Montemurro and Miedema Nominated for FIFA Best Awards


Arsenal Women manager Joe Montemurro has been nominated in the best women’s coach category for this year’s FIFA Best awards. The Australian led Arsenal to a comprehensive WSL title victory in his first full season in charge, with his side amassing a goal difference of +57 in 20 league games last season.

He is nominated alongside Italy coach Mile Bertoni, outgoing US coach Jill Ellis, Sweden’s Peter Gerhardsson, Spain U-17 coach Tona Is, Japan U-17 coach Futoshi Ikeda, England boss Phil Neville, Lyon manager Reynald Pedros, North Carolina Courage manager Paul Riley and Netherlands coach Sarina Weigman.

Meanwhile, in the best women’s player category Vivianne Miedema made the shortlist alongside Lucy Bronze, Julie Ertz, Caroline Graham Hansen, Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry, Sam Kerr, Rose Lavelle, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Ellen White and Wendie Renard. The winners will be announced in October.

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Come on everyone vote for them


Fully deserved!


I feel that Rapinoe will win, but Miedema really deserves it for her exploits all year round. Similarly, I think Montemurro deserves it but Ellis wil get it. These competitions tend to be heavily biased towards major cup competitions.

Anyway, it is great they were both nominated and still not too late to influence the outcome. Let’s all vote in force, Gooners!

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I agree our nominations are well deserved but this is a FIFA award so it will go to a high profile player and manager i.e. those that did well in the recent World Cup. Not too many fans outside of the UK that follow WSL unfortunately. Jill Ellis has just won back to back World Cup’s and has announced she is now leaving the USA team so she is the likely manager recipient and of course the tournament is being heralded as Megan Rapinoe’s World Cup although Rose Lavelle is an outside bet! I fear that our Viv didn’t show… Read more »


Such a lousy site tried for a week to vote, keeps saying site has a problem at present. Typical FIFA.