(WFI) Helen Costa has become the first female manager of a professional team in France after taking the reins at Ligue 2 squad Clermont Foot 63.
Costa previously had managed the women’s national teams of Qatar and Iran and had coached in the youth levels of Portuguese club Benfica.
She will be formally introduced as Clermont manager after the season’s last two games are completed.
Before working in the Middle East, Costa was a professional scout for Scottish giant Celtic working in Portugal and Spain from 2008 to 2011.
“This appointment will allow Clermont Foot 63 to begin a new era, relying on a group of 17 players currently under contract, which will be added young players from the club,” Clemont said in a statement about the hiring.
Players and other football figures took to social media to announce their delight with the hiring.
Clermont Foot 63 player Anthony Lippi said “I cannot wait to return next season to be a part of it.”
“It will be a unique experience to be the first professional football team to be managed by a woman France. It is good. It creates a buzz,” he added.
France’s Minister for Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem took to Twitter to commend the Ligue 2 outfit.
“Bravo Clermont Foot for understanding that giving a place to women is the future of professional football.”
Clermont currently sit in 14th in Ligue 2 with two matches to play.
By INSIDER’s Aaron Bauer
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