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French football club names female manager

Helena Costa has been appointed as the new coach of Ligue 2 side Clermont.

Costa will take charge of Clermont at the end of the season.
Costa will take charge of Clermont at the end of the season.
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Updated at 12.55

FRENCH SECOND DIVISION club Clermont today named Portuguese Helena Costa as coach, becoming one of the highest-level teams in Europe to put a woman in charge.

Costa, 36, trained with Benfica before coaching the women’s national sides in Qatar and Iran. She has also worked as a scout for Scottish champions Celtic and top clubs in Spain and Portugal.

She becomes the first-ever female to manage a professional men’s team in France, and will take charge after the club’s final two games of the season.

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

Celtic have already given their congratulations to Costa.

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Additional reporting by Paul Fennessy

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