Zidane shortlisted for FIFA award

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has been included on FIFA's three-man shortlist for their World Coach of the Year award for 2016.

The 44-year-old guided Los Blancos to their eleventh Champions League title in May after being appointed to replace Rafael Benitez four months earlier, while he since led them to a six-point lead in La Liga and a 32-match unbeaten run across all competitions.

Zidane joins Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri and Portugal manager Fernando Santos, who guided their side's to surprise victories in the English Premier League and the European Championships respectively.

Ranieri – who previously coached at Atletico Madrid and Valencia – is favourite for the award having guided Leicester to a remarkable title victory in England while the Foxes have also qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Santos brought Portugal their first ever major trophy after they overcame the odds to defeat hosts France in the European Championships final.

The award is now entering it's seventh year, with no coach to win the honour more than once. Pep Guardiola (Barcelona, 2011), Vicente Del Bosque (Spain, 2012) and Luis Enrique (Barca, 2015) are previous Spanish-based winners of the gong.

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