Monaco locked the second position qualifying for Champions League – Bravo!

Monaco tied with Bordeaux on last match of the season 

It was the last match of the season and fans came in numbers branding the red and white flags in support of their team, creating an ambiance of celebration. The match kick-off was by Mexican F1 driver Sergio Perez who races for Force India and who is the Principality for the Grand Prix F1 next weekend. Monaco presented its line up without Toulalan, Kondogbia, Fabinho and Kurzawa absent due to injuries, joining Falcao who has been out since January 22 and who may be not going to Brazil in June. The Tiger will give a press conference on Tuesday to confirm if he will be part of the Colombian team. While James Rodriguez did not play against Bordeaux to preserve himself for the World Cup.

It was the Girondins who opened the score with a goal by the ex Parisian Hoarau at 15 min of the first period destabilizing the Monegasques early on. This is not the way goalkeeper Flavio Roma wanted to finish his career with Monaco, but “c’est la vie”. It was an uphill battle as the line up organized by Ranieri did not seem to work like he expected it. Romero, Wolf and Ocampos were called to join in the battle later. After the break the red and whites seemed to be more in control and it was up to the Argentine Lucas Ocampos who had just entered to level the field by converting at 68 min on a corner by Ferreira Carrasco. With the draw Monaco got one more point for a total of 80 breaking the club record of points in a single League 1 season and thus locking the second position joining number 1 Paris SG with 89 after beating Montpellier 4-0, to play in the coveted Champions League, while Lille remained third with 71 points after defeating L’Orient and is qualified for the 2nd preliminary tour.

Monaco players distinguished

Goalkeeper Italian Flavio Roma (age 39) was honored at the end of his career playing his last match with Monaco against Bordeaux. Roma had been signed by AS Monaco in 2001 by then coach Didier Deschamps as a first choice goalkeeper, only to loose his place to Stephane Rufier during the 2008-09 season. He then signed a contract with Milan from 2009 till 2012, and resigned with Monaco in August 2012 on a one-year deal on a free transfer until yesterday evening when he retired saying “I am happy to finish here.”

Berbatov elected player of the month in April by the UNFP. It was eleven years ago that a Monegasque player received this distinction; it was Ludovic Giuly in November 2003. James Rodriguez was elected the best passer of the French championship (12 passes).Two Monegasques, Anthony Martial and Geoffrey Kondogbia elected as “Hopes” by Willy Sagnol for the tour in La Reunion where the Bleus will face the team A of Singapore on a June 2nd friendly. And last but not least, Ricardo Carvalho, who was born on May 18, 1978, celebrated his birthday on the field during the last match of the season.

New season new trainers

Goodbye “Mister”, Goodbye!

It was the last match also for Monaco’s Italian coach Claudio Ranieri who arrived in the Principality back in July 2012, under the cheering of the fans and players. He leaves with the head high after his mission accomplished: record points and second position in League 1, quite an achievement! But the club leaders must believe they need a different type of trainer to take the team to the next level.

According to reports in France and Portugal the runner up to replace the Mister would be Sporting Lisbon boss Leonardo Jardim, who reportedly signed a 2-year deal to become the new manager of AS Monaco. Is Jose Leonardo Nunes Alves Sousa Jardim the right man? We will have to wait for the news to be confirmed and then only time will tell. Here is some information on the otherwise unknown and rather controversial potential new trainer for the Monegasque team. Jardim was born August 1, 1974 in Barcelona, Venezuela to Portuguese parents who was until recently a Portuguese football manager and has now been signed as new coach for ASM Monaco. In May 2011 Jardim replaced Sporting Clube de Portugal-bound Domingos Paciencia at the helm of S.C. Braga. He led the Minho club to the third position in his first and only season and left after irreconcilable differences with the president. In June 2012 Jardim agreed to join Greek club Olympiacos F.C. on a two-year contract but was controversially relieved of his duties 6 months later, even though the club led the league by ten points. He returned to Portugal in the summer of 2013 on a two-year contract with Sporting leading a team full of youngsters developed at the club, he coached the Lisbon giants to the second position in his debut campaign. On Thursday, May 22 it was announced in the media that Leonardo Jardim was replaced at Sporting by Marco Silva from Estoril. Still rests to be confirmed if he will be signed by Monaco.

Claudio Ranieri will be on Stade Louis II for one more time on Tuesday, May 20 as the official coach for the Star Team MC where F1 drivers and other celebrities will play a charity match benefiting children in need. Bravo Mister!

Zizou to Bordeaux? NO!

Will Zinedine Zidane (Zizou) be the new trainer for Bordeaux replacing Francis Gillot? Born June 1972 and nicknamed Zizou is a French assistant coach and sporting director at Real Madrid, and a retired footballer who played as an attacking midfielder for the French national team, Juventus and Real Madrid. Renowned for his elegance, vision and technique he was named the best European footballer of the past 50 years by UEFA, and has been described as one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Zidane has won the FIFA World Player of the year three times, a feat achieved by only Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, and the Ballon d’Or once. He was League 1 Player of the Year in 1996, Series A footballer of the Year in and La Liga Best Foreign Player in 2002. Following the 2006 World Cup where he received the Golden Ball as Player of the tournament, Zidane retired from playing football.

According to strong rumors Bordeaux offered Zizou a two-year contract to take on his first managerial role replacing Francis Gillot who won the Coupe de France with the Girondins of Bordeaux in 2013. Apparently Zizou is not expected to respond to the club until after the Champions League final on May 24, the last of his Real Madrid obligations. On Thursday, May 22 it was announced that Zizou will not sign with Bordeaux and the new candidate could be Willy Sagnol at present head coach for the French Espoirs.  To be confirmed. 

Season 2014/2015

The LFP (Professional Football League) revealed that the premiere division league 1 that will kick-off on Friday, August 8 2014, while the final match has been scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2015. To be finally adopted, the schedule needs to be approved by the Executive Committee of the French Football Association (FFF).

See you next season!

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