Zidane makes final shortlist for ‘The Best’ coach award

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A successful debut season in charge of Real Madrid has resulted in Zinedine Zidane being shortlisted for FIFA’s ‘The Best’ coach award.The Frenchman took over midway through the campaign from the struggling Rafa Benitez and went on to lead Los Blancos to Champions League success in his first year in charge.Those achievements haven’t gone unnoticed by FIFA who have named Zidane among their candidates for the honour, along with Claudio Ranieri and Fernando Santos.The Italian tactician memorably masterminded Leicester City’s stunning against-the-odds Premier League title victory last season.Meanwhile, Santos was involved in another unlikely success as he helped an unfancied Portugal side to Euro 2016 glory in France during the summer.Despite leading his side to another Champions League final, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone missed out on the podium.The award will be presented at a ceremony on January 9 in Zurich.

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