Samantha Kerr and Alen Stajcic officially amongst ‘The Best’
The two Australians are amongst the nominees for FIFA's annual 'The Best' awards for 2017-1825 July 2018 | FT Editor
Samantha Kerr has been nominated for another award - this time FIFA award for best women's player for a second consecutive year.
Also nominated in 'The Best' awards (not to be confused with the Ballon d'Or) is Matildas coach Alen Stajcic, who is in the running for the best coach in women's football.
Kerr's firepower and Stajcic's guidance helped the Matildas reach an all time high ranking of number 4 at the end of 2017. They are currently ranked eighth in the world.
Between August last year and May this year which encompasses the voting period, the Matildas had two wins v Brazil and lost the Asian Cup Final to Japan.
Among Kerr's ten rivals for best women's player award are six players from European and French champions Lyon, including captain Wendie Renard of France, and Dzsenifer Marozsan and Saki Kumagai, the captains of Germany and Japan respectively.
US international Megan Rapinoe and five-time award winner Marta of Brazil have also been nominated.
Stajcic is vying for his coaching award with 2017 winner and Netherlands coach Sarina Wiegman, and Japan coach Asako Takakura.
Meanwhile, in the men's game France's Kylian Mbappé and Croatia's Luka Modrić will challenge the decade-long dominance of FIFA's best player award by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
France also has Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane, who won a third straight Champions League title, on the FIFA list.
Belgium has Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard on a shortlist completed by World Cup golden boot winner England captain Harry Kane and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.
In the men's coach of the year, the group is headlined by Didier Deschamps, who led France to win the World Cup, and his 1998 World Cup-winning teammate Zidane, who coached Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League title, lead a field of 11 contenders.
The winners are announced in London on 24 September after a vote by national coaches and captains, plus media from FIFA's 211 member countries, as well as fans voting online.
The full list of nominees can be found here.
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