Sir Alex Ferguson given presidential award for services to football

Guardian

• Manchester United manager received award from Sepp Blatter• Barcelona's Pep Guardiola named coach of the yearThe Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, was on Monday night given the Fifa presidential award for services to football.The 70-year-old was presented with the award by the Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, at the Fifa Ballon d'Or gala in Zurich.Blatter said: "Elite football is all about results and winning and there is no one better at it than him. His first major success came at Aberdeen in 1983 but what is absolutely extraordinary is that in a world in which coaches are expected to produce instant results or be changed, his longevity is a shining example of what can be achieved through stability, continuity, investment in development and especially in trust and confidence in the personality himself."He has earned a knighth...

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