AS Monaco – From Languishing in Ligue 2 to Champions League Elite

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In the 2010-2011 Ligue 1 season, AS Monaco, who had won the league 7 times, 6 national cups and had been in the Champions League final, finished in 18th place and were relegated to Ligue 2. Later on in 2011 the club was purchased by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev whilst it was languishing at the bottom on Ligue 2. They eventually finished the season in 8th place and were hopeful of promotion the following year. The following year was a success with Claudio Ranieri leading the team to win Ligue 2 and get promoted to Ligue 1.

2013/14 Season – Ligue 1

Prior to the new season, using some of the bankroll from their new billionaire owner, AS Monaco made 13 new signings including the €60 million signing of Radamel Falcao, the €45 million signing of James Rodriguez and the €25 million signing of Joao Moutinho. Additionally, this is when they bought Anthony Martial as an unknown 17 year old from Lyon for €5 million. In their first season back in Ligue 1 they finished in second place, losing just 4 league games and finishing 9 points behind league winners PSG.

2014/15 Season – Ligue 1 & UEFA Champions League

With the massive successes AS Monaco experienced in their first season back in Ligue 1 their owner decided to change his stance on team investment to investing in promising young players instead of paying exorbitant fees for established word-class players. With this mantra the team sold recently purchased James Rodriguez to Real Madrid for €80 million and loaned previously injured Radamel Falcao to Manchester United and followed this up with the temporary signing of Bernardo Silva from Benfica and the signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Rennes. By January the club announced they had signed Bernardo Silva on a permanent deal for around €14 million.

They experienced a mixed campaign in the league, securing the 3rd spot in the league on the final day and gaining entry to the following seasons Champions League qualifying rounds. Their Champions League run and champions league betting was halted in the quarter finals by Juventus after knocking previous finalists, Arsenal, out in the previous round.

2015/16 Ligue 1, Europa League & UEFA Champions League

AS Monaco’s reputation for spotting and developing young talent was growing and in the summer they sold Anthony Martial, Layvin Kurzawa, Aymen Abdennour, Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, Geoffrey Kondogbia and Lucas Ocampos for a combined figure of €191 million. They followed this up with the signings of Thomas Lemar, Fares Bahlouli, the permanent signing of Fabinho and the loan signing Stephan El Shaarawy from Milan.

Their Champions League campaign was halted in the qualifying rounds by Valencia and they went out of their Europa League group in 3rd. In the league they further consolidated their place in Ligue 1 with another 3rd place finish.

2016/17 – Ligue 1 & UEFA Champions League

AS transferred away many of their peripheral players and no players considered likely for their first team and signed Benjamin Mendy from Marseille and Djibril Sidibe from Lille. They also promoted Kylian Mbappe from their youth team, a decision that was to prove very good.

AS Monaco stormed the league, winning it with ease by an 8 point margin. They scored the most amount of goals in a Ligue 1 season in history and only lost 3 games. In the Champions League they progressed from their group in top spot, beating Manchester City & Borussia Dortmund on the way to a semi-final with Juventus. They lost the semi-final to Juve 4-1 on aggregate. Kylian Mbappe, the 18 year old striker, ended the season with 26 goals in 44 games.