Helena Costa on Wednesday became the first female to coach a professional men’s team in France when she was named coach of Clermont Foot of Ligue 2. Costa, 39, is the current coach of the Iranian women’s national team, but has also worked as a scout for Scottish giant Celtic. Clermont is in 14th-place in Ligue 2 with two games remaining in the French second division season
"It's a big surprise. ... It comes from nowhere," forward Remy Dugimont told L'Equipe. "We'll have to learn to know her. We hope it is going to be fine but I don't think there is problem." Defender Anthony Lippini added: "I can't wait for next season to discover this. Being the first professional players to be coached by a woman will be a unique experience."