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Diego Simeone must be handed FIFA coach of the Year award

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Some of the world's best managers have been included in the FIFA Coach of the Year shortlist; the likes of Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, Manuel Pellegrini, Pep Guardiola and Co. have all made it, but there's only man who should be considered for the top award: Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.

Of course Joachim Low and Carlo Ancelotti deserve a mention. After all, Low was instrumental as Germany won the World Cup and Ancelotti guided Real Madrid to their 10th major European title. 

But, Simeone's success in 2014 was quite extraordinary. There's no doubt about it, despite failing to overcome Real Madrid in the Champions League final, the Atletico boss was out on his own in 2014. 

His achievements with a club the size of Atletico were outstanding. To win La Liga - a competition involving the European giants of Barcelona and Real Madrid - is quite remarkable. 

But, in truth, the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Co. weren't on the same level on the domestic scene when compared with the team that Simeone put together last season. 

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What a team 

It's hard to analyse the side that Simeone created at Atletico last season, without discussing the mentality of the players and the team that was created. Of course, this side represented the world-class Diego Costa, but it was never just about one man. Yes, Costa was influential, and struck time-after-time last season, but the players around him were just as pivotal. 

The likes of Arda Turan, Koke, Gabi, Miranda and Co. all knew their roles under Simeone, and stuck to them with perfection. You only have to look at the LFP Awards Gala in Madrid on Monday night, as Atletico's stars were snubbed for the top awards. 

Simeone, on the other hand, collected the top coach award for his part in the club's success. He didn't have any galacticos, but he had a team prepared to fight for him. 

Incredible achievement

To win La Liga after years of domination from Barcelona and Real Madrid was truly amazing. It just shouldn't have happened. It wasn't just a fairytale match, but a fairytale season. 

Even, on the final day of the season, when they were tipped to miss out on the title on the final day against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, they stunned the world by securing the result they needed. Even the Catalan faithful clapped them off the field at the end, despite the fact that they had just seen their side miss out on the top trophy.

Everything Simeone touched seemed to turn to gold. He built his side on a strong, organised defence, but quickly implemented a winning mentality to all of those around him. 

Of course, the one disappointment - the Champions League final - will hurt him for a long time, but it was ridiculous that him and his side even managed to get their in the first place. 

Simeone is an exceptionally talented coach, and will only continue to prove himself on the global stage. It's got to be him who lands the FIFA Coach of the Year award; his great achievement deserves to be recognised. 

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