spain Real Madrid [11]

World Coach of the Decade[edit]

In 2011, the IFFHS awarded an additional award to coaches by combining the points awarded in the annual World's Best Club Coach awards, to the coach who had gained the most points collectively over the previous ten years to determine the best coach of the previous decade. This World Coach of the Decade award was awarded to Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger, despite the fact he had never won the annual World's Best Club Coach award.[12][13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guardiola voted best coach in the world". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  2. ^ Dan Ripley (2011-01-07). "Wenger named world's best manager of the past decade". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  3. ^ "Guardiola voted IFFHS' World's Best Club Coach". Total Barca. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  4. ^ "Jose Mourinho affirms Kaka will be staying at Real Madrid despite Paris Saint-Germain speculation". Goal.com. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  5. ^ "Pep Guardiola, for the second time, obtained recognition as the best coach in the world". NTN24. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  6. ^ Erik Garin (2007-08-02). "IFFHS' World's Best Coaches of the Year 1996-2006". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  7. ^ a b Massimo Marzocchi (January 5, 2002). "Hitzfeld honoured for success at Bayern". The Scotsman. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Josef "Jupp" Heynckes is the world's best club coach 2013". iffhs.de. 2014-01-10. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  9. ^ "THE WORLD'S BEST CLUB COACH 2014". iffhs.de. 2015-01-21. Retrieved 2015-01-21. 
  10. ^ "THE WORLD'S BEST CLUB COACH 2015". iffhs.de. 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  11. ^ "THE WORLD'S BEST CLUB COACH 2016 : Diego Simeone". iffhs.de. 2016-12-26. Retrieved 2016-12-27. 
  12. ^ "Wenger: World Coach of the Decade". ESPN. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  13. ^ "Arsene Wenger coach of the decade". Soccer Magazine. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 

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