Advertisement

For the first time, a woman will coach an Italian national football team

AFP
AFP - [email protected]
For the first time, a woman will coach an Italian national football team
New coach Patrizia Panico (L) during a World Cup appearance. Photo: Vince Bucci/AFP

In a footballing first, a woman will coach a male outfit in Italy when former player Patrizia Panico takes the helm of the national under-16 team.

Advertisement

Rated the best female footballer from Italy, Panico is assistant for the under-16s but the head coach Daniele Zoratto is set to take over the under-19 side temporarily, propelling her into the top post for a spell.

"There are many walls still to break down," said the 42-year-old Panico of the daily barriers women face in Italy, which lags some other countries in Europe when it comes to equality.

"But this will help them fall."

"To be the first woman to coach a male side is a huge success for me," added Panico, who scored 110 goals for Italy in a mammoth 204 international appearances.

The two games Panico will oversee while Zoratto is away are against Germany on March 22nd and 24th.

For the latest sport news from Italy, follow our Sport section here.

READ ALSO: Women's football club final scrapped over 'lesbian' slur

Women's final scrapped over 'lesbian' slur

Italy's footballers Lisa Boattin and Carlotta Cartellide celebrate after defeating Venezuela in their Fifa U-17 Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2014. Photo: Ezequiel Becerra/AFP

More

Comments

Join the conversation in our comments section below. Share your own views and experience and if you have a question or suggestion for our journalists then email us at [email protected].
Please keep comments civil, constructive and on topic – and make sure to read our terms of use before getting involved.

Please log in to leave a comment.

See Also