Complicated professional debut
AS Monaco won his first professional match in the Southern Group of Division 2, on 3rd September 1933 over near neighbours the Football Athletic Club of Nice. However, the result was subsequently not counted as, later in the season, Nice withdrew from the championship. Therefore, the first official victory for the club at this level occurred against FC Lyon (5-1) a few weeks later. Despite a promising start, reaching the professionalism rank is hard. AS Monaco is on the edge of being promoted to the French First Division but its dream ended after losing against St- Etienne (2-4) for a place in the play-offs. Worse, facing financial difficulties, the club was forced to rejoin the ranks of the amateur leagues. Starting from scratch again, it will take fourteen years to compete in a professional game again.
The Stade Louis II, war, renaissance...
Although the ASM restart on more solid bases by winning several regional trophies during the season 1936-1937 and even though the inauguration of the Stade Louis II in the district of Fontvielle offers finally an infrastructure worthy of its ambitions, World War II interrupted this progress. During the war, AS Monaco won the championship of Provence and reached the quarter-final stage of the French Cup in the 1941 - 42 season. With the war over, ASM won the South-East regional championship during 1947-1948 season. Monaco re-acquired its professional status and returned to the French second division. As a symbol, the first victory came the following season against Lyon, with a comfortable margin of 5-1. Benefiting from the unwavering support of Prince Rainier III, who then succeeded his grandfather, Prince Louis II, AS Monaco had to wait five years to be promoted into the First Division in 1953. On the 23rd August 1953, ASM played its first official match in the First Division, against Toulouse FC but was defeated.
From podiums to the French Cup
ASM found itself on the first rung of the national podium in division 1 at the end of the 1955-1956 season and then again two years later, in 1957-1958. The following season is a real turning point for AS Monaco with the arrival of Lucien Leduc as coach. This new coach will lead the club to its first national trophy by winning the France Cup in 1959-1960. Beating AS St. Etienne (4-2 in extra-time) in a thrilling final, "ASM " register its first professional trophy.