Pep Guardiola clinched the 2023 The Best FIFA Men’s Coach award in recognition of his outstanding achievement in guiding Manchester City to a historic treble in the previous season.
As the head coach of the Cityzens, Guardiola led a star-studded squad featuring talents like Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne, securing triumphs in the Premier League, FA Cup, and the Champions League.
Guardiola outshone competitors such as Simone Inzaghi of Inter and Luciano Spalletti, who led Napoli to the title, and is currently managing the Italy national men’s team. Notably, he became the first coach to achieve two European trebles, having accomplished the feat in 2009 with Barcelona.
In the final shortlist for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach award, Xavi, the current Blaugrana boss, and Ange Postecoglou, recognized for winning a domestic treble with Celtic before joining Tottenham Hotspur, were also considered.
This marks Pep Guardiola’s first win of FIFA’s prestigious prize, having previously finished as the runner-up in 2019 and securing third place in both 2021 and 2022. Guardiola’s victory brings the award back to a club manager after Lionel Scaloni received it for leading Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar.
He is the seventh manager to win the men’s coach award, following the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps, Claudio Ranieri, and Thomas Tuchel. In the men’s player award, Haaland was shortlisted along with Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi.
Additionally, several other Manchester City players were nominated in various categories, showcasing the team’s collective success in the 2022/23 season. Despite a slow start to the current campaign, City is performing well in the Champions League and is only two points behind Liverpool in the Premier League.