The Lady in Red and Blue

Clermont Foot were founded in 1990, they play their football in the Second Divison of France Ligue 2, and although they are a very young club they have made a massive decision that no major European league team has done in it’s history.

In May 2014 Clermont hired Helena Costa as their new manager the first female manager of a Men’s Professional football team since Carolina Morace, who took charge of Italian Serie C1 team Viterbese for two matches in 1999. A month after Helena was hired as the new Clermont Foot manager she resigned citing that players were being bought behind her back and that she wasn’t getting a say in major management decisions. In June 2014 Clermont decided to stick with their plan and hired another female coach in French Women’s footballing legend Corinne Diacre who had earned 121 caps for the national team.

Clermont Foot were never considered a team that would be fighting for promotion but two years on from Corinne’s appointment as manager Clermont Foot they sit third in Ligue 2 with a real chance of getting promoted and Corinne has a chance of becoming the first ever female coach to manage in one of the biggest leagues in Europe.

Team Pld W D L F A GD
1  Position identique AS Nancy Lorraine 20 12 6 2 31 12 +19 42
2 Position identique Dijon FCO 20 11 5 4 35 18 +17 38
3 Position identique Clermont Foot 20 9 7 4 32 24 +8 34
4 Progression au classement FC Metz 20 9 6 5 25 18 +7 33
5 Regression au classement Havre AC 20 9 5 6 24 21 +3 32
6 Progression au classement RC Lens 20 8 8 4 21 20 +1 32
7 Regression au classement Red Star F.C 20 8 7 5 19 17 +2 31
8 Progression au classement FBBP 01 20 9 2 9 33 34 -1 29
9 Regression au classement AJ Auxerre 20 8 5 7 20 21 -1 29
10 Progression au classement Tours FC 20 6 9 5 19 17 +2 27
11 Regression au classement Stade Brestois 29 20 7 5 8 20 22 -2 26
12 Regression au classement Stade Lavallois 20 6 7 7 19 23 -4 25
13 Position identique Evian TG FC 20 5 6 9 24 23 +1 21
14 Position identique Chamois Niortais 20 3 12 5 19 22 -3 21
15 Progression au classement Valenciennes FC 20 4 8 8 16 23 -7 20
16 Regression au classement US Créteil-Lusitanos 20 6 2 12 22 37 -15 20
17 Regression au classement FC Sochaux-Montbéliard 20 4 7 9 14 18 -4 19
18 Position identique AC Ajaccio 20 3 9 8 14 21 -7 18
19 Position identique Paris FC 20 1 12 7 14 24 -10 15
20 Position identique Nîmes Olympique 20 4 8 8 21 27 -6 12

Not only will it be a massive story because she is doing so well, but it will also be a major story because Clermont Foot are not a team that anyone would have thought could get promoted this season. Since the club was formed in 1990 the club has moved up through all the divisions but has been in Ligue 2 since 2007, they have never been promoted to Ligue 1. So it will a massive achievement for the club as well as a massive achievement for Corinne Diacre and female coaches all over the world.

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