Friday, September 29, 2023

Declan Rice, Ange Postecoglou and four Lionesses make shortlists for prestigious FIFA awards

Arsenal star Declan Rice and Tottenham head coach Ange Postecoglou are among those nominated for FIFA Best Awards.

The eighth edition of FIFA Best has brought forth an array of elite names from across the globe.

Rice has settled in straight away at ArsenalGetty

Rice, who completed a big-money move to Arsenal in the summer, has been named among the nominees the Best Men’s Players after a sensational season leading West Ham to Europa Conference League glory.

And he has fitted in straight away at the Emirates Stadium where Mikel Arteta has made him a key player.

Among the other Premier League candidates are five Manchester City players – Erling Haaland, Bernardo Silva, Rodri, Kevin De Bruyne and Julian Alvarez, who all won the treble at the Etihad Stadium while the latter also landed the World Cup.

Ilkay Gundogan was also among the City players to make the list although he joined Barcelona in the summer after his contract expired.

FIFA Best men’s player nominees

Julian Alvarez (Manchester City)
Marcelo Brozovic (Al Nassr)
Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
Ilkay Gundogan (Barcelona)
Erling Haaland (Manchester City)
Rodri (Manchester City)
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (Napoli)
Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)
Lionel Messi (Inter Miami)
Victor Osimhen (Napoli)
Declan Rice (Arsenal)
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)

Haaland helped City win the treble in his first season at the clubAFP

As well as players, coaches have also been honoured among the list of nominees – and Tottenham boss Postecoglou is among the elite group of five.

His nomination comes after a fine campaign with Celtic, who topped the Scottish Premiership with their dashing style of play.

Moving to Tottenham has seen the Australian’s ideas transpire with astonishing haste and Spurs have started in electric fashion.

Along with Postecoglou, four other bosses have been nominated including City’s Pep Guardiola, which is no surprise considering the treble swoop last season.

Simone Inzaghi of Inter Milan, Luciano Spaletti, who won Serie A with Napoli before becoming Italy boss and Barcelona boss Xavi are the other three candidates.

Postecoglou has been nominated among the best FIFA coaches this yearGetty

FIFA best men’s coach nominees

Pep Guardiola (Manchester City)
Simone Inzaghi (Inter Milan)
Ange Postecoglou (Tottenham Hotspur)
Luciano Spalletti (Napoli)
Xavi (Barcelona)

Among the women’s cohort, England boss Sarina Wiegman has been nominated for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach after taking the Lionesses to the World Cup final.

Ultimately, England fell at the final hurdle but it has been a remarkable 12 months after winning the European Championship last year.

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes was also named among the candidates but Jorge Vilda, who won the World Cup with Spain, has been left out.

There’s English interest in the Best Women’s player shortlist with four Lioneesees – Rachel Daly, Alex Greenwood, Lauren James and Keira Walsh – in contention to win the prize.

FIFA Best women’s coach nominees

Peter Gerhardsson (Sweden)
Jonatan Giraldez (Barcelona)
Tony Gustavsson (Australia)
Emma Hayes (Chelsea)
Sarina Wiegman (England)

FIFA Best women’s player nominees

Aitana Bonmati (Barcelona)
Linda Caicedo (Real Madrid)
Rachel Daly (Aston Villa)
Kadidiatou Diani (Lyon)
Caitlin Foord (Arsenal)
Mary Fowler (Manchester City)
Alex Greenwood (Manchester City)
Jenni Hermoso (CF Pachuca)
Lindsey Horan (Lyon)
Amanda Ilestedt (Arsenal)
Lauren James (Chelsea)
Sam Kerr (Chelsea)
Mapi Leon (Barcelona)
Hinata Miyazawa (Manchester United)
Salma Paralluelo (Barcelona)
Keira Walsh (Barcelona)

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