Florian Baranik, a 20-year-old from the Alpes-Maritimes region of France, is a complete midfielder, described by his coaches as a “box-to-box” player. The former FC Mougins player has four caps for the French U16 team and has been a regular with the Monaco reserves this season, playing 14 matches.
The qualities he has shown at the Academy since 2017 have also enabled him to be a part of the first team squad, during the team’s UEFA Europa League trip to take on Sturm Graz (1-1, 9 December 2021) and in the French Cup against Quevilly (3-1, 2 January 2022).
Florian Baranik will start the coming season on Monday, taking part in a training camp with Cercle Bruges.
In the end of October, the CIES ranked AS Monaco among the clubs that have trained the most active professional players in Europe.
Loïc Mayoute, the long tradition of Guadeloupe
Born in Baie-Mahault, Loïc Mayoute, 19, also arrived in the Principality in 2017. Like Thomas Lemar, whose birthplace he shares, Thierry Henry and Lilian Thuram, the defensive midfielder perpetuates the link that AS Monaco has with Guadeloupe.
Before making a place for himself in the National 2 squad this season (14 matches played), Loïc Mayoute played in AS Monaco’s younger age categories, and impressed during the 2019-2020 edition of the Coupe Gambardella, during which the Rouge et Blanc reached the quarter-finals before the competition was stopped.
The signings of Florian Baranik and Loïc Mayoute join those of Mamadou Coulibaly, Alain Zadi, Maghnes Akliouche, Valentin Decarpentrie, and Yllan Okou, other talents developing within the Academy, at La Diagonale.
> Paul Mitchell, Sporting Director: “AS Monaco’s sporting project places a great deal of emphasis on the development of our young players. Within the Academy, we are constantly setting out challenging conditions to enable the young players to progress further in the modern game and perform to their maximum capability. The work that has been ongoing, with continued enhancement, can already be seen by the recent final reached by our U19s and the European title won by Lisandru Olmeta with the French U17 team. Congratulations to Florian and Loïc, who must now redouble their efforts in order to achieve their potential and reach the highest level.”
> Pascal de Maesschalck, Director of Youth Development: “The signing of the first professional contract is not an end in itself, it is a reward for the investment shown during these first years of training and an encouragement to continue in this way. From now on, it is up to Florian and Loïc, two boys who have grown up in the Academy, to continue to take the next steps in their development in order to reach the top level.”