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Football: French club names woman coach in landmark move

Published on May 7, 2014 10:09 PM
A picture made available on May 7, 2014, shows Helena Costa, former head coach of Iran's women national soccer team, during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, on June 11, 2013. The Portuguese soccer coach was named new head coach of French Ligue 2 soccer club Clermont Foot and will become the highest-profile female coach of a European men's professional soccer team. -- PHOTO: EPA

CLERMONT-FERRAND (AFP) - French second division club Clermont on Wednesday named Helena Costa as coach, making the Portuguese the highest-level woman in charge of a men's team in the major European championships.

Costa, 36, has been the coach of the women's national sides in Qatar and Iran. She learned the managerial trade with Benfica in Portugal. But Costa has also worked as a scout for Scottish champions Celtic and top clubs in Spain and Portugal.

"This nomination will allow Clermont Foot 63 to enter a new era," said a club statement announcing the appointment.

Clermont Foot are 14th in the French second division with two matches to play. Current coach Regis Brouard will leave at the end of this season and Costa will take over straight after, Clermond said.

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