Tottenham Hotspur’s Mauricio Pochettino and Harry Kane are used to Premier League accolades. Now they’re getting worldwide nominations. FIFA announced via their social media channels that both Pochettino and Kane have been shortlisted for 2017 The Best FIFA awards.
First, Harry Kane has been nominated along with 23 other players for the 2017 The Best FIFA Men’s Player of the Year.
The list is long, and includes all of the luminaries of world football, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Pierre Aubameyang, Eden Hazard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Andres Iniesta, Neymar, and N’Golo Kante. The full list can be viewed on FIFA’s website.
Pochettino is one of 12 candidates for the 2017 The Best FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year. He is joined by, Massimiliano Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Luis Enrique, Antonio Conte, Zinedine Zidane, Jose Mourinho, Diego Simeone, Leonardo Jardim, Pep Guardiola, Tite, and Joachim Low.
The Best FIFA Awards arose last year after FIFA ended its relationship with the Ballon d’Or, with the award reverting to France Football. The Best FIFA are now the officially recognized awards of the governing body of world football.
The awards are for performance from November 2016 through early July 2017. Voting will be determined in part by a public fan vote, as well as national team captains and managers, and a panel of over 200 members of the football media. Voting begins on August 21 and the winners will be announced in November.