Saturday, November 12, 2016

AS Monaco Greatest All-Time Team

Coupe de la Ligue 2002-2003

Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.

This is my selection of a 25 member all-time team for the club.  The number 25 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the Champions' League.

Though based in Monaco, the club plays in the French football league system. Monaco is one of the most successful clubs in France, having won seven league titles and five Coupe de France trophies. The club has also competed in European football having been runners-up in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1992 and the UEFA Champions League in 2004.

GK: Jean-Luc Ettori (France)
He spent his entire career with AS Monaco, and had held the record for the most appearances by any player in Ligue 1 or Division 1 with 602 appearances until 4 December 2013 when Mickaël Landreau surpassed his record. He earned nine caps for France in the early 1980s, including starting six out of seven matches in the 1982 World Cup.
Jean-Luc Ettori
GK: Flavio Roma (Italy)
Roma started his career in the youth teams of S.S. Lazio before leaving the club to play for clubs in Serie B and Serie C1. In 1999 he was signed by the Serie A side Piacenza as part of Simone Inzaghi's deal. In 2001 he was signed by AS Monaco FC and  played the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final. 

GK: Fabien Barthez
He is France's most decorated goalkeeper.  He had 87 caps for "Les Bleus".   He won the World Cup in 1998 at home and then, the European Championship two years later. Barthez is France's most capped player in the FIFA World Cup, with 17 appearances at the finals and shares the record for the most World Cup finals clean sheets with Peter Shilton, with ten.For domestic football, he played with Toulouse, Marseille, AS Monaco, Manchester United and Nantes.  He also won Champions League medal with Marseille in 1993.  

RB/LB:  Manuel Amoros (France)
Amoros is widely considered to be France's greatest fullback.  He was a part of the Golden Generation of the 1980's.  He played 82 times for France.  He played in the European Championships Finals of 1984 and 1992, winning the 1984 version.  He also played in the World Cup Finals in 1982 and 1986.  He won the Champions League with Marseille in 1993, but also losing the one in 1991. He also played for Monaco and Lyons.
Manuel Amoros

CB/RB:  Mustapha Zitouni (France/Algeria)
Mustapha Zitouni was capped 4 times by France in the late 1950's.  He was on France's 1952 Olympic team.  He went on to represent the FLN football team, and then, Algeria when it became independent.  Zitouni began his career with OM Saint-Eugène. He then played in France for Cannes, Monaco and Chartres. While in Algeria, he played club football for RC Kouba.

RB/CB:  Lilian Thuram (France)
Thuram is France's most capped player.  He was known for his strength, pace and stamina.  He played at the top flight in France, Italy and Spain for over 15 seasons, including ten in the Serie A with both Parma and Juventus. With France, Thuram won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000, and was in the runner-up squad for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.  He scored two goals vs Croatia in the semifinal of the WC in 1998. 

CB:  Rafael Marquez (Mexico)
He is one of the best players in Mexico's history.  He started his career with Atlas before moving to play in Europe, notably with Monaco and Barcelona.  He was the first Mexican to win the European Champions' League. He is the first player ever to captain his national team in four consecutive World Cup Finals, captaining Mexico in the 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014.

CB: Armand Forcherio (Monaco)
Born in Monaco in 1941, Forcherio spent his entire career with AS Monaco, playing 300 matches from 1961 to 1972. At 22 years of age, he was a part of the historic double winning team of 1962-63.  He then managed the same team from 1976 to 1977, the only Monégasque to manage the club.

CB: Marcel Artélésa (France)
He played for Troyes, Monaco, Marisellie and Nice.  He was capped 21 times.  He went to the 1966 WC Finals in England.

CB: Luc Sonor (France)
His clubs include CS Sedan Ardennes, FC Metz, AS Monaco and Ayr United. He won the French Cup two times, once with AS Monaco and once with FC Metz. He also won the French Championship with Monaco where he played under Arsène Wenger.  Capped 9 times.

LB: Patrice Evra (France) 
Evra began his career with Nice and then, Monaco. He played for the Red Devils from 2006 to 2014, where he became one of the best left backs in the world.  At the time of writing, he earned 81 caps and was a key player for France since 2008.  He was the captain of the national team.  At South Africa 2010, he led a player revolt against Raymond Domenech.
Patrice Evra

DM: Marcel Dib (France)
Dib played for AS Monaco FC and Olympique de Marseille, at that time in Ligue 2.  Capped 6 times.

DM: Claude Puel (France)
Puel started his football career as a youth with Castres FC, where he was spotted by AS Monaco, playing his first professional game in the 1979–80 season. He spent his entire career at Monaco, playing 601 official matches in total.

CM: Jean Petit (France)
Petit earned twelve international caps (one goal) for the French national team during the late 1970s. Petit played most of his professional career for AS Monaco, with whom he won the French title in 1978. He was a member of the French team in the 1978 FIFA World Cup.
Jean Petit

CM: Théodore Szkudlapski (France)
Born in France of Polish ancestry, he was better know as Theo.   In 1953 , he played for RC Lens until 1958 when he left for Stade Rennes . Two years later, he joined the AS Monaco, where he won the French league twice.  Capped twice for France.

RW/FW: Ludovic Giuly (France)
Giulty started with Olympique Lyonnais in 1994.  Laster, her played for Monaco, Barcelona, Roma and PSG.  He captained Monaco as they reached the Final of the Champions' League in 2004.   Capped 17 times, but missed the WC finals in 2002 due to an injury.

LW: Bruno Bellone (France)
Bellone played for Cannes, Monaco and Montpeller.  He earned 34 caps and scored two goals for France from 1981 to 1988. One of the goals was in the final of the 1984 European Championships, where France defeated Spain 2–0 to win the title. He was also in France's 1982 and 1986 World Cup squads.

AM: Youri Djorkaeff (Rhône-Alpes)
He is the son of French international Jean Djorkaeff. He played for many clubs in Europe, including Monaco, PSG, Inter Milan, Kaiserslautern, etc.  He was a part of the great French team that won the WC in 1998 and then European Championship in 2000. He is considered one of the best French offensive players in that era.

AM/FWGeorge Weah (Liberia) 
In terms of individual awards, no African player wins more awards than him.  He was was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or in 1995.  He won African Footballer of the Year: 1989, 1994, 1995.  He was voted African Player of the Century in 1996.  He had great careers with AC Milan where he won two Serie A titles. In 2017, Weah was elected as the President of Liberia.
George Weah

FW:  Theirry Henry
He is the all-time leading scorer for both Arsenal and France.  He was named the PFA Players' Player of the Year twice, and the FWA Footballer of the Year three times. He spent 8 seasons with Arsenal.
Theirry Henry

He was African Player of the Year in 1997.   He was a member of the Golden Generation in the 1990's.  He won the Gold Medal at Atlanta 1996 and appeared in the WC Finals in 1994 and 1998.  He had a great career with Monaco.

ST: Sonny Anderson (Brazil)
Sonny Anderson played most of his abroad career in France, amassing Ligue 1 totals of 221 games and 138 goals.  He was the top soccer in the Frech league three times while winning the Étoile d'Or in 1996.  He also played in Switzerland and Spain.  Due to fierce competition within the national team, he was only capped 6 times.

ST: Yvon Douis (France)
During his career he played for Lille OSC (1953–59), Le Havre AC (1959–61), AS Monaco (1961–67) and AS Cannes (1967–69). He earned 20 caps and scored 4 goals for the France national football team between 1957 and 1965, and played in the 1958 FIFA World Cup when France finished third.

ST: Christian Dalger (France)
During his career he played for clubs like SC Toulon (1962–1971) and AS Monaco (1971–1980), with whom he won the French title in 1978. Capped 6 times. He was a member of the French team in the 1978 FIFA World Cup. 

ST: Delio Onnis (Argentina)
Nicknamed "El Tano" (the Italian) in Argentina. He was widely known as the greatest player ever to have played for AS Monaco,  He is still today the French championship highest scorer, scoring 299 goals from 1972 to 1986 for Stade de Reims, AS Monaco FC, Tours FC and Sporting Toulon Var.
Delio Onnis 

Honorable Mention
Glenn Hoddle, Patrick Battiston, Willy Sagnol, 
Sébastien Squillaci, François Ludo, Emmanuel Petit, Henri BiancheriMichel Hidalgo, Jurgen Klinsmann, Youssouf Fofana,  Enzo Scifo, Lucien Cossou, Marco Simeone, David Trezeguet.

Squad Explanation 
-- Due to the fact that Amoros can play as both fullback position, I selected a fifth centerback.
-- François Ludo and David Trezeguet should have been selected.


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