Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been named men's World Coach of the Year for 2015 at the annual Ballon d'Or ceremony in Zurich, Switzerland.


Enrique enjoyed an incredible 12 months in 2015 in charge of the team he used to play for. Despite a rocky start to the calendar year, the Barcelona boss guided the Catalan giants to an historic second treble as they collected La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League honours.

After the opening half of the 2015/16 campaign, his team have lost fewer games than anyone else in Spain's top flight and they sit just two points off the lead with a game in hand.


On a global stage Enrique also led his team to international glory as FIFA Club World Cup

champions, beating River Plate in the final in Japan to end the year on a great high just before Christmas.

Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez accepted the award on Enrique's behalf, with the 45-year-old unable to attend the event because of his demanding schedule.

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Enrique finished ahead of Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, who added yet another title to his personal trophy case in 2015 with Bundesliga honours, and Jorge Sampaoli, who was in charge as Chile won the 2015 Copa America on home soil in the summer.


Masimiliano Allegri, Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc, Unai Emery, Jose Mourinho, Diego Simone and Arsene Wenger were the seven other nominees that hadn't made the final three-man shortlist.

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In the women's game, the Coach of the Year prize was won by Jill Ellis after she led the United States to World Cup glory for the first time in 16 years this summer. English-born Ellis, who took over control of the USNWT in 2014, finished ahead of Japan boss Norio Sasaki and England's Mark Sampson in the final standings to claim the prestigious award.


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