Ahead of Carlo Ancelotti and Diego Simeone at Ballon d’Or ceremony
- Joachim Low oversaw Germany’s fourth World Cup victory last summer
- Carlo Ancelotti guided Real to four trophies during a stellar 2014
- Diego Simeone led Atletico Madrid to their first league title since 1996
- Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned the Ballon d’Or winner
Germany manager Joachim Low was named the FIFA World Coach of the Year at Monday evening’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich.
Low beat Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and Atletico boss Diego Simeone to scoop the award having guided Germany to their fourth World Cup victory during last summer’s tournament in Brazil.
The 54-year-old helped end the country’s eighteen-year wait for silverware as Germany beat Argentina in the World Cup final courtesy of Mario Gotze’s extra-time strike.
Joachim Low (right) receives the Coach of the Year award from Ottmar Hitzfeld at the Ballon d’Or awards
Low guided Germany to a fourth World Cup victory during last summer’s tournament in Brazil
Low speaks to the media during Monday’s nominees for Coach of the Year at Monday’s press conference
Germany’s Mario Gotze (second left) holds aloft the World Cup after scoring the winner against Argentina
Upon receiving the gong, Low said: ‘This is a huge honour for me to receive this award after hugely successful 2014. This is the icing on the cake of the World Cup.
‘This is not considered to me to be my property but I am just taking it on behalf of the others.’
Ancelotti, who arrived at the ceremony with his wife Luisa, had been nominated after achieving ‘La Decima’ with Real Madrid.
In 2014, the Italian helped the Spanish giants win the Champions League, Copa del Rey, Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Simeone, meanwhile, guided Atletico Madrid to their first La Liga title in 18 years and also masterminded the club’s route to last season’s Champions League final in Lisbon.
JOACHIM LOW FACTFILE
Born: February 3, 1960
Playing career: Freiburg (78-80), Stuttgart (80-81), Eintracht Frankfurt (81-82), Freiburg (82-84), Karlsruher (84-85), Freiburg (85-89)
Coaching career: Frauenfeld (94-95), Stuttgart assistant (95-96), Stuttgart (96-98), Fenerbahce (98-99), Karlsruher (99-00), Adanaspor (2001), Tirol Innsbruck (01-02), Austria Vienna (03-04), Germany assistant (04-06), Germany (06- )
DFB-Ligapokal Runner-up: 1997
UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup Runner-up: 1997–98
FC Tirol Innsbruck
Austrian Football Bundesliga: 2001–02
Austrian Supercup: 2003
FIFA World Cup: 2014
Third place: 2010
UEFA European Championship: Runner up 2008; Third place 2012
Carlo Ancelotti is hoisted by his Real Madrid squad after guiding them to a historic 10th European crown
The Real Madrid boss arrived at the ceremony with his wife Luisa during the red carpet ceremony
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone led the club to their first La Liga title in 18 years last season
Simeone smiles and poses for the cameras during Monday’s glitzy awards ceremony in Zurich
Source : Daily Mail