Written by Bede NNAJI

Pep, Enrique, Samapaoli battle for Coach of the Year

Fifa’s World Coach of the Year will be awarded at Monday’s Ballon d’Or gala as Luis Enrique, Pep Guardiola and Jorge Sampaoli compete for the coveted prize.

Guardiola - the only nominee to have won before, in 2011 - guided Bayern Munich to their third successive Bundesliga title and the Champions League semi-final stage.

Barcelona’s Luis Enrique is the hot favourite having eliminated Guardiola from Europe before winning the Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey and the Club World Cup in 2015.

Sampaoli earns his place in the final three for masterminding Chile’s first-ever Copa America triumph last year, as Alexis Sanchez and Co. defeated Argentina on penalties in the final on home soil.

The winner of the Fifa Coach of the Year is decided by votes taken from national team coaches, captains and journalists.

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