Men Against Young Boys As Monaco Take Control

Men Against Young Boys As Monaco Take Control

Before the new league campaign kicks off on August 7th, AS Monaco began their Champions League challenge with breath-taking 3-1 win over Young Boys of Berne on Tuesday night. Goals from Layvin Kurzawa, Guido Carillo and Marko Pasalic gave Leonardo Jardim’s side three fantastic away goals and puts them in a very strong position to reach the play-off round of Champions League qualification. Here is the story of the match: Que pensez-vous de la compo…

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AS Monaco Start Campaign for Champions League Glory

AS Monaco Start Campaign for Champions League Glory

Monaco will be the first French team to kick a competitive ball this season, as they take on Swiss league runners-up Young Boys in Berne in the third qualifying round for the Champions League this Tuesday evening. Young Boys have never made it to the group stage, most recently being knocked out by Spurs in a play-off back in 2010/11, although they then made it to the knock-out stage of the Europa League; the following…

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Summer Business Bodes Well for New Look Monaco

Summer Business Bodes Well for New Look Monaco

Monaco have been bustling around the transfer market with a speed and efficiency reminiscent of a tricky winger as they continue their conversion from a ‘superstars for silly money’ outfit to a ‘younger players with both footballing and resale potential’ approach. The last month or so has seen three developments that help out on an already pretty robust financial front: the lightening of FFP restrictions; the Conseil d’État striking out the €50m ‘indemnity’ payable to the LFP relating to the…

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Leonardo Jardim: Monaco Mastermind Rising Above UNFP

Leonardo Jardim: Monaco Mastermind Rising Above UNFP

The National Union of Professional Football Players (UNFP) made their end of season award shortlists public earlier this week and a few surprise names featured. Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic is present in the Player of the Year category, despite enduring by far his least productive season since arriving at the Parc des Princes. Olympique de Marseille’s Steve Mandanda somehow made it onto the Goalkeeper of the Year list in what has been a forgettable year for…

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Champions League Preview: Juventus v AS Monaco

Champions League Preview: Juventus v AS Monaco

The quarter-finals of the Champions League are upon us, and two French teams are involved. While the PSG project is the best-known big-money outfit representing Ligue 1, Monaco are perhaps the more interesting team. After a boatload of investment having won promotion for the 2013/14 season, issues chez Rybolovlev have led to cutbacks, and the departure of many of the big-name stars who helped them to a second-place finish – James Rodriguez to Real Madrid, Radamel Falcao…

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Paris Saint-Germain v AS Monaco: Coupe de France Preview

Paris Saint-Germain v AS Monaco: Coupe de France Preview

After the “sensational” warm-up game at the Stade Louis II on Sunday, both Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco will do it all again on Wednesday night as they fight for a place in the semi-finals of the Coupe de France. It was expected that Monaco would feel the effects of a wonderful performance against Arsenal in the Champions League, but PSG seemed intent on passing the world to sleep on Sunday and their lack of…

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How Monaco are Expected to Lineup against Arsenal

How Monaco are Expected to Lineup against Arsenal

Monaco have a few issues going into Wednesday’s Champions League tie with Arsenal. At least eight first-team regulars are set to start, but there are a few doubts, which give Coach Leandro Jardim some food for thought before selecting his eleven. Jardim will set his team up to play 4-3-3 – they will be compact in midfield and look to hit on the break. Danijel Subasic will start in goal. The Croatian has enjoyed an…

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AS Monaco v Stade Rennais: Coupe de France Preview

AS Monaco v Stade Rennais: Coupe de France Preview

Are the wheels starting to come off the Monaco revival? Just a week ago, they were still going strong in both cups, had reached the Champions League knockout round (Arsenal await!), were up to joint-fourth in Ligue 1, and were in the midst of a nearly 800-minute shutout streak, having not conceded a league goal since November. Now, though, just a few days later, they’ve gone out of the Coupe de la Ligue on penalties…

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