Marie-Louise Eta guides Union Berlin to victory as she becomes first female coach to take charge of Bundesliga game

Marie-Louise Eta stepped up to take charge with Nenad Bjelica suspended after shoving Leroy Sane in the face in Union Berlin’s 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich in midweek; Eta is a Women’s Champions League winner and was brought in to work with Union Berlin’s first-team squad last year

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Image: Marie-Louise Eta led Union Berlin to a Bundesliga win against Darmstadt

Marie-Louise Eta made history as she became the first female coach to take charge of a Bundesliga fixture, guiding Union Berlin to victory over Darmstadt.

The 32-year-old former Germany youth international was named as an assistant first-team coach for Die Eisernen earlier this season.

She took charge of the Bundesliga strugglers for their home game against bottom club Darmstadt with Nenad Bjelica suspended.

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Eta’s first experience leading a side in the division ended with a 1-0 victory courtesy of Benedict Hollerbach’s strike just after the hour as she also completed all of the pre and post-match media duties.

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A Women’s Champions League winner with Turbine Potsdam in 2010, Eta had previously worked in the youth set-up at Union.

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FC Union Berlin manager Nenad Bjelica was suspended for three games after an unseemly altercation with Bayern forward Leroy Sane

She was brought in to work with the first-team squad last year and stepped up in the absence of the suspended Bjelica.

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Bjelica was banned for three games after shoving Bayern Munich forward Leroy Sane in the face during a 1-0 loss to the reigning champions on Wednesday.

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The German Football Association deemed the act – which saw the Croatian sent off – as “unsporting behaviour” and handed out a ban which left Eta in charge for the first time.

Having finished fourth last season, Union have had a harder time of it this campaign but the Eta-inspired victory over Darmstadt moved the home side five points clear of the relegation spots.


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