World Football

A woman among men

In's latest Video of the Week, we introduce a woman who etched her name into the history books as the first ever female coach of a professional men's football team.

Until fairly recently, the idea of a female coach in charge of a professional men's side was unheard of. That all changed, however, when French second division side Clermont Foot became the first men's team to appoint a woman, Corinne Diacre, as head coach. You can learn more about Diacre in's latest Video of the Week.

The 40-year-old, who has taken the role at the Ligue 2 club in her stride, has been heralded as a pioneer for women's coaching in men's sports. A France international during her playing career, Diacre also took part in the 2003 edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup™.

After hanging up her boots, she was appointed France national coach Bruno Bini's assistant before assuming the mantle of head coach herself at Clermont. Diacre now hopes to pave the way for other female coaches in the men's game.

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