A new title and almost a “doublet”
Three renowned coaches followed one another during the 80s: Gérard Banide, Lucien Muller, Stefan Kovacs, and then came a young coach named Arsène Wenger in 1987. The latter gave AS Monaco a real European dimension. During the season 1981-1982, the club won the fourth championship of France of its history, the second major trophy for Gérard Banide after the 1980 French cup. After a disappointing sixth place in 1982-1983, Lucien Muller took control of the team for an almost historic season 1983-1984. Indeed AS Monaco was very close to the Doublet, finishing first-equal with Bordeaux in the championship, but with a less good goal difference, and losing in the French cup finale against FC Metz.
A gem called Stade Louis II
The 1984-85 season saw the inauguration of the new Stade Louis II. An architectural gem with a capacity of 20,000 (reduced to an all-seated 18,523 today) which houses, in addition to the football pitch, an athletics track, a 3,000 capacity multi-sports hall, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, the club offices, the Academy as well as a University and several office suites. Once again the AS Monaco lived an exciting season. That year, the club finished third in the league but won the French Cup by beating Paris-St-Germain in its stadium, the Parc des Princes.
The Wenger Years
After two poor seasons, the arrival of Arsène Wenger in 1987-1988 marked the beginning of a new era. Off To A Flying Start, the young coach from Alsace led the team to its fifth league title in his first season, including two English future legends: Glenn Hoddle and Mark Hateley. Third in the league in 1988-1989, the R&W team played in a legendary French Cup final but unfortunately lost 4-3 against Marseille. In addition, the club qualified for the first time in its history to the European Cup quarter finals, known nowadays as Champions League. It was also in this season that George Weah, the future Ballon d'Or “Golden Ball”, arrived at the Club. In 1989-1990, AS Monaco reached the semi-finals of the Cup Winners Cup losing against Sampdoria Genoa. Monaco had arrived finally on the European scene.