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Klopp wins IFFHS Coach of the Year prize

IFFHS Awards: Klopp beats Guardiola to best club coach prize in historic win

November 27, 2019 By Ali M.
The IFFHS also named the National Team Coach of the Year for 2019.

Jurgen Klopp has been recognized as the world's best club coach in football in 2019 by the IFFHS Awards. The German boss beat rival Pep Guardiola to this accolade by a landslide, making history along the way.

After finishing as runners-up in 2018, the Liverpool boss scooped up the award with a landslide victory after guiding the Reds to the Champions League title. Let's also not forget that they are the favorites to win the Premier League this season and are yet to lose a domestic game.

A total of 90 journalists and experts voted for this award, with the former Dortmund boss earning 369 points. That tally has never been reached before, making this the record points earned.

In second was Pep Guardiola, who led Man City to the domestic treble. Despite winning more trophies than his counterpart, the Spaniard managed only 100 points, less than a third of what Klopp received. In third was "the revelation of the year" Erik Ten Hag, who led Ajax to the semi-finals, with former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and River Plate's Marcelo Gallardo coming in fourth and fifth respectively.

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And Jurgen Klopp crushes Pep Guardiola!! Copa Libertadores winning coach Jorge Jesus finishes only 7th! #IFFHSAwards #IFFHS #bestcoach

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That wasn't the only award to be given to a coach, as the International Federation of Football History and Statistics also named the best national team boss of 2019. That prize went to Fernando Santos, the tactician who led Portugal to the UEFA Nations League over the summer.

He beat out Brazil's Tite, who won the Copa America over the summer, by the slightest of margins – 10 points, to be exact. This was the second times Santos has received this accolade. Check out the results of the voting below.

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Portugal's #NationsLeague winning coach is THE BEST national team coach in the world according to the #IFFHS. Meanwhile, Africa boasts one man in the Top 5: Algeria's AFCON 2019 winning manager, Djamel Belmadi! #IFFHSAwards

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