LYON, France (AP) – Europe’s most successful women’s soccer team has hired a woman as its coach for the first time with Lyon‘s appointment of Sonia Bompastor to replace Jean-Luc Vasseur.
On Tuesday, the seven-time European champion parted ways with Vasseur after the team recently was knocked out of the Women’s Champions League at the quarterfinal stage.
Lyon had won five consecutive Champions League titles but was eliminated by French rival Paris Saint-Germain this season. The 14-time French champions also trail PSG in the domestic league by one point.
The 40-year-old Bompastor, a former France midfielder and defender who played six seasons at Lyon has a contract through June 2023. She was the director of Lyon‘s women’s academy for the past eight years.
“I am a competitor, and I like challenges,” Bompastor said. “We have everything we need to win the title and rediscover the (Lyon) DNA on the pitch. I’m going to put that into place.”