Football: Adi Hütter era off to a winning start as Monaco beat Clermont

Takumi Minamino playing for AS Monaco v Clermont Foot

Adi Hütter’s AS Monaco era got off to a winning start with a six-goal thriller (2-4) against Clermont Foot on Sunday.

After last season’s disappointment, the page had been turned. However, it didn’t feel like that in the opening exchanges. Clermont Foot applied pressure to Monaco’s defence, and the latter cracked. Philipp Köhn, the successor to Alexander Nübel, dropped a clanger, palming a Mateusz Wieteska header into the back of the net.

The Swiss shot-stopper showed great mental strength to bounce back later in the match, pulling off some important saves. Monaco, through Vanderson, almost bounced back immediately, but the Brazilian’s shot rebounded off the post, with Mory Diaw making a vital fingertip save.

Köhn was then called into action once again, but this time he was up to the task. Monaco, who slowly grew into the game, did then level the score, and it was Vanderson again, who this time found the back of the net after a neat exchange with a reborn Takumi Minamino.

100 goals up for Wissam Ben Yedder

Monaco then took the lead before the break. Youssouf Fofana’s well-hit shot clipped off the inside of the post with the rebound falling to captain Wissam Ben Yedder to slot into the empty net. The France international was participating in Monaco’s Ligue 1 opener, despite being charged with rape on Friday.

However, Clermont are looking to build on last season’s historic campaign, and they worked their way back into the match. Muhammed Cham caused Monaco’s defence problems all day, and he restored parity just after the break.

Goalscorer Vanderson then turned provider to restore Les Monégasques’ advantage. His ball across goal was clipped in by Ben Yedder at the front post in what was the captain’s 100th goal for the club. Only Delio Onnis and Lucien Cossou have scored more in the Principality club’s long and illustrious history.

“A great team victory.”

Clermont pushed to salvage a point, but instead, it was Monaco who rounded off the scoring. Two substitutes combined; Eliot Matazo crossed for Maghnes Akliouche, who tapped in his first Ligue 1 goal from close-range. An exciting start to Hütter’s reign at Monaco, who will be more encouraged by his side’s attacking fluidity, than its currently lacking defensive solidity.

“Coming away with the three points is very important to start the season. Globally, it’s a great team victory,” said Hütter post-match. The Austrian recognised the margin for improvement, adding, “It’s true that we conceded opportunities and we have defensive worries, but that is part of the process.”

Monaco will be hoping to make it two-in-two when Strasbourg come to town next Sunday in what will be the first match of the season at the Stade Louis II.


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AS Monaco captain Wissam Ben Yedder charged with rape

Wissam Ben Yedder in AS Monaco training

AS Monaco captain Wissam Ben Yedder has been charged with rape, attempted rape and sexual assault. The accusations were made last month.

The charges, as reported by Nice-Matin, were confirmed by the Nice public prosecutor, and a formal investigation has now been opened. The AS Monaco captain is reportedly under judicial supervision, and a bail of €900,000 has been requested.

The alleged events took place on the night of 10th July in Beausoleil. Two women, aged 19 and 20, reportedly lodged the complaint against Ben Yedder and his brother at the police station in Cagnes-sur-Mer. According to RMC Sport, the France international appeared before a magistrate in Nice on Friday.

Monaco Life can confirm that Wissam Ben Yedder was present at first-team training on Friday, and in a press conference held prior to news of the charges, manager Adi Hütter revealed that the accused would remain captain and play against Clermont Foot in Sunday’s Ligue 1 opener.

According to AFP, however, “certain obligations” have been placed upon him by the court, pending the trial.

AS Monaco have not commented on the charges made against the 33-year-old French football player.

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Getting to know Monaco: Exploring the Jardin Exotique neighbourhood

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As the name would suggest, this neighbourhood is home to Monaco’s magnificent exotic gardens, but there is far more to it than just that.

In the upper reaches of the Principality, at its western edge, sits the Jardin Exotique neighbourhood.

Nearly 15% of Monaco’s population has made this architecturally eclectic quartier home and just over 5,000 people live here in a fascinating mix of buildings and villas, new and old, that seem to blend all eras of design.


Located close to the neighbourhood’s Princess Antoinette Park – a public space named for the elder sister of Prince Rainier III and dedicated to the legendary olive trees of the region – is a classic example of the real estate in the Jardin Exotique: Le Simona.

A soaring, bright white edifice with curves and breath-taking vertical height, Le Simona was designed by Jean-Pierre Lott and was completed just over a decade ago in 2012. The green-fronted walls of the two towers reflect the vegetation from which the neighbourhood takes its name, but the property also stands for the modern luxury synonymous with recent real estate developments in Monaco.

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Le Simona, a perfect example of the adventurous architecture on display in the Jardin Exotique neighbourhood. Photo by Monaco Life


As the place that gives the neighbourhood its name, we have to mention the Jardin Exotique, even if the main attraction is closed and will not reopen until sometime next year.

Many of the succulent plants that fill the garden were originally brought in from Mexico in the 1860s and planted the Jardin Saint Martin. In 1912, Prince Albert I acquired the piece of land on which today’s gardens sit and Louis Notari, Monaco’s chief engineer at the time, transformed it. The original plants were moved there along with some additions from South America and Africa soon after.

The gardens were officially opened in 1933, and guided tours of a grotto that contained evidence of prehistoric inhabitants were added in 1950. The complex is currently undergoing renovations, although it is still possible to visit the greenhouses.


It is in this part of Monaco that you will also find the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology, which was first founded in 1902 by Prince Albert I “in order to preserve the vestiges of primitive humankind exhumed from the soil of the Principality and the surrounding regions”.  

The collections trace the steps of humanity in the glacial and interglacial periods dating back a million years ago. The museum carries out excavations and exhibits, and houses a fine collection of prehistoric artifacts.  

Discover the prehistory of the Principality and the surrounding region at the Musée d’Anthropologie Préhistorique. Photo by Monaco Life


The neighbourhood also is the site of the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco’s (NMNM) Villa Paloma, one of the two buildings that make up the modern art museum. This site features many contemporary art shows all throughout the year, such as the ongoing George Condo exhibit.   


The already mentioned Princess Antoinette Park is a beauty-filled place one hectare in size that shelters centuries-old olive trees. But far from being a “precious” and overly protected space, the park is a lively destination for children and their families, offering activities suitable for all ages. 

There are various play areas with swings, slides and the like, as well as the multi-sports grounds for ball games, including ping-pong tables, a badminton and volleyball court, and a small skateboard ramp. The mini farm is home to sheep, goats, ducks, chickens and rabbits, and is hugely popular with the park’s youngest visitors. A zen space was recently added and a 18-hole mini golf course completes the picture.  

With all these wonderful things to see and do, a trip to the Jardin Exotique district is well worth the time, especially for families looking for things to do with their children.  


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