First time in history. A German beauty became the coach of a men's soccer club in the Bundesliga. Photo
Marie-Louise Eta has become the first female coach in the history of the Bundesliga. The official website of the German elite division reports that the 32-year-old specialist has joined the coaching staff of the Union football club.
Union was previously led by Urs Fischer. After his dismissal, Mark Grothe was appointed acting head coach. Eta, who previously worked on Grothe's coaching staff in the Union youth team, will assist the 51-year-old coach in the first team.
After 11 rounds of the Bundesliga, the Berlin club has gained 6 points and is in last place, 18th in the standings.
Marie-Louise is a native of Dresden. She is a three-time winner of the German U-17 championship with Turbine Potsdam. After joining the senior women's Bundesliga team, Marie-Louise won the UEFA Women's Champions League in 2010 and was crowned national champion three times in a row.
She went on to play for Hamburg, Kloppenburg and Werder Bremen before retiring in 2018 at the age of 26.
A solid midfielder, she played under her maiden name Bagehorn for most of her career before marrying former player and coach Benjamin Ehta in 2014.
She won the U20 World Cup in 2010 with the German youth women's national team and then worked under Bettin Wiegmann as an assistant coach in the German national team. Since 2019, she has led the country's women's national teams of all ages (U15, U17, U19).