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FIFA have announced the nominees for the 2020 edition of The Best Awards across the different categories – male and female – and in three sections: best player, best goalkeeper and best coach.

Voting will be public until December 9, inclusive and after the finalists are known, The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020 gala will take place on December 17.

Among the eleven nominees for the best footballer of the year are two Spaniards: Thiago Alcantara, who won the Champions League with Bayern Munich, and Sergio Ramos, the captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish national team. In the women’s section, Jenni Hermoso, a Spanish international who plays for Barcelona, has been nominated.

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The five coaches competing for this award are Julen Lopetegui, who won the Europa League with Sevilla, Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid), Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool), Marcelo Bielsa (Leeds United) and the favourite for the award, Hansi Flick, who lifted the Champions League as Bayern Munich boss. Barcelona women’s coach Lluis Cortes is among the five coaches nominated in the women’s category.

As for the best goalkeepers, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are all represented with Thibaut Courtois, Marc-Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Jan Oblak respectively, while the other three nominees are Alisson Becker (Liverpool), Keylor Navas (Paris Saint-Germain) and Manuel Neuer (Bayern).

The eleven male players nominated for The Best Award 2020:
Thiago Alcantara (Spain / Bayern Munich / Liverpool)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal / Juventus)

Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium / Manchester City)

Robert Lewandowski (Poland / Bayern Munich)

Sadio Mane (Senegal / Liverpool)

Kylian Mbappe (France / Paris Saint-Germain)

Lionel Messi (Argentina / Barcelona)


Neymar (Brazil / Paris Saint-Germain)

Sergio Ramos (Spain / Real Madrid)

Mohamed Salah (Egypt / Liverpool)

Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands / Liverpool)

The eleven female players nominated for The Best Award 2020:
Lucy Bronze (England / Lyon / Manchester City)

Delphine Cascarino (France / Lyon)

Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway / Barcelona)

Pernille Harder (Denmark / Wolfsburg / Chelsea)

Jennifer Hermoso (Spain / Barcelona)

Ji So-yun (South Korea / Chelsea)

Sam Kerr (Australia / Chelsea)

Saki Kumagai (Japan / Lyon)

Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany / Lyon)

Vivianne Miedema (Netherlands / Arsenal)

Wendie Renard (France / Lyon)

Best coach in the FIFA men’s category:
Marcelo Bielsa (Argentina / Leeds United)

Hansi Flick (Germany / Bayern Munich)

Jurgen Klopp (Germany / Liverpool)

Julen Lopetegui (Spain / Sevilla)

Zinedine Zidane (France / Real Madrid)

Best coach in the FIFA women’s category:
Lluís Cortes (Spain / Barcelona)

Rita Guarino (Italy / Juventus)

Emma Hayes (England / Chelsea)

Stephan Lerch (Germany / Wolfsburg)

Hege Riise (Norway / LSK Kvinner)

Jean-Luc Vasseur (France / Lyon)

Sarina Wiegman (Netherlands / Dutch national team)

Best goalkeeper in the FIFA men’s category:
Alisson Becker (Brazil / Liverpool)

Thibaut Courtois (Belgium / Real Madrid)

Keylor Navas (Costa Rica / Paris Saint-Germain)

Manuel Neuer (Germany / Bayern Munich)

Jan Oblak (Slovenia / Atletico Madrid)

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Germany / Barcelona)

Best goalkeeper in the FIFA women’s category:
Ann-Katrin Berger (Germany / Chelsea)

Sarah Bouhaddi (France / Lyon)

Christiane Endler (Chile / Paris Saint-Germain)

Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden / Wolfsburg / Atletico Madrid)

Alyssa Naeher (United States / Chicago Red Stars)

Ellie Roebuck (England / Manchester City)

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