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Guardiola in top three for World Coach award

Pep Guardiola is on the three-man shortlist for the World Coach of the Year award, world football’s governing body FIFA announced on Monday. Guardiola, who claimed the accolade in 2011, is up against Luis Enrique of Champions League winners Barcelona and Argentine Jorge Sampaoli from Copa America winners Chile. The coach of the year will be announced on 11 January at the Ballon d'Or Gala in Zurich.

No FCB men in World Player vote-off

By contrast, the World Player of the Year will definitely not come from FC Bayern this time. The final shortlist for 2015 features serial winners Lionel Messi (four awards) and Cristiano Ronaldo (three), along with Brazil goal-getter Neymar. Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben and Arturo Vidal were on the 23-strong preliminary list of candidates. Neuer and Franck Ribéry finished third in the vote in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

Ribéry and Bernat on the training ground

Apropos Franck Ribéry, the Frenchman returned to the training ground on Monday after a three-day break due to illness, completing an intensive workout supervised by fitness coach Dr. Holger Broich. Juan Bernat is also making progress towards a comeback and worked with sports rehab specialist Thomas Wilhelmi. There was no scheduled squad session on the day.