The lucky “diagonal”
It was in the 1960-61 season that AS Monaco first started wearing the mythical red and white diagonal striped strip suggested by Princess Grace. And this was the season which saw the club become French Champions for the first time. In addition, they added another trophy that they had not yet won - the Drago Cup. So now the club would be playing on the biggest stage in Europe against the best in European football, with now international recognition to crown their achievements on a national scale.
Europe and Gambardella
In 1961-62, AS Monaco took part for the first time in its history in a European Cup competition. Despite Garofalo being in excellent form, the team was twice beaten by Glasgow Rangers 3-2. So, nothing for the professionals, and it was left to the Club's Espoirs team to fill the trophy cabinet, by winning the Gambardella Cup, with a 2-1 win over Metz.
1962-63 is the Club's "Annus Mirabilis". This was the season when AS Monaco achieved its first (and, to date, only) League and Cup doublet.
The squad is engraved in the memories of those who were there: Artélésa, Biancheri, Carlier, Casolari, Cossou, Courtin, Djibrill, Douis, Forcherio, Hernandez, Hess, Hidalgo, Taberner, Théo and Thomas, not forgetting Girod, Péretti and Sottimano, all in the capable hands of Lucien Leduc.
In addition, the team lifted the Teresa-Herrera Trophy, one of the most reputed tournaments in the world, beating Vasco de Gama in the final. Unfortunately, at the end of the season, the President, the coach and several senior players all left the club.
Difficult future victories
The years that followed were indeed less glorious. Despite being runners-up in 1963-64, the team generally finished in the bottom half of the table for quite some years. In the European Cup, AS Monaco pulled off a real exploit by beating AEK Athens 7-2, before being eliminated in the next round by the great Inter Milan, which went on to win the competition. The club was invited to play in tournaments around the world in Brazil, in Germany, in Italy, in Mexico, in Belgium, and the Netherlands. However, this was not enough to prevent the Club, sixteen years after leaving it, from dropping back down into the Second Division in 1969. Although this was only for two years.