Conte a candidate for 'FIFA Coach of the Year': 'An honor and motivation'
The head coach of the National team, Antonio Conte, is one of the coaches chosen by FIFA for the 'Coach of the Year 2014' award that will be given on January 12th in the Congress Building in Zurich during the FIFA Golden Ball award ceremony.
'I am honored to be in the list of coaches candidates for this award' – said Conte – because it represents from one side recognition for the work carried out and from the other, another reason to do well with the National team. My candidature and that of Carlo Ancelotti confirm the value of the technical school in Coverciano, showing that our football is alive and well and able to transmit innovate and winning ideas'.
There are no Italian players, however, in the list of the 23 candidates for the Golden Ball award that will be chosen by the captains and coaches of the National teams, along with a jury of international journalists chosen by France Football. On December 1st, the organizers will release the names of the 3 players who have received the greatest number of votes without, however, revealing the winner.
Golden Ball candidates 2014: Gareth Bale (Wales), Karim Benzema (France), Diego Costa (Spain),Thibaut Courtois (Belgium), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Angel Di Maria (Argentina ), Mario Goetze (Germany), Eden Hazard (Belgium),
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Toni Kroos (Germany), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Javier Mascherano (Argentina ), Lionel Messi (Argentina ), Thomas Mueller (Germany), Manuel Neuer (Germany), Neymar (Brazil), Paul Pogba (France), Sergio Ramos (Spain), Arjen Robben (The Netherlands), James Rodriguez (Colombia), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany), Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast).
Candidates for 'Coach of the year 2014: Carlo Ancelotti (Italy, Real Madrid), Antonio Conte (Italy, Juventus/National italiana), Pep Guardiola (Spain, Bayern Monaco), Jurgen Klinsmann (Germany, National USA), Joachim Loew
(Germany, National tedesca), Josè Mourinho (Portugal, Chelsea), Manuel Pellegrini (Cile, Manchester City), Alejandro Sabella (Argentina , National Argentina ), Diego Simeone (Argentina , Atletico Madrid), Louis Van Gaal (The Netherlands, National olandese/Manchester United).