FIFA awards: Joachim Loew wins ‘Manager of the Year’

German manager Joachim Loew is still harvesting the labour of his handwork this summer when he lead his team to the World Cup. He was named ‘Manager of the Year’ by FIFA earlier today.

He faced stiff competition as he was nominated alongside Diego Simeone and Carlo Ancelotti, who both rose to high levels as they lead their respective sides to the pinnacle of football. Simeone lost his top striker in Radamel Falcao last season and still lead his team, against all odds, to the La Liga title. Atletico Madrid won the title with competition from big spending Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Carlo Ancelotti lead his Real Madrid side to the Champions League, winning the team’s tenth Champions League trophy.

Loew paid tribute to the three German players present at the ceremony; Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos, and Philipp Lahm; saying, “It is a gift to be able to work with you.”

He carried on in his speech, “It is a huge honour after what’s been an incredibly successful year. It’s the icing on the cake – the cake obviously being the World Cup. I’m just taking this award on behalf of everybody who has taken this team to where it is.

“Winning the World Cup is the consequence of lot of hard work and many good decisions. I would like to thank all the German coaches who do so much good work with the young players. They are all Coaches of the Year.”

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