The players nominated for FIFA's 'The Best' award 2018

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Barcelona's first team coach Ernesto Valverde has been named as one of candidates in FIFA's "The Best" Coach category.

The period covered July 3 2017 to July 15 this year, which saw the Three Lions first qualify for the 2018 World Cup with an unbeaten record before going on to reach the semi-finals, eventually finishing fourth in Russian Federation.

FIFA will host the annual Best Football Awards gala on September 24, in London, where the victor will be announced.

Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah are two of ten nominees for the 2018 FIFA Best Men's Player award, also known as the Ballon d'Or. He then played a fantastic World Cup where Croatia became finalists.

The nominations include Asako Takakura, who guided Japan to the Women's Asian Cup title and Reynald Pedros, whose Olympique Lyonnais won a third consecutive Champions League and the French league title.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association also announced the 10 nominees for The Best Women's Player award: Lucy Bronze, Pernille Harder, Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry, Samantha Kerr, Saki Kumagai, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Marta, Megan Rapinoe and Wendie Renard.

Liverpool's manager was nominated for the prize Tuesday in recognition of a 12-month period that included leading the Reds to the 2017-18 Champions League final.

Alongside Champions League victor Zinedine Zidane, who oversaw Real Madrid's victory over Liverpool prior to resigning from his post.

Argentine forward Messi topped the scoring charts with 34 goals in Barcelona's third La Liga title win in the last four seasons.

From the shortlist, four groups of the football community, namely journalists, fans, national team coaches and captains - each section having a weighting of 25% - will now be allowed to vote for their favourites.

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