Since the formation of Ligue 1 in its current form, AS Monaco has participated in fifteen seasons in the top flight. In these fifteen seasons, the Red and Whites won ten times their first league game, for only three defeats and two draws. Even better, our team has lost only once during the opening day since the 2013/2014 season. The record since the recovery in Ligue 1 in 2013 is very positive with a total of four wins, one draw and one loss.
AS Monaco were victorious in the match against Sampdoria with a score of one goal to zero, and won the Philipp Plein Cup. Radamel Falcao scored the winning goal. We remember in particular hosting Paris Saint-Germain in 2008 (1-0 victory), a trip to Lyon in 2010 (0-0 draw), and the short trip to Nice in 2015 (1-2 victory).
2013: The Premiere Falcao at Bordeaux
For other reasons, some of these first days also stand out.
In 2013, for his first match in L1 after two years of purgatory in L2, Radamel Falcao played his first official match under the diagonal red and white. In this match against Bordeaux, Falcao found the back of the net in a series of goals.
The following season, Leonardo Jardim had a much tougher start against FC Lorient. While Radamel Falcao scored again in the opening match, Merlus surprised Louis-II by winning 1-2. That evening, in the goals of the Breton club, a young goalkeeper named Benjamin Lecomte made his first steps as a starter…
2015: Victorious derby
In 2015/2016, for the second season with the Portuguese manager at the head of the team, AS Monaco defeated OGC Nice at the Allianz-Riviera. On loan at OGC Nice that season, Valere Germain opened the scoring without celebrating the goal. In the second half, the Red and Whites made the difference through Bernardo Silva (51st) and Layvin Kurzawa (62nd). Nine months after this victorious derby, the Red and White finished the season in third place, thus qualifying for the third preliminary round of the Champions League.
AS Monaco finally conceded a draw at home against Guingamp to open the title season in 2016/2017. The team did bring home a beautiful victory from Nantes on August 11, 2018 (1-3), again with an opening goal from Radamel Falcao, who seems particularly fond of these opening matches.
Even if the following days have been much more complicated for our Red and White, they will have the opportunity to open the 2019/2020 season definitively this Friday night against OL. See you at 8:45 pm at the Stade Louis-II for the big return of Ligue 1!