-- Santos & Ranieri Nominated for Coach of the Year --
Former Greek National Team coaches, Fernando Santos and Claudio Ranieri, have been nominated for the 2016 FIFA's coach of the year award.
This year's FIFA Coach of the year nominations have a taste of Greece as Fernando Santos and Claudio Ranieri were nominated for the award. Both have coached the Greek National Team in the past and it is well known to all that Fernando Santos classifies Greece as his second home and patrida.
Fernando Santos has coached at PAOK, AEK, Panathinaikos, and of course our National Team in his long managerial career. In his 4-years in charge of Greece, he took the Galanolefki to the Euro 2012 Quarter-finals and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Round of 16. This past year, he was in charge of Portugal, who won this summer's Euro 2016 Title in France.
Claudio Ranieri was also nominated for the award after taking the surprise underdogs, Leicester City, to the English Premier League Title. Like Santos, Ranieri also coached the Greek National Team but led them to complete destruction during Euro 2016 qualifying, finishing with 3 losses (including to the Faroe Islands) and one draw.
The other 8 candidates include: Chris Coleman (Wales), Didier Deschamps (France), Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich, Manchester City), Juergen Klopp (Liverpool), Luis Enrique (Barcelona), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid), and Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid).
The award winner will be announced on January 9, 2017. Good luck Fernando Santos!