Joachim Low wins Coach of the Year at 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or awards

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Germany manager Joachim Low has been named 2014 Coach of the Year in the build-up to tonight's FIFA Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in Zurich.

The World Cup winning tactician beats Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti and Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone to claim the prestigious individual accolade.

Low received over 36 per cent of the votes cast as reward for the part played in his country's major tournament success in Brazil last summer, after beating Argentina in the final to lift the trophy.

However, it was Germany's emphatic 7-1 victory against the host nation in the semi-finals that will be remembered most fondly, after a ruthlessly efficient display in Belo Horizonte blew the South Americans away.

First-half goals from Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos (2), Miroslav Klose and Sami Khedira set the Germans on their way to the final, and a brace from Andre Schurrle put the icing on the cake to confirm the Brazilians' first competitive home defeat for 39 years.

Ancelotti missed out on the award despite guiding Real Madrid to their tenth European Cup, bringing 'La Decima' back to the Bernabeu after an extra-time victory over Simeone's Atletico Madrid in Lisbon.

The Argentine had been hoping to orchestrate a memorable league and cup double after helping Los Rojiblancos win La Liga at the expense of Los Blancos and Barcelona, but it wasn't to be.

In the women's equivalent, Wolfsburg's Ralf Kellerman won the Coach of the Year award as acknowledgement of his notable success with the German club after guiding them to successive Champions League titles in the female game.

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