"What a Man can do, a woman can do even better". This popular statement is about to be put to the test in the lucrative and competitive world of men's football as Iran female team coach, Helena Costa has been appointed as the coach of French second division league team, Clermont Foot. Making her the first woman to achieve such feat.
Portugal-native Helena Costa was hired by the French second division team to replace Regis Brouard. Clermont Foot believes ”this nomination should help Clermont enter into a new era,”.
The 36 years old Costa has previously coached the women’s national teams of Qatar and Iran, and also worked as a scout for Scottish giants, Celtic . Now, she will become the first female head coach of a Top 2 division team in Europe’s five major leagues when she takes over Clermont Foot next season.
One woman has been previously hired to coach a professional team but in a third-tier league. Carolina Morace coached the Italian team Viterbese in 1999, but quit after just two matches because of “constant media pressure,”.
Will Costa end the same way? That's left to be seen. But she has received worldwide support from personalities in world football including slepp Blatter, Arsene Wenger. She also received positive support from the social media.