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Tottenham’s Harry Kane has joined England internationals Lucy Bronze and Jodie Taylor in being shortlisted for The Best FIFA Football Awards.
The second edition of the latest incarnation of FIFA’s annual awards will be held on October 23 in London, recognising top performers from the 2016-17 season.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s duopoly of the main men’s award looks set to continue, with Spurs striker Kane the only British representative on the 24-strong group vying for The Best FIFA Men’s Player crown.
Alexis Sanchez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard are the others recognised for their Premier League exploits, while England internationals Bronze and Taylor are up for the women’s award.
Holland forward Vivianne Miedema is also a contender for The Best FIFA Women’s Player , while Carli Lloyd, who spent part of last season on loan at Manchester City, is another among the 10 shortlisted.
A frustrating first campaign in the Premier League has not stopped Pep Guardiola being shortlisted for The Best FIFA Men’s Coach award.
The Manchester City boss is joined by Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte in an expanded 12-candidates list.
Chelsea also boast a candidate for The Best FIFA Women’s Coach award as Emma Hayes’ work in the Women’s Super League has been recognised.
The shortlists were decided by two panels of what FIFA call “renowned experts from across the six confederations”.
The men’s awards recognised achievements from November 20, 2016 to July 2, 2017, with the women’s awards taking into account the period up until August 6, 2017.
National team captains, national team head coaches and members of the international media each make up 25 per cent of the vote for the award, with a public fan ballot making up the remaining quarter.
The voting process will open on August 21 and close on September 7.
The Best FIFA Men’s Player
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus/AC Milan), Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Harry Kane (Tottenham), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Neymar (Barcelona/Paris St Germain), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Luis Suarez (Barcelona), Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich)
The Best FIFA Men’s Coach
Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Carlo Ancelotti (Bayern Munich), Antonio Conte (Chelsea), Luis Enrique (Barcelona), Pep Guardiola (Manchester City), Leonardo Jardim (Monaco), Joachim Low (Germany), Jose Mourinho (Manchester United), Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham), Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid), Tite (Brazil), Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid)
The Best FIFA Women’s Player
Lucy Bronze (Manchester City), Deyna Castellanos (Santa Clarita Blue Heat), Pernille Harder (Linkopings/Wolfsburg), Sam Kerr (Perth Glory/Sky Blue FC), Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/Manchester City), Dzsenifer Marozsan (Lyon), Lieke Martens (Barcelona), Vivianne Miedema (Arsenal), Wendie Renard (Lyon), Jodie Taylor (Arsenal)
The Best FIFA Women’s Coach
Olivier Echouafni (France), Emma Hayes (Chelsea), Ralf Kellermann (Wolfsburg), Xavi Llorens (Barcelona), Nils Nielsen (Denmark), Florence Omagbemi (Nigeria), Gerard Precheur (Lyon), Dominik Thalhammer (Austria), Sarina Wiegman (Holland), Hwang Yong-bong (North Korea and North Korea Under-20s)
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