Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was pleased to see women’s football share the stage with their male counterparts at The Best FIFA Women’s Football Awards 2020 this evening.
World football’s governing body, FIFA, recognised the achievements of both men’s and women’s football in their virtual awards ceremony in Zurich.
Liverpool manager Klopp was crowned The Best FIFA Men’s Coach 2020 this evening. There were notable awards handed out in the women’s game too with Manchester City’s Lucy Bronze being crowned The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2020 while The FIFA FIFPro Women’s World11 2020 included no less than five English-based players.
When speaking to FA Women’s Super League Full-Time in the post-ceremony press conference, Klopp admitted that he has long been a fan of the women’s game.
“I have watched women’s football from when I was still living in Frankfurt 25 years’ ago” said The Reds boss. “I used to go and see FFC Frankfurt play, Birgit Prinz was the best striker at that time.
“I always loved the football.”
This evening’s ceremony saw FIFA treat both the men’s and women’s award winners equally with The Best FIFA Women’s Player 2020, Bronze, being given exactly the same spotlight as men’s award winner Robert Lewandowski. This was just one of several equal platforms given to men’s and women’s players throughout the evening.
Some football fans try to compare the quality of women’s competitions such as the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with men’s elite competitions but for Liverpool boss Klopp, football should simply be viewed collectively as one game with no real need to compare differences between the men’s and women’s games.
He commented by saying “From a physicality point of view, it is not the same, of course not. Why would you compare it?
“It is like men’s tennis and women’s tennis. Yes, the service of a man is probably greater than the service of a woman, that’s all.
“From a technical and tactical point of view, I have always loved it (women’s football), I love the game.
“We have to do this kind of thing (The Best FIFA Football Awards) on the same stage.”
Klopp has been crowned The Best FIFA Men’s Coach for the second consecutive year. There was almost an English-based winner of the women’s equivalent award, however, Chelsea manager Emma Hayes was unlucky to be beaten to the accolade by Dutch national team head coach Sarina Wiegman.