French club Clermont Foot makes history
Paris: Helena Costa, who was previously in charge of the Iran women’s national team, will take over the reins at French soccer club Clermont Foot next season. The club hinted at a new dawn for the sport after appointing the country’s first ever professional female coach for a male team.
The 36-year-old will become the first female coach of a French professional football club, while her appointment, represents the first time a team in the top two divisions of one of Europe’s big five leagues – Spain, Germany, England, Italy and France- has hired a female
manager. While Costa is the first ever female coach in French professional football, Nelly Viennot previously served as an assistant referee in France, also featuring in Champions League games.