2- Right wing backs
Born on July 10, 1934, Marcel Nowak was nicknamed 'Daddy Long Legs' for his height and played for just two teams in his career: Olympique Lyonnais and AS Monaco FC. He began his career with OL in 1953, before joining AS Monaco FC in 1957. Over five seasons, he was a pillar of the Asémiste defence, and won the club's first trophies: the Coupe de France in 1960 and the championship in 1961. In the 1962-63 season, he returned to OL for one season, that saw him miss out on the historic double achieved by his former teammates and against whom he lost in the final of the Coupe de France. After his Lyon adventure, he returned again to the ASM, where he switched to the left-side of the defence with the emergence of George Casolari on the right.
The loyal George Casolari played for AS Monaco FC for his entire career. A product of the club's youth academy, he went on to play 256 matches for Les Rouge et Blanc. After playing second-fiddle to Marcel Nowak in his first seasons, the native of Nice took advantage of Nowak's departure in 1962 to cement his place in the first team. Upon his return to the principality, Nowak was switched to the left side of the defence to accommodate 'Caso' on the right. He was called up three times to the France national team in 1963-64. Twice champion of France (1961 and 1963), he was a member of the famous Double winning side of 1962-63. He retired in 1970, after scoring 19 career goals - a respectable return for a defender. George Casolari passed away in the principality on October 6 2012 aged 71.
From his professional debut in 1980 until his transfer to OM in 1989, Manuel Amoros played 348 matches for AS Monaco FC. His 42 goals were an excellent return for this right-back who was as impressive going forward as he was defending. His trophy cabinet is one of the most complete in French football. 'Manu' won the French league five times with ASM FC in 1982 and 1988, and then with OM in 1990, 1991 and 1992. He also won the club Coupe de France in 1985, with Monaco who defeated PSG at the Parc des Princes. He was also crowned European champion in 1984 with the France national team and semi-finalist of the World Cup in 1982 and 1986. Manuel Amoros was named in the Best XI of the 1982 World Cup and again, four years later. Capped 82 times with Les Bleus, he held the record for the most number of caps between 1992 and 1997.
A native of Marseille, he came through the youth ranks at Septèmes and then Martigues, where he began his professional career. He joined AS Monaco FC in 1989 at 21 years of age, and spent a long time in the shadows of Patrick Valéry and Claude Puel, who shared the right-back duties for the first half of the 1990s. In 1994, he finally won his place in the starting XI and was there when the team won the championship in 1997, a season that saw him receive two caps with the France national side, before continuing his career with Sheffield, Bordeaux, Marseille, Watford and Créteil. A strong man-marker, quick going forward, Patrick Blondeau was matched on the left side of the defence by another Marseillais, in Eric Di Meco.
A product of the AS St-Etienne youth academy, Willy Sagnol joined AS Monaco FC in 1997 at 20 years of age. He spent three seasons in the principality, playing 99 matches before joining Bayern Munich in 2000, just after winning the French championship with ASM. One of the very best right-backs of his generation, he was best known for the quality of his crosses. A France international in all age categories, all the way through to Les Bleus and a World Cup finalist in 2006, he retired from professional football in 2009 following a chronic Achilles tendon injury. In 2013 he became coach of the France U21 side as well as president of the Coupe de France commission.