Simeone 'deserved' award nomination
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says he is disappointed his club’s manager Diego Simeone has not made the shortlist for FIFA coach of the year.
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Simeone was a notable absentee when the ten-man list was published, while higher profile names including Arsene Wenger, Vicente del Bosque and Jose Mourinho were included despite having had less successful years.
The Argentine boss has had an excellent 2013 so far, with Atletico surprising Mourinho’s Real Madrid in their own Estadio Santiago Bernabeu to win last season’s Copa del Rey final, currently top of their Champions League group with a 100 percent record, and starting La Liga with nine wins from their first ten matches.
Cerezo told reporters that Simeone fully deserved to be recognised at the Ballon D’Or ceremony.
“[Simeone] should have been nominated, but unfortunately we are not the ones who makes the list,” the Colchoneros chief said. “He deserves it in every way. He is among those who deserve it most. He is [also] among those who have won the most trophies in recent years. More than angry, I am disappointed. Simeone is the sensation of Europe.”
Full coach of the year shortlist: Carlo Ancelotti (Real Madrid/ex-Paris St Germain), Rafael Benitez (Napoli/ex-Chelsea), Antonio Conte (Juventus), Vicente Del Bosque (Spain), Sir Alex Ferguson (ex-Manchester United), Jupp Heynckes (ex-Bayern Munich), Jurgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund), Jose Mourinho (Chelsea/ex-Real Madrid), Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazil), Arsene Wenger (Arsenal).