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Morocco boss beats Jurgen Klopp to FIFA Best nomination after remarkable World Cup run

Jurgen Klopp won’t be in the running for the FIFA Best coach of the year award after being snubbed of a nomination, as Morocco manager Walid Regragui enjoys more acclaim after a historic World Cup run.


Walid Regragui has earned a nomination for the FIFA Best coach of the year award after remarkably leading Morocco to the World Cup semi-finals.


Regragui, 47, became the first African manager to lead a nation to the last four of the World Cup, as the Atlas Lions narrowly lost 2-0 to eventual runners-up France in their fairy-tale semi-final clash. Having only been in charge for three months prior to the tournament, the French-born tactician has now beaten Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to a spot in FIFA ‘s top five coaches of 2022.


Klopp can count himself unfortunate to miss out on a nomination, having won two domestic trophies with Liverpool in the early part of the year, and finishing second in both the Premier League and Champions League as the Reds eyed an unprecedented quadruple charge. But Regragui’s superb work in Qatar has instead been rewarded alongside four other top-class managers.

With the ceremony taking place on February 27, Pep Guardiola of Manchester City has received a nod after beating Klopp’s Liverpool in the hotly-contested Premier League title race back in May. Another man whose side pipped the Reds to a trophy, Carlo Ancelotti, has also been nominated, having won his fourth Champions League with Real Madrid thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win in a tense final.


Joining Guardiola and Ancelotti is world champion Lionel Scaloni, who’ll surely be the favourite for the FIFA award after guiding Argentina to glory at the World Cup last month. Didier Deschamps has also been commended for taking France to the final off the back of their 2018 triumph, as Les Blues agonisingly tasted defeat on penalties following a riveting 3-3 draw after extra-time.


The Frenchman’s work was recently rewarded with a new contract which keeps him in the France job until after the next World Cup, due to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico in the summer of 2026. While many would expect Deschamps and co to be there or thereabouts next time around, it’s Morocco who may never enjoy a better World Cup than in Qatar.Walid Regragui led a spirited Morocco to the World Cup semi-finals

Walid Regragui led a spirited Morocco to the World Cup semi-finals ( image: Mike Hewitt – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images


Having beaten Belgium, Spain and Portugal along the way to the last four, Regragui proudly declared: “We have shown we can go toe-to-toe with some of these top teams. This should inspire other African countries. It is in the DNA of European teams to reach the last stages, and we have to develop that in our DNA too. Then one day we can win the World Cup.


“Something really touches me when I see pictures of our fans, the children, the King celebrating in the street. Football allows you to dream, and we have allowed our children to keep these dreams alive and that is priceless. It means more to me than winning a World Cup.”

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