Deschamps arrived, Campora left
AS Monaco, which, from this moment had a new name, the Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club SA, now had a couple of less-glorious seasons after winning the championship in 2000. Indeed, the Club did not survive the first round of the Champions League and, worse, finished only 12th in the League. Losing 2-1 to Lyon after extra time in the League Cup, the Red and whites have an European break. In 2001, Claude Puel is replaced by Didier Deschamps who has to deal with a so difficult start with the Club finishing only 15th in the League. In 2002-2003, AS Monaco bounced back. After a sluggish start, the Red & White were runners-up in the League and won the League Cup in the Stade de France in front of a crowd of 80,000 fans against Sochaux. Shabani Nonda was the top goal scorer, Jérôme Rothen the best passer, and a number of younger players, such as Squillaci and Evra were already being tipped as future internationals. Therefore, AS Monaco won another trophy, three years after the last one, and earned the right to enter the Champions League. After twenty eight years as head of AS Monaco, Jean-Louis Campora stepped down, to be replaced by Pierre Svara, a member of the Board of Directors since 2003.
The Red and Whites journey!
Pierre Svara stayed only one season , but what a season! The first half of the season saw AS Monaco leading the Championship and qualified for the knock-out stages of the Champions League, having met the following in the pool stage: AEK Athens, PSV Eindhoven and Deportivo La Coruña, with a memorable 8-3 win over the Galician team and the five-goal performance of the Croatian Dado Pršo. The run in the Champions League was not without its consequences in the League. Having spent three quarters of the season on top, the team finished a tired third at the end of the season. As for the Champions League, Monaco's epic 2003-2004 marked a whole generation. AS Monaco reached the final of the European Champions League by beating successively, Locomotive Moscow, Real Madrid and Chelsea, but sadly the final against FC Porto ended in defeat 0-3. They did not lift the big cup, but this team with heroes like Roma, Ibarra, Evra, Squillaci, Givet, Rodriguez, Bernardi, Zikos, Plasil, Giuly, Prso, Morientes, Nonda ... remained in the memory of the Red and Whites fans .
The seasons which follow were more chaotic. Three presidents followed one another within five years: Michel Pastor, leaving his position to Jérôme de Bontin in 2008 who in turn gave it to Etienne Franzi in 2009. An instability which we find on the substitutes' bench. Francesco Guidolin replaced Didier Deschamps during the season 2005-2006 and then was replaced too in 2006-2007 by Lazlo Bölöni who took over the first team soon afterwards but was himself rapidly replaced by Laurent Banide, a trainer at the Club for the previous ten years before the former Brazilian defender Ricardo arrived from Bordeaux at the beginning of the season 2007-2008. But the success was still not there despite a youthful squad featuring numerous highly lauded youth team prospects. In 2009, Ricardo Gomes was replaced by former coach Guy Lacombe to turn around the club's fortunes. The 2009-2010 season started with both humility and determination. The Club finished the season by reaching the Cup Final, losing to Paris St. Germain 0-1 after extra time, and finished in eighth place in the League, the highest position since 2004-2005.