Home > Sport > Football
Tuesday August 5, 2014 MYT 5:58:25 AM
Tuesday August 5, 2014 MYT 5:59:01 AM
PARIS (Reuters) - Corinne Diacre received a bouquet of flowers from her opposite number but ended up on the losing side when she became the first woman to coach a men's football team in a competitive professional match in France on Monday.
Diacre, celebrating her 40th birthday, also became the first woman to coach in a game in the top two divisions of European football as she made her debut with Clermont Foot in their Ligue 2 match away to Brest.
Despite taking an early lead, her side conceded two second half goals to lose 2-1.
"We made two mistakes on the goals that we conceded, but we did some good things which are promising for the future," Diacre told reporters.
"Brest were in charge of the game and we had to chase the ball too much.
"I'm still happy with my players because they gave so much," added Diacre, who was presented with flowers by Brest coach Alex Dupont before the game.
"I'm proud of their performance tonight. Clermont will have to be taken seriously this season."
Souleymane Sawadogo gave Clermont an eighth minute lead before Brest replied with goals from Bruno Grougi and Alexandre Alphonse after halftime.
Diacre, former captain of the France women's team, took over at the end of June following the surprise resignation of Portugal’s Helena Costa.
Costa became the first female to be named coach of a men's team in the top two divisions of European football but quit before taking charge of a game, saying the club had hired players without her knowledge.
Clermont finished 14th in the 20-team table last season.
(Reporting By Brian Homewood)
Losing first game of tournament is terrible, says Scolari
French club Clermont bring in another woman as coach
I'll be looked at differently, says female Clermont coach
Evergrande coach Lippi banned for AFC Champions League tie
Former Senegal coach Metsu dies aged 59 - French media
South Korea light on strikers for Asian Cup
Former Liverpool defender Hyypia quits as Brighton manager
Ramos caps 'best year' with Club World Cup award
Premier first as Arsenal chalk up five million followers
Ladies, time to stand up and fight for your man
Looking out for your ears
TripAdvisor’s most favoured cities for eve of 2015
Atari reveals fitness app with incentives for gamers
Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)