FIFA regrets Guardiola’s absence from Ballon d’Or


LAUSANNE: FIFA expressed their regret on Friday (Saturday in Manila) over Pep Guardiola’s absence from Monday’s Ballon d’Or awards where he is in the running for coach of the year. The Spaniard is skipping the ceremony in Zurich to oversee Bayern Munich’s training camp in Qatar. Bayern, already in Qatar, will be represented by club ambassador, former Germany international Paul Breitner. The Bayern players on the short list to make team of the year are Manuel Neuer, David Alaba, Xabi Alonso, Arturo Vidal, Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski.



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