Leonardo Jardim: Monaco ready to claw back with the new boss

Leonardo Jardim: Monaco ready to claw back with the new boss

Leonardo Jardim signed a two-and-a-half year contract with Monaco on Friday. He took the office on Sunday, accompanied by his technical staff. 


The Portuguese coach returned to his coaching seat, 108 days after being dismissed. Jardim will lead the first match of his second life in Monaco on Tuesday, in the semifinal of the League Cup in Guingamp.

After the dismissal of Thierry Henry on Thursday night, AS Monaco formalized its successor the next day. As expected, the club chosen to entrust the reins of the team to Leonardo Jardim dismissed on October 11, 2018, after more than 4 seasons at the club and winning the French League Cup in 2017, a few weeks after a Champions League Semi-Final.

Vadim Vasilyev, the club’s vice president, and CEO in a statement said,

“Our club is going through a very complicated time today, and today I am ready to declare that I bear full responsibility for it. We are forced to conclude that we sold too many important players during the summer transfer window and despite considerable resources invested errors were committed to replacing them, that has not helped to compose a new competitive team. The dismissal decision of coach Leonardo Jardim was similarly taken too prematurely.”

The vice president also highlighted about Thierry Henry.

He said, “A football legend but the unfavorable circumstances, and especially many injuries of the players, did not allow him to quickly and effectively get his team out of the crisis. I would like to thank Thierry Henry to have taken up this challenge and tried to coach the team of his home club during a difficult period. It would probably have taken longer to implement what was planned. But unfortunately we no longer have the time and we must act and react immediately.”

Thierry Henry posted a message on Twitter. “I sincerely hope that my successor will get the team out of this situation.” He acknowledged “a great sadness” at the idea of leaving “this wonderful club”.

“I believe very strongly in these players and in the fact that the team, with its last reinforcements, is now ready to face the second part of the season, to chain a series of good results and to reach its potential”. Thierry Henry concluded, “I wish everyone the best for the future, starting with success in Dijon, then why not a win in the Cup to make us again a European club!”

Cesc Fabregas with Thierry Henry: A special relation reunited in Monaco

Cesc Fabregas with Thierry Henry: A special relation reunited in Monaco

Cesc Fabregas completed his move from Chelsea to French side Monaco to reunite with his old Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry. 


Fabregas put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Stade Louis II after passing a medical test. Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas are in Monaco, sixteen years after their first matches together at Arsenal. Because of their football careers, their career at the Gunners and Barcelona, the two men share a special relationship.

Fabregas with Henry: The beginning

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Cesc Fabregas started his career with the first team of Arsenal during the 2003-04 season but played only a few matches for the London club, and without the enigmatic French striker. It was necessary to wait for the Community Shield at the dawn of the 2004-05 season to see the two players gel together. The Spaniard then took advantage of an injury to Patrick Vieira to settle in the team, who were invincible in the prior season with Pires, Bergkamp, Ljungberg and Gilberto Silva.

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Henry: The captain

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After the departure of Patrick Vieira to Juventus in 2005, Thierry Henry inherited the captain’s armband. And became – if it was not already – an idol for the young players of Arsenal as Fabregas, both demanding and close to their teammates, and attested this friendly exchange after a win over Liverpool in 2006 (2-1).

Champions League final: Transfer of captaincy

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At the end of the 2005-06 season, Arsenal faced Barcelona in the Champions League final. Fabregas and Henry were both on the field, but the Gunners failed to win it at the end of the match. The Frenchman played one more season before going to the Catalan club, while Fabregas inherited Henry’s captain’s armband – but passed to William Gallas during the 2008-09 season.

Regular contacts

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Even after Henry’s departure from Barcelona, the two men stayed in touch, as Fabregas told them in 2008,

” Thierry, what about him? He was the best player in the world when he was here (in Arsenal). I always talk to him on the phone so I will ask him for advice (on the role of captain).”

Their trajectories will brush a few years later when Fabregas signed at Barca. But Henry left the Blaugrana a year earlier for the New York Bulls.

 

For the Ballon d’Or

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Both players have been several times in the rankings of the Ballon d’Or. In 2006, when Henry finished third, Fabregas was selected but was not among the 30 finalists. The two names again appeared in the 30 in 2007 and 2009. And Fabregas each time lead the standings over the French. (Fabregas 8th and Henry 19th in 2007, Fabregas 12th and Henry 15th in 2009).

 

David Dein: The common one

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Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas also share the same agent, Darren Dein. Lawyer and son of David Dein, the former vice-president of Arsenal and close to Arsene Wenger, the man has managed many former Arsenal players like Clichy, Song, Flamini and many others. Dein, who conducted negotiations for Fabregas with the management of Monaco, is known for rock hard in business. His demands during the negotiations to place Fabregas with Henry in the premises of Monaco were granted that led to this great reunion.

5 footballers who have won the Champions League, World Cup and Premier League

5 footballers who have won the Champions League, World Cup and Premier League

Winning major trophies is what every professional footballer dreams of, but there are only five stars in the history of the game to have won a FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and English Premier League. 


The UEFA Champions League is a yearly encounter between top clubs in Europe battling it out to be regarded as the best club in world football while the FIFA World Cup takes place once in 4 years as the world’s top nations compete to be named as the top football-playing countries in the world. Premier League is one of the most exciting leagues in the world, which is most watched. 

 

Here are the five players who have won the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and Premier League.

 

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Thierry Henry

His football career started with Monaco youth ranks under manager Arsene Wenger, from where he moved to Juventus where he majorly played as a left winger. Post-2000, Henry got converted into a striker and became one of the most feared players in Europe. He then moved to Arsenal where he won Premier League two times, and then to Barcelona where the team captured the Champions League Trophy in 2008-2009. Henry had a fantastic career with France as he won the FIFA World Cup, Euro Championship in 2000, FIFA Confederation Cup in 2003 and also reached the finals of FIFA World Cup 2006.

 

 

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Fabien Barthez

Fabien Barthez is a player underrated by many football fans, dismissed as a clown that can only be relied upon to eventually make a mistake. While it is true that he had his moments, what shouldn’t be forgotten is his outstanding record as a goalkeeper. He won the Premier League with Manchester United in 2000-01 and 2002-03, UEFA Champions League with Marseille in 1992-93 and 1998 FIFA World Cup with France.

Throughout France’s victorious World Cup campaign, Barthez was an integral part of the team, letting in just two goals in the seven matches Les Bleus played. He was given the Yashin award for those performances, as well as being named European Goalkeeper of the Year, an award he would win again in 2000.

 

 

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Juliano Belletti

Juliano Belletti is another player in this elite list. Belletti, who won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, had spells in Europe at Villarreal, Barcelona, and Chelsea, winning two La Liga titles, one Premier League trophy, and a Champions League title. He won the UEFA Champions League with Barcelona in 2005-06, Premier League with Chelsea in 2009-10 and 2002 FIFA World Cup with Brazil. In 2015, he retired from international football.

 

 

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Gerard Pique

Spanish center-back Gerard Pique is another star to win the FIFA World Cup, UEFA Champions League, and Premier League. In 2007-08 he won the Premier League with Manchester United, UEFA Champions League with United in 2007-08 and with Barcelona in 2008-09, 2010-11 and 2014-15. He won the 2010 FIFA World Cup with Spain in South Africa.

 

 

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Pedro Rodriguez

Chelsea footballer Pedro Rodriguez won UEFA Champions League with Barcelona in 2008-09, 2010-11 and 2014-15, he won Premier League with Chelsea in 2016-17 and World Cup with Spain. Pedro started his career with Barcelona and stayed there for 9 seasons before moving to Chelsea in 2015. Since 2010 he has played in 64 matches for the Spain national team and scored 17 goals. His honors with the national team: winner of the UEFA Euro 2012 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Ligue 1 | Henry still waits for first win as Monaco manager

Ligue 1 | Henry still waits for first win as Monaco manager

French legend Thierry Henry is still waiting for his taste of victory as Monaco manager after a rollercoaster 2 – 2 draw with Dijon on Saturday, that stretched their winless run to 10 games.


After a 2 – 1 defeat at Strasbourg and 1 – 1 Champions League draw against Club Brugge,  Monaco yet again failed to impress after they gave away a lead and played out a 2 – 2 draw against Dijon on Saturday. This result means that Monaco are second from the bottom of the table and only goal difference keeps them above Guingamp, something that Monaco wouldn’t and shouldn’t be proud of given their rich history and the calibre of players they have produced.

Henrichs gave Monaco the lead in the 29th minute but Thierry Henry’s joy was short-lived as Dijon leveled just five minutes later with a clinical finish. Monaco, who haven’t managed to win since their opening day victory against Nantes never seemed like a team with the will and the fight needed to win. They looked extremely disjointed in the second half and they paid a price when a well-worked move by Dijon saw them put another past the Monaco keeper who was fazed by a deflection. But it took a powerful header from centre back Glik to salvage a point and avoid them being defeated yet again.

Henry after the game expressed his willingness to stay positive and said that it was good that they came back from a draw, but also agreed that a win is not a win and that they must get better if they are to even stay in the league. They were expected to challenge PSG this season after they won the French League, more recently. But as of now, they are expected to get some points to show for and move up the table and finish in the top half at the least. Monaco have produced some stellar players including the likes of Mbappe and Fabinho who have all moved on from the club and the owners at the club believe that Thierry Henry would be the man to rebuild this Monaco team from scratch.

He hasn’t had the best of starts as the manager of Monaco, but one would expect that he would take time to get the ball rolling for Monaco. Monaco are 25 points behind PSG who they finished runners-up to last season and Henry will be responsible to lead this Monaco team and as all managers do, he will need some time to leave his impression on the World of football, but as a manager this time.

Henry loses first game as Monaco Boss

Thierry Henry loses first game as Monaco Boss

Thierry Henry managerial debut with AS Monaco didn’t go as planned.


Thierry Henry replaced Leonardo Jardim as Monaco Manager and in his first game in charge suffered a 2 – 1 loss to Strasbourg. The French Legend enjoyed Seven fruitful years at his boyhood Club as a player, AS Monaco played the role of a launchpad in his career, scoring 20 Goals in 105 appearances before becoming a lethal goalscorer for Arsenal, Barcelona and the French National Team. So earlier this week when Henry took the Monaco Job, a lot was expected from him and things didn’t go to plan for Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Monaco goalkeeper Seydou Sy’s blunder and Samuel Grandsir’s red card made the headlines and notably, these two events cost Henry and Monaco the game. The Principality Club have made a shambolic start to the Season and have failed to register a win in 11 games since the opening day of the Season, including the Champions League. Monaco are languishing at 19th place on the points table with only 6 points from 10 games, in fact, this is their worst start in the French top division since the 1953-54 Season.  

Thiery Henry is a part of a new generation of exciting Managers, who are younger than most managers and have a completely new Football philosophy and outlook. The Likes of Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Ryan Giggs, and Thierry Henry are from the same Generation of Players and it’s good to see them enter into their respective managerial roles. While Lampard, Giggs, and Gerrard have had a decent start to their careers, Henry will be hoping to improve with every game, especially considering his influence on young French players at Monaco.

Henry’s predecessor, Leonardo Jardim took the Club to unexpected heights. Winning the Ligue 1 in the 2016/17 Season and also reached the Champions League Semi-final, with the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar, Bernardo Silva, Fabinho and Benjamin Mendy, that Monaco team seemed untouchable. Sure Thierry Henry doesn’t have that level of talent at his disposal but having Radamel Falcao, Youri Tielemans and Alexandr Golovin at your disposal demand a much higher table position than 19th.

Just 17 minutes into his debut Managerial campaign, Henry saw his side concede through Adrien Thomasson’s header that was helped into the net by Monaco Goalkeeper Seydou Sy. Before half-time, the visitors lost the captain and talismanic striker Radamel Falcao to a muscle injury, the principality side went 1 – 0 down into half-time. Monaco’s biggest setback came in the 66th minute when Samuel Grandsir was shown a straight red for a high boot on Anthony Goncalves, merely 2 minutes after coming on. Strasbourg Striker, Lebo Mothiba effectively wrapped the game up in the 84th minute with a clever chip over the keeper. Youri Tielemans scored a consolation goal for the visitors from the spot, but all in all, it was a bad day for the for Henry and the fans.

Aguero – Manchester City star signs a contract extension

Aguero - Manchester City star signs a contract extension

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has decided to extend his current contract with the Premier League club by another year.

The Argentina international was contracted to the Premier League Champions till 2020 and he has now signed an extension that will keep him at the club until 2021.

Director of Football Txiki Begiristain said: “We are delighted that Sergio is extending his stay at Manchester City. He has been so important to this Club since his arrival in 2011 and he remains at the forefront of what we are want to achieve in the coming years. We are fortunate to have had one of the best strikers in the world at our Club for so many years and I’m sure our supporters will be thrilled with this news.”

Aguero joined Manchester City in 2011 from Atletico Madrid, City’s all-time top scorer will have spent a whole decade with the club when his new deal expires.

With 204 goals in 299 appearances, Aguero is on the path of breaking more Manchester City and Premier League records. The 30-year-old striker has scored more goals than any other player in the club’s history. His goal in the 4-2 win away at Napoli in November 2017 which was his 178th for City, saw him overtake Eric Brook and become the Club’s greatest ever goalscorer. Brook’s record in the club had stood for a whopping 78 years.

Aguero holds the best minutes-to-goal ratio in Premier League history (based on 50 goals or more scored). He has scored 146 at an average of a goal every 108 minutes which is better than Thierry Henry’s record of 121.8 minutes per goal. Aguero also has 9 Premier League hat-tricks, just two behind Alan Shearer, the record holder. Shearer, the all-time leading Premier League scorer with 260 goals, called Aguero “the best foreign player to ever play in the Premier League”.

Just to reveal where Aguero ranks among the foreign Premier League greats, here is a list of the top overseas scorers in Premier League till now.

Thierry Henry (France) – 175 goals in 258 games for Arsenal

Sergio Aguero (Argentina) – 146 goals in 211 games for Manchester City

SRobin van Persie (Netherlands) – 144 goals in 280 games for Arsenal and Manchester United

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Netherlands) – 127 goals in 288 games for Leeds, Chelsea, Middlesbrough, and Charlton

Robbie Keane (Ireland) – 126 goals in 349 games for Coventry, Leeds, Tottenham, Liverpool, West Ham, and Aston Villa

Nicolas Anelka (France) – 125 goals in 364 games for Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton, Chelsea, and West Brom

Dwight Yorke (Trinidad and Tobago) – 123 goals in 375 games for Aston Villa, Manchester United, Blackburn, Birmingham City, and Sunderland.

Aguero has already scored 5 goals and assisted a further 2 in 6 games for City this season. 

Speaking to CityTV, Aguero said: “I am happy for this additional year. My idea was being here for 10 years. I’ve been here for seven years, it’s going to be 10 when the contract expires. Hopefully, that’s going to happen. This was the main reason I signed.”

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