FIFA The Best 2021 has been announced and German domination continues in the best coach as the award went to Thomas Tuchel. In the best player, Robert Lewandowski won twice in a row.
The German hegemony in FIFA Best coach is inevitable when Thomas Tuchel brought Chelsea win their second Champions League plus UEFA Super Cup title in 2021. Despite failing in FA Cup and only finishing fourth in the Premier League, such was enough to beat his contenders in this year's edition, Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola and Gli Azzurri manager who was also the former Manchester City commander, Roberto Mancini. Tuchel's victory has put Germany in front with five times win, followed by Spain with three times.
The Germans began their dominance in this category when Juergen Klopp led Liverpool to clinch their sixth Champions League trophy in 2019, followed by their first Premier League title in 2020 after their last English top flight league title before Premier league era in 1989/90 season. The former Dortmund boss was awarded twice consecutively. Even last year, he shared the same points with Hans Flick who guided Bayern to win a treble in 2020, including UCL. However, it was Klopp who won the award since he gained more votes from national team managers.
Previously, the Germans had won twice when the award was still named FIFA World Coach of the Year as it was still combined with Ballon d'Or. The two previous victors were Jupp Heynckes in 2013 and Joachim Low in 2014. Heynckes helped Bayern clinch their first treble while Low led Die Mannschaft to win the World Cup respectively.
Meanwhile, in the players category, Robert Lewandowski eventually earns his second award twice in a row after beating Messi and Mo Salah. The Polish captain gained four points higher than Messi from the results of the votes. Lewy contributed well in Bayern's domestic victory and FIFA World Cup 2021 after defeating UANL of Mexico in the final. He also scored eight goals in eight matches of UEFA World Cup qualifiers. However, the former Dortmund man has not sealed one berth in Qatar 2022 yet as Poland would have to go through playoff stage to claim one spot in the final round.
Unfortunately, Lewy's teammate, Manuel Neuer was unable to follow his path of success as the German skipper was beaten by Chelsea's Edouard Mendy. The Senegal international helped The Blues win UCL title plus made nine clean sheets in all competitions last season. The former Reims and Rennes man is the first African goalie ever awarded by FIFA in this category, although he missed out the best starting eleven.