Sportblis presents you with the History and Facts About Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club SA, commonly known as AS Monaco. The club is a professional football team that is based in Monaco and competes in the top tier of French football League — Ligue 1. This article is full coverage of the History, Trophies, Net Worth, Stadium, and Interesting Facts of AS Monaco.
AS Monaco History:
AS Monaco was founded on the 1st day of August 1919, through a merger of five different clubs. For many years, the club consistently thrived in the amateur regional league of French football. Thankfully, they got a privilege to join the professional league as they competed in France’s second division football in 1933.
However, their triumph in professional soccer ended in total failure as they were relegated to the lower tier the following year.
For many years, Monaco continued to struggle in the amateur league until their major breakthrough came in 1948 when they rejoin the Second Division. Following a streak of solid results, Monaco achieved promotion to the First Division of French League in 1953.
10 Facts About AS Monaco:
1. First Taste of Victory:
In 1960, AS Monaco recorded a grand achievement as they won their first trophy in History. Of course, coach Lucien Leduc led the French club into winning Saint-Etienne in the 1960 Coupe de France final. Subsequently, coach Leduc led Monaco to claim the Ligue 1 title in 1961, as well as their first League and Cup Double in 1963.
Sadly, the club fell into a period of mediocrity after their victorious days in the 60s. However, the mid-70s recorded a streak of trophies which include two Ligue 1 titles (1979 and 1982) and two Coupe de France victories (1980 and 1985).
2. The Emergence of an Unknown Coach — Arsène Wenger:
After another barren spell in the mid-80s, Monaco hired a then-unknown coach named Arsene Wenger. Their newly acquired manager led the club to their fifth Ligue 1 title in his first season with Monaco. Interestingly, Wenger brought the French club into the light of fame as they started to compete in major European competitions.
During his days at AS Monaco, Wenger ensured he recruited young talents like Emmanuel Petit and Thierry Henry. Back then, he established Monaco as a formidable club known for their fierce gameplay with so many youngsters. In 1994, Arsene Wenger left the club after he was shortlisted by Bayern Munich for a possible managerial role.
3. The Breeding Ground for Young Talents:
Do you know?… AS Monaco adopted Arsene Wenger’s school of thought and became a breeding ground for young players. Subsequently, the French team benefited immensely as they sold most of their established younglings to bigger franchise.
Apparently, Manchester United bought Anthony Martial for a record fee of €60M. On the other hand, James Rodrigues was the second most expensive player in 2014 when leaving for Real Madrid. While PSG had to pay the biggest transfer fee in the history of Monaco – €180 million – when Kylian Mbappé left moved to Paris in 2018.
Shortly after winning two more Ligue 1 titles in 1997 and 2000 and making the Champions League final in 2004, the club’s numerous financial problems saw them relegated to the Second Division.
Their fortunes changed when the Russian billionaire, Dmitry Rybolovlev, bought the club in 2011. In no distant time, the club returned to Ligue 1 and started competing for the title again.
4. AS Monaco Net Worth:
The French club has been ranked amongst the Top 50 Richest Football Club in the World. At the time I compiled these Facts, AS Monaco has an estimated Net Worth of $347 million.
It appears that the president of Monaco (Dmitry Rybolovlev) is also super-wealthy as he has an estimated Net Worth of US$6.8 billion. Funny enough, he is far wealthier than his club.
5. AS Monaco Stadium:
Monaco played at the original Stade Louis II since its construction in 1939. The stadium was replaced with the current iteration, built on a nearby site consisting of land reclaimed from the Mediterranean in 1985. What’s more?… The stadium is named after the former Prince of Monaco — Louis II — and has a spectator capacity of about 18,523.
AS Monaco Stadium is noted for its iconic nine arches. Moreso, it has hosted numerous European Cup finals as well as athletic events. As a matter of fact, it hosted each instance of the annual UEFA Super Cup every August from 1998 to 2012. However, from 2013 onward, UEFA decided to rotate the event throughout various stadiums.
6. AS Monaco Trophies and Awards:
Since the establishment of the French club, Monaco has won a handful of major trophies. Hence, we present you with the list of all the awards and trophies won by AS Monaco from their inception to the time of compiling these Facts.
Ligue 1: 8 (1961, 1963, 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2000, 2017)
Ligue 2: 1 (2013)
Championnat de France Amateur: 3 (1964, 1971, 2008)
Coupe de France: 5 (1960, 1963, 1980, 1985, 1991)
Coupe de la Ligue: 1 (2003)
Trophée des Champions: 4 (1961, 1985, 1997, 2000)
Coupe Charles Drago: 1 (1961)
7. AS Monaco Nickname:
Since the club rose to prominence, many fans often call it by the nickname Les Monegasques.
8. AS Monaco Logo:
The top part of AS Monaco’s logo has a golden crown which represents the royal associations. As of 2021, Monaco’s crest has “AS Monaco FC” imprinted in the shield while previous versions only had the initials “ASM FC” on the logo.
9. Trivia Fact:
Do you know?… From the inception of AS Monaco to the year 2021, fifteen (15) different presidents have directed the club. Similarly, more than thirty (30) coaches have managed AS Monaco after its second rise to prominence in the second division in 1948 till date.
10. AS Monaco Facts and History Timeline:
1919: The club is established.
1953: First season in Ligue 1.
1961: First time Ligue 1 champions.
1979: First Coppa Delle Alpi trophy.
1979: Winning Coupe de la Ligue for the first time.
2011: Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev become the new club owner.
2018: Lastly, Kylian Mbappe is sold to PSG for €180M, a new world transfer record.
Quick Facts About AS Monaco:
|Name of Club:||Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club SA|
|Popular Name:||AS Monaco|
|Date Founded:||1st of August 1919|
|Stadium:||Stade Louis II|
|Net Worth:||$347 million|
|League:||Ligue 1 (French League)|