Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been named the 2015 FIFA World Coach of the Year for Men's Football.
Enrique led Barcelona to trophies in La Liga, the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup and UEFA Super Cup during the 2015 calendar year. A Spanish national and former great as a player with the club, Enrique steered Barca to a 30–4–4 mark in La Liga in his second season at the helm. It is the first time he has won the award.
Enrique has Barcelona out to another solid start, sitting second in the La Liga table. Barcelona also won its Champions League group and will play Arsenal on Feb. 23 in the round of 16 in its quest to repeat as continental champion.
Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola and Chile’s Jorge Sampaoli finished as runners-up for the honor. Enrique won 31.08% of the votes, edging Guardiola, who earned 22.97%. Sampaoli garnered 9.47%.
The Blaugrana were busy at the annual gala in Zurich, with Lionel Messi and Neymar both finalists for FIFA’s Ballon d’Or award.