He started playing football at the age of six in the Var, just over 120 kilometers from the Stade Louis II. When he touched his first ball at AS Maximoise, he was probably far from imagining that at the age of 15, after growing up at the Étoile Football Club Fréjus Saint-Raphaël, he would join the academy of AS Monaco. And yet, Giulian Biancone is taking part today in his first pre-season with the Principality club.
He played 25 matches in the Jupiler Pro League
In the meantime he has developed at the Academy, notably under the direction of Manu Dos Santos and Fred Barilaro. But he also had a very enriching experience at Cercle Bruges last season, after having played a few matches with the professionals in 2018. “I had a good season at Cercle Bruges, working within a structured club, with good infrastructure, and which allowed me to play matches and progress,” avers the young Monegasque defender (20 years), in an interview with Monaco Tribune this week.
Turning professional in July of 2019 with AS Monaco,the player even claims that he was amazed at the level of play in Jupiler Pro League. “The Belgian league is still not well-regarded in France, because nobody really knows its level. But there are very good teams, with very good players, who often end up in the Premier League or the Bundesliga. You can also see that with the national team, of which the majority of players come from the Jupiler Pro League,” explains the player who featured in 25 matches (1 goal and 3 assists) and who was key to keeping the club in the top flight.
He played in the Euro U19 with Badiashile, Marcelin and Isidor
“As a right back, I had to be up to marking of all the left wingers in the league, who are often fast and technically strong players. When I arrived, I took it as a real knock,” he continues, convinced of having made a step up despite being far from home. With this experience on loan, the French U19 international (7 caps), who took part in the most recent European Championships in the age group with teammates Benoît Badiashile, Harisson Marcelin and Wilson Isidor, now wants to do the same with AS Monaco.
“I am very happy to be back with the professional squad. It is a real satisfaction to rejoin some of my teammates that I had worked with at the training center two years ago.” After taking part in the training camp in Poland last week, Giulian Biancone continues the preseason with Niko Kovac’s squad at La Turbie. To read the full interview, click here.