Wenger earns Ballon d'Or nomination

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger heads a 10-man shortlist for the Ballon d'Or Coach of the Year award.

After finishing fourth in the Barclays Premier League last season, Wenger was forced to re-build his squad following a summer littered with exits from the Emirates Stadium.

However, after a shaky start the Frenchman has steadied the ship, and while a title tilt appears unlikely, victory over Chelsea last weekend proves Wenger has more to give.

He joins fellow Premier League pair Sir Alex Ferguson, who won his 12th league title with Manchester United in May as he approaches his 25th year at Old Trafford, and Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas who won fourth trophies with Porto last season.

The 34-year-old guided his Porto side to the Portuguese league without loosing a game, while he became the youngster manager to win a European trophy when he captured the Europa League after being Braga.

European Cup winner Pep Guardiola is the leading club manager contender, while La Liga rival Jose Mourinho is also included despite playing second fiddle for much of the season to the Catalan giants.

Other club managers included on the list are Jurgen Klopp, who won Borussia Dortmund their first domestic title for eight seasons and Rudi Garcia a domestic double winner with Lille.

Three international bosses are in contention, with World Cup winning manager Vicent Del Bosque helping to maintain Spain's No.1 world ranking, while Joachim Loew's Germany won all 10 of their qualifying games for next summer's European Championships.

Uruguay boss Oscar Tarabez is the final international nominee, after he captured the Copa America and help propel the country to fourth in the world, their highest world ranking in the country's international history.

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