Role Football manager
Name Helena Costa
1997–2010 Benfica (youth)
|Full name Helena Margarida dos Santos e Costa|
Date of birth (1978-04-15) 15 April 1978 (age 37)
Place of birth Alhandra, Vila Franca de Xira, Portugal
World s first female football manager helena costa appointed by french ligue 2 team clermont foot
Helena Margarida dos Santos e Costa (born 15 April 1978) is a Portuguese football manager.
- World s first female football manager helena costa appointed by french ligue 2 team clermont foot
- Football coach helena costa doesn t want any special treatment
Football coach helena costa doesn t want any special treatment
Costa has a master's degree in sports science and a UEFA A Licence in coaching. From 1997 to 2010, she coached Benfica's youth team, leading them to second place in the national championship in 2005. At the same time, she managed lower league side Cheleirense, winning the Lisbon championship in 2006. She also managed women's sides, winning two league titles with S.U. 1º Dezembro in 2007 and 2008, and taking Odivelas to promotion to the top flight as champions. From 2008 to 2011, she was a scout for Scottish club Celtic F.C. in Portugal and Spain. Costa returned to Celtic as a scout for separate spells in 2012 and in 2013.
As an international manager, she managed Qatar's women to their first ever victory (4–1 against the Maldives in 2012). On 22 October 2012 she was appointed manager of Iran's women but could not lead them to the 2015 World Cup.
She was initially going to coach French Ligue 2 club Clermont Foot from the end of the 2013–14 season becoming the first female coach of a professional football club in France, and the first in the top two tiers of a major European league. France's Women's Minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, reacted to Costa's announced appointment at Clermont Foot by writing "Congratulations to Clermont Foot for understanding that giving a place to women is the future of professional football" on Twitter. However, in June 2014, she decided to quit the position, citing "total amateurism" and a "lack of respect" from the part of the club, with the sporting director having players signed without her consent, and would not reply to her attempts to contact him. Costa was replaced by another woman, Corinne Diacre.