Marseille, Furiani, Lisbon...
The 90s started with a new success in the French Cup. With a goal of Gérald Passi scored in the last seconds of the final, AS Monaco on against OM , taking its revenge on the final played in 1989. In the league the situation was different with two consecutive second places behind Marseille in 1990-1991 and 1991-1992. This last season would be both the saddest and the most successful for the club. Playing for the three competitions: Ligue 1, the French Cup, Cup Winners' Cup, the team finished the season without a trophy. The Club qualified for the final of the French Cup after winning the semi-finals against AS Cannes. However, the Red and Whites will never play the Cup final because of the tragic events in Furiani, during the second semi-final, on the eve of the European final against Werder Breme in Lisbon. In the Stadium de la Luz, AS Monaco lost 2-0 without really getting into the game and leave the Cup Winners' Cup title to the Germans.
Jean-Luc Ettori, the man with 602 matches in Division 1
At a time when only the winner of the championship may compete in the Champions League, AS Monaco took advantage of the disqualification of the OM in 1993 to discover the new C1 formula, with the group stage replacing the first rounds. The team reached the semi-final stage against the great AC Milan and, despite having players such as Djorkaëff, Thuram, Petit, Klinsmann, Scifo, etc. in the team, could only finish ninth in the League. It was during this season that Jean-Luc Ettori, holder of the record for the number of games played in the First Division, played his 602nd and last game in the Monaco shirt. At the end of the following season, Arsène Wenger resigned as first team coach after seven very successful years with the Club.
The Monaco reign
After Gérard Banide took the Club into the UEFA Cup, Jean Tigana arrived to take over. The 1996-97 season coincided with the 700th anniversary celebrations of the Grimaldi dynasty in the Principality, and AS Monaco added the icing on the cake by winning the League title for the 6th time. The team would be one of the finest ever assembled at the club with players like Barthez, Petit, Benarbia, Henry, Anderson, Ikpeba, etc. It was an exceptional season from all points of view but the team's excellent run in the UEFA Cup was finally ended by Inter Milan at the semi-final stage.
The European elite
The next one was almost as beautiful. Despite some significant departures - Sonny Anderson, Manu Petit, Gilles Grimandi - AS Monaco finished fourth in the League and reached the semi-final of the Champions League, beating Manchester United in the quarter-final on the way with a spectacular goal of David Trezeguet at Old Trafford. But yet again the Italians - this time Juventus - prevented Monaco from getting to the final. A 4-1 defeat for Monaco in Turin, and a 3-2 victory at home. But Monaco was clearly firmly established among the European greats. Marked by the departure of Jean Tigana replaced by Claude Puel in January 1999, the 1998 - 1999 season was less successful - despite finishing third in the League.
End of century as champion
This decade of top-flight, ended even better than it started with the League title for the final championship of the 2nd millennium, and the 7th time in its history. The team consisted of outstanding players such as Barthez, Marques, Lamouchi, Gallardo, Trezeguet or Simone.