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Historic Debut: Eta makes history as first woman to manage in Bundesliga

Marie-Louise Eta’s historic appointment as the first female coach to manage a game in the Bundesliga is a momentous occasion for women in sports. Her success in leading Union Berlin to a 1-0 victory over Darmstadt serves as a significant milestone in the world of football. Eta’s background as a former player in the Frauen Bundesliga and her experience in winning league titles and the Women’s Champions League bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her coaching role. Her achievement also paves the way for more opportunities for women in coaching positions across top-tier football leagues. This moment not only celebrates Eta’s individual accomplishment but also represents a larger shift towards gender equality and inclusivity in professional sports.
On January 29, 2024, at 04:45 AM ET, Marie-Louise Eta was appointed as assistant coach in November. Maja Hitij/Getty ImagesMarie-Louise Eta achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first female coach to lead a game in the Bundesliga, guiding Union Berlin to a 1-0 victory over Darmstadt on Sunday. Eta’s groundbreaking achievement comes after being appointed to the coaching staff in November. She took charge of the club on Sunday in the absence of interim head coach Marco Grote, who was suspended for an altercation in the previous game. Benedict Hollerbach, Union forward, scored the winning goal just after the hour mark, securing the club a crucial three points to maintain their 15th place position, six points ahead of relegation-threatened 16th place FC Cologne. Eta, aged 32, has a successful playing career in the Frauen Bundesliga with Turbine Potsdam, winning the league three times in a row and lifting the Women’s Champions League in 2010. She also played for Hamburg, Cloppenburg, and Werder Bremen before retiring in 2018. Despite Union’s fourth-place finish last season, securing their first-ever Champions League group stage spot, they were eliminated in the group stage earlier this season.

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