today's Pick
French football team appoints female coach
Publish Date: May 08, 2014
newvision
  • mail
  • img

Portuguese football coach Helena Costa posing in Sintra on December 12, 2006. French second division club Clermont on May 7, 2014 named Portugal's Helena Costa as coach, making her the highest-level woman running a men's team in a major European championship. AFP PHOTO

CLERMONT-FERRAND - 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.

Before Costa's appointment, Carolina Morace was the most notable woman coach in the key European leagues. Morace was manager at Italian Serie C1 side Viterbese for just two matches in 1999, quitting because of the media pressure.

The historic move in naming a woman boss vaulted Clermont out of their relative obscurity.

"Bravo Clermont Foot for understanding that giving a place to women is the future of professional football," commented France's Women's Rights Minister Najat Belkacem on Twitter.

"We would like to congratulate Helena sincerely on taking up this new role," said a Celtic spokesperson.

"She did an excellent job for us and we know she will give her new position the same high level of commitment and dedication which she gave to Celtic."

 Portuguese football coach Helena Costa doing keepie-up in Odivelas on July 31, 2008.  AFP PHOTO

Clermont supporters were delighted by the move.

"It suprised us when we read the club statement. But once we got over it we all believe that it is a good thing," said Veronique Soulier, president of the Clermont Foot Supporters Club.

"The boys in the team can be difficult to manage. They can be quite sensitive, that is what the other coaches have told us. With a woman in charge maybe they will be less demanding," said Soulier, herself a rare woman head of a supporters' club in France.

Costa took her first Portuguese Football Federation coaching course at the age of 21, coming first out of 120 mainly male participants.

She also has a UEFA coaching qualification and passed degrees in sports science.

After helping Benfica's youth team to second place in the national championship in 2005 she was briefly coach at amateur side Cheleiros and guided them to the Lisbon regional championship.

Costa took over the Qatar women's team in 2010 and moved to Iran's women's side in 2012. She left Iran in September last year.

AFP

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
AFCON 2017 qualifier: Comoros 0 Uganda 1
Uganda’s Gabon 2017 campaign is right on track after the Cranes saw off Comoros in an Africa Nations Cup qualifier at the Mitsamiouli Stadium....
Wavamunno: Making of a successful businessman
From humble beginnings, Gordon Wavamunno has managed to not only survive, but thrive as a businessman....
AFCON qualifier: Comoros v Uganda
If Cranes hope to progress to the 2017 Nations Cup finals, they will have to gather a minimum of 12 points to progress....
Gulu to start mass anti-malaria treatment
Gulu district is to embark on mass fever treatment as a strategy to bring down the rising cases of malaria in the district....
Mbabazi releases new consultation programme
Former Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi has released his new programme for consultations....
Media asked to promote sex education
The media is asked to promote sex education to curb teenage pregnancies, child mothers, abortions and other related sexual vices....
Are poor parliamentary debates a result of removal of school debates?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter