Regragui candidate for the prize of the best coach in the world

The coach of the Morocco team Walid Regragui, who has become the first African and Arab technical executive to lead his team to the semi-finals of the Football World Cup, is a candidate for the prize for the best national coach in the world, awarded by the International Federation of Football. Football History and Statistics (IFFHS).

Regragui appears in a list of candidates unveiled on Sunday by the IFFHS on its website and including, among others, the coach of the Argentina team Lionel Scaloni, winner of the World Cup-2022, the Frenchman Didier Deschamps, finalist in Qatar and winner of the trophy in 2020, and Zlatko Dalić, who won third place in the last World Cup with Croatia.

According to the IFFHS, the candidate who will succeed Italy coach Roberto Mancini will be known in early January 2023.

Regragui, who took the reins of the Moroccan selection replacing Vahid Halilhodzic, managed to build a competitive team which he guided to the 2nd round of the World Cup in Qatar as leader of group F, in front of strong teams like Croatia and Belgium, before offering themselves Spain, then Portugal and landing in the last four.

The 47-year-old former Moroccan international, appointed head of the Atlas Lions a few months before the start of the World Cup, also distinguished himself with Wydad Casablanca by winning the African Champions League and the Morocco. He has other experiences as a coach with FUS Rabat and Qatari Al Duhail to his credit.

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