Brian Schmetzer has never won MLS Coach of the Year, but he’s now a finalist for top club coach in the world. The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) named Schmetzer among 15 finalists for its top men’s club coach in 2022. Notably all five coaches who won their respective federation’s champions league titles are among the finalists. Although the IFFHS is separate from FIFA, the world’s governing body does recognize this award.
The IFFHS has been giving out this award since 1996 and a European club coach has won it in all but two seasons. Those two exceptions were when Boca Juniors’ Carlos Bianchi won it in 2000 and 2003. A non-European has only even made it into the top 3 on three other occasions and no coach from Concacaf has ever made it that high. Schmetzer is likely the first American-born coach to be named a finalist.
Jose Mourinho is the only coach to have won the award more than twice, having claimed it in 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2012. Tomas Tuchel became the sixth German coach to win the award last year.
IFFHS men’s club coach of the year finalists
|Carlo Ancelotti||Italy||Real Madrid*|
|Pep Guardiola||Spain||Manchester City|
|Unai Emery||Spain||Villarreal/Aston Villa|
|Oliver Glasner||Austria||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|Luiz Felipe Scolari||Brazil||Athletico Paranaense|
|Hugo Ibarra||Argentina||Boca Juniors|
|Walid Regragui||Morocco||Wydad Casablanca*|
|Brian Schmetzer||USA||Seattle Sounders*|
|Albert Riera||Spain||Auckland City*|