Guardiola, Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and Manchester United manager Sir
Alex Ferguson were shortlisted for the 2011 Fifa Coach of the Year award.
Guardiola’s men were again mesmeric in 2011, sweeping all before them with an
attractive style of football.
Madrid were their closest challengers, narrowly losing out in the domestic
league and in Europe. They did, however, gain a degree of revenge by lifting
the Copa del Rey with a 1-0 defeat of the Catalans in Valencia.
In addition to guiding United to the Champions League final, Ferguson also led
United to a record 19th English championship – the 12th under the Scot’s
United were also represented in the category for the 2011 goal of the year –
the Fifa Puskas award – with Wayne Rooney nominated for his stunning
overhead kick against Manchester City last season.
Messi’s clever chip and volley over Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia in the
Champions League last 16 last season was also put forward, as was Brazil
striker Neymar’s incredible solo effort for Santos against Flamengo in July.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Zurich on Jan 9, 2012.
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