Events 13 September 2020, 21:24

AS Monaco and the power of 1000

AS Monaco and the power of 1000
AS Monaco made top flight history yesterday, winning their thousandth match in the first division of French football.

Marseille (1115), Bordeaux (1057) and Saint-Etienne (1044). They are the three clubs to have already reached 1000 victories in Ligue 1. They were, because AS Monaco has just entered made history in French football. By beating Nantes (2-1) under the watchful eyes of President Dmitry Rybolovlev in their 2259th match in the first division, the Red and Whites recorded their thousandth win in the top flight of French football, a league in which they are currently competing for the 62nd time in their history.

September 13, 1953 – AS Monaco’s first victory in the first division

The Red and Whites’ XI : Vadel, Gianessi, Toris, Pédini, Rachinsky, Battistella, Pirroni, Conti, Walter, Skiba, Saunier (Manager: Louis Dupal)

Benefiting from the unwavering support of Prince Rainier III, who had succeeded his grandfather, Prince Louis II, AS Monaco finally reached Division 1 in 1953. It was on the 23rd of August of that same year that the Red and Whites played their first match in the first division, against Toulouse FC. Louis Dupal’s players lost and had to wait until the 5th matchday to get their first win. Against Le Havre, AS Monaco won 4-1 thanks to goals by Marius Walter, Raoul Conti and Jean Saunier.

June 3, 1961 – AS Monaco wins its first French title

The Red and Whites’ XI : Garofalo, Nowak, Thomas, Ludvikowski, Biancheri, Szkudlapski, Hess, Hidalgo, Cossou, Carlier, Djibrill (Manager: Lucien Leduc)

AS Monaco inaugurated its legendary Diagonal jersey, imagined by Princess Grace during the 1960/1961 season. It was a new jersey that would bring luck to the Red and Whites, since they would win, come the end of the season, their first title as champion of France. Led by Lucien Leduc, the players from the Rock had to wait until the last matchday to be so crowned. Victorious on June 3, 1961 against Valenciennes (1-0, goal from Albertus Carlier), they had to hold out hope for a false step from the Colombes side, which would happen the next day. The Parisians drew against Le Havre, and the Monegasques won their first league title in the first division.

January 18, 1986 – AS Monaco’s biggest win in the first division

The Red and Whites’ XI : Ettori, Puel, Stojkovic, Lacuesta, Amoros, Christen, Bijotat, Genghini, Fofana, Anziani, Bravo (Manager: Lucien Muller)

AS Monaco were in 6th place in the league with 28 points and were preparing to challenge Girondins de Bordeaux, in 3rd and 8 points ahead, and with only 22 goals conceded, making them the third-best defense in the league. But that evening, the team from Aquitaine would have a real nightmare. And this was apparent from the first minute of play, when Félix Acuesta opened the scoring. Bernard Genghini then allowed the Red and Whites to go ahead 2-0 at half-time, before AS Monaco delivered a real recital in the second half. The Red and Whites delivered a flood of goals in front of the 9,000 spectators present at the Stade Louis-II, making the net shake 7 times! Félix Acuesta, a quadruple from Bernard Genghini, a double from Daniel Bravo, a goal from Philippe Anziani and an own goal from the Bordelais allowed AS Monaco to win 9-0, their biggest win in the top flight.

September 13, 2020 – A 1000th victory for AS Monaco in the first division

The Red and Whites’ XI : Majecki, Aguilar, Disasi, Badiashile, Ballo-Touré, Tchouameni, Fabregas, Diop, Gelson Martins, Ben Yedder, Volland (Manager: Niko Kovac)

After a draw and a victory in the first two matchdays, the Red and Whites welcomed FC Nantes to the Stade Louis-II for the third matchday of the league season. AS Monaco started the game perfectly by opening the scoring thanks to Sofiane Diop in the 5th minute of play but saw Nantes come back in the second half following a goal from Ludovic Blas. Not to be defeated, Niko Kovac’s players immediately went on the attack and it was Willem Geubbels who would beat the opposing goalkeeper to immediately put his side back in front. Thanks to these first Ligue 1 goals by its two players, AS Monaco won its 1000th first division match!

Jean-Luc Ettori – Player to have featured the most for AS Monaco in the top flight

Jean-Luc Ettori has featured for AS Monaco 754 times, including 602 times in the top flight. The French goalkeeper is the player who has worn Red and White the most in the first division, thus allowing the Club to win many points with his decisive saves. In total, he won 296 matches playing for AS Monaco.

Delio Onnis – AS Monaco’s top scorer in the top flight

Delio Onnis is still the top scorer in the history of the top flight in France

With 157 goals scored with AS Monaco in the first division between 1973 and 1980, Delio Onnis is the top scorer in Club history. The Argentine striker is also the all-time leader of the French top flight, with a total of 299 goals.

Joao Moutinho – The top winning percentage among AS Monaco players

When he was on the pitch, Joao Moutinho has been the most successful of AS Monaco’s players

Joao Moutinho played 158 matches with AS Monaco during his five years at the Club between 2013 and 2018. In these, he won 61.4% of his matches in the Diagonal jersey. The Portuguese midfielder is the player who, among players to  have played more than 100 times in the top flight with the Red and Whites, to have recorded the highest winning percentage, just ahead of Fabinho (61.1% in 167 games).

Lucien Leduc – The top winning percentage among AS Monaco managers

Lucien Leduc managed AS Monaco between 1958 and 1963, then between 1977 and 1979.

Lucien Leduc spent seven years on the bench of AS Monaco for a total of 266 matches. The Red and Whites’ manager won more than half of his matches at the head of the Club: 136 (51.5%). Arsene Wenger is second in this table with 132 wins in 274 games (48.2%), dating to when he coached on the Rock.


The team’s greatest number of victories in a season in the top flight. It was 2016/2017, with 17 home and 13 away wins, also records for a season.


As AS Monaco’s biggest winning streak in a season. It was in 2016/2017, with 12 consecutive wins over the last 12 matchdays.

AS Monaco’s top flight honors

  • Champions in 1961, 1963, 1978, 1982, 1988, 1997, 2000 and 2017
  • Runner-up in 1964, 1984, 1991, 1992, 2003, 2014 and 2018
  • Third in 1956, 1958, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2015 and 2016
Rise. Risk. Repeat.