Last year’s Champions League finalists are accompanied by the World Cup winner in the race for the annual award
Fifa and France Football have announced that Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone and Germany boss Joachim Low will contest the 2014 World Coach of the Year award.
Ancelotti guided Madrid to their 10th European Cup success in his first season at the Santiago Bernabeu, while also steering them to Copa del Rey glory.
Simeone was a key factor in Atletico’s first La Liga win since 1996 and also guided them to the final of the Champions League, where they were beaten by Real Madrid after extra time.
Low, meanwhile, was at last rewarded for his good work with Germany as they were crowned world champions in Brazil after previously reaching the final at Euro 2008 as well as making it to the last four at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
The World Coach of the Year award went to Jupp Heynckes in 2013 following his treble-winning campaign with Bayern, while Vicente del Bosque, Josep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho emerged victorious in the preceding years.
Fifa and France Football will announce the winner on January 12 at the Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala.