Updated: Wednesday, 07 May 2014 18:13 | By Agence France-Presse

French club Clermont name woman coach

French second division club Clermont on Wednesday named Portuguese Helena Costa as coach, becoming one of the highest-level teams in Europe to put a woman in charge.

French club Clermont name woman coach

File photo shows Clermont's Congolese forward Sloan Privat (R) being congratulated by teammates after scoring during the French Cup match against Saint-Etienne at the Geoffroy Guichard stadium in Saint-Etienne on January 8, 2011 AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE MERLE - by Philippe Merle

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.

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

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