From Riches to Rags to Riches Again - Football Hub

From Riches to Rags to Riches Again

Radamel Falcao

Falcao moved to Monaco in a blockbuster £51 million deal this summer

For Monaco fans, this really is AS good as it gets.

Supporters of the club have witnessed the extreme highs and suffered the devastating lows of following AS Monaco.

Loyal fans will fondly remember the days of the legendary Arsene Wenger, and former French National manager, Didier Deschamps, playing significant roles in the clubs history. Wenger of course raised some of the brightest talent the world has seen through the AS Monaco youth system. Thierry Henry and Emmanuel Petit were both nurtured by Wenger and both followed him to Arsenal later in their careers.

As for Deschamps, he led a distinctly average Monaco side to the dizzy heights of a UEFA Champions League Final, in game that brought a certain José Mourinho to the forefront of football. Monaco also finished third in their domestic Ligue 1. All of this despite transfer embargos due to terrible financial problems off of the pitch.

Yet, after that 2003 Champions League Final, with the financial problems taking their toll, AS Monaco took a massive fall from grace and by the 2010/11 season, less than a decade after their Champions League run, Monaco found themselves relegated to Ligue 2 after finishing 18th.

In the following season, a group led by a Russian billionaire took over “Les Rouges et Blancs” and brought his owning meaning to “French Revolution”. After just two seasons in Ligue 2, AS Monaco are back in the top tier of French football after being crowned champions in the last campaign under ex-Chelsea and Juventus boss, Claudio Ranieri.

And to top it off, Monaco fans can now boast of a growing squad of immense talent. The likes of Radamel Falcao, James Rodriguez, João Moutinho and Jeremy Toulalan have all been brought in, showing huge intent and ambition, by the owners, to launch an assault on the equally big spending PSG.

French football fans can now see the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani match up to Falcao and Rodriguez. And with more headline signing expected to land on the French coast, French football has never looked more exciting. Who could have predicted that a league famous for losing its talented players to the Barclays Premier League or to Liga BBVA, could now have one of the most spectacular footballing seasons in its history?


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