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Jurgen Klopp named coach of the year at FIFA Best Football Awards

Jurgen Klopp (Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp (Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was named the men's coach of the year at the FIFA Best Football Awards on Thursday.

Klopp became the first to win the award twice, beating Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa and Bayern Munich's treble-winning manager Hans-Dieter Flick.

Having won last year following the Reds' Champions League triumph, Klopp was presented with the award again after ending Liverpool’s long wait for a Premier League title.

Klopp gave credit to his coaching team, saying: "I have to thank these boys. What we did in the last few years was really special."

On the Premier League title, the German added: "I had no idea how it would feel, and it felt absolutely overwhelming."

Son Heung-min's sublime individual goal for Tottenham against Burnley last December has been named the best in the world over the last year.

The South Korean picked up the ball on the edge of his own area during the 5-0 Premier League win before running through the entire Burnley team and slotting past Nick Pope.

Son beat efforts from Luiz Suarez for Barcelona and Flamengo's Giorgian De Arrascaeta to win the Puskas Award.

The award, first established in 2009, is named after former Real Madrid striker Ferenc Puskas.

Son follows in the footsteps of the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, James Rodriguez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mohamed Salah in claiming the award.

The men's best award went for the first time to Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who beat Lionel Messi and Ronaldo.

Including the previous incarnations of the award, it is just the second time in 13 years that neither Messi nor Ronaldo has won.

- TEAMtalk media

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