On the basketball level, the Roca Team has enjoyed a meteoric rise from Men’s National 1 to the top of the Jeep Elite in the span of just three seasons. Since the arrival of the wealthy Sergey Dyadechko as a patron and then President of the club, the flag basketball team of the Principality of Monaco has always positioned itself at the top of the NM1 ranking, then the Pro B and the Pro A. It has won the mid-season Leaders Cup three times in a row (2016, 2017 and 2018), in addition to reaching European level the Champions League podium in 2017 and 2018. The financial fortune of the Ukrainian businessman, combined with his tax advantages offered on his territory, allowed him to be propelled as a heavyweight in Europe.
The Monegasque environment from a sporting and geographical point of view is exceptional. Its technical staff knows how to spot good opportunities, develop players to help them take a step forward in their career. The examples of basketball players leaving the Rock on a high note to sign a much more lucrative contract in another prestigious organization are numerous. Apart from the parquet floors, the living environment is magnificent, even idyllic. Located on the Côte d’Azur a few kilometers from the border between France and Italy, the Principality of Monaco is an exceptional territory. For an ambitious professional basketball player, the positive arguments for joining the ASM are numerous.
A top basketball team
The rare times when the pennant team found itself in difficulty, the leaders of the club found the resources and solutions to regain the heights. Not qualified for the 2019 Leaders Cup, they then recalled their current captain, Dee Bost, and hired the Serbian technician Sasha Djordjevic to raise the bar and take the ship to the final of the championship by chaining 21 victories in 22 games. Only Asvel Lyon-Villeurbanne, chaired by Tony Parker, managed to bring down the Monegasque ogre.
Last season, AS Monaco obtained a historic qualification in the quarter-finals of the Eurocup. In the domestic championship, she was the leader of the competition. Who knows how far the Roca Team would have gone if the global Coronavirus pandemic had not interrupted and frozen the European Cup and the Jeep Elite? Since then, the health and economic crisis has been there. The reigning vice-champion of France lost executive elements during the off-season to attack a 2020/2021 exercise which is proving difficult to organize. However, the training coached by the returning Zvezdan Mitrovic is still performing well.
ASM rises from its ashes
Historically, AS Monaco had already evolved in the elite of the French basketball championship, from the 1970s until the beginning of the 1990s. However, it then chained relegations without anyone reacting. Today, we can clearly say that the orange ball is definitely reborn from its ashes on Le Rocher. If the club had an arena worthy of the name, that is to say more than 5,000 seats, AS Monaco Basket would most likely play in the Euroleague at present. Integrating the creme de la creme of continental basketball is also part of the always ambitious projects of the decision makers of the basketball team.
A great cultural diversity
In addition to its professional basketball team, Monaco is renowned for its great cultural diversity. And not just in sports. If its flag football team plays in Ligue 1 and took part in the Champions League a few years ago, and the Louis II stadium hosts the various sports branches of AS Monaco, this Principality has many other assets to assert. Its ideal position on the world map offers you the possibility of reaching France or Italy in a few minutes by transport. Many foreigners live there. More than 135 nationalities are represented there. Taxation is advantageous. On the other hand, Monegasque class and prestige come at a price.
A lifestyle apart
Monaco is also world famous for being home to the famous Monte-Carlo Casino, numerous sports cars and luxury boutiques. The lifestyle in the territory ruled by Prince Albert II is unique. It is a Principality where millionaires and celebrities from diverse and varied backgrounds meet.
If going for a walk on the beach, on Le Rocher or strolling in one of its magnificent floral parks to relax will not cost you a cent, renting yoats to stroll on the French Riviera is billed thousands of euros. If you can afford it, you can also hire concierge services. You also have the opportunity to visit its gigantic aquarium, which is one of the largest on the planet, and sip a cocktail from one of its breathtaking views.
Monaco is one of the most expensive cities in Europe. And this, although its area does not exceed 2 square km. It is therefore necessary to plan a fairly substantial financial budget to stay there.