Initially known as Munegu Autu, the “Barbagiuans of Monaco” team is now a fixture of the Monegasque sporting landscape. When it was created in 1980, it was simply a group of people close to H.S.H. Prince Albert II. Initially, small friendly games were organised on a local scale.
As the years went by, the ambitions evolved. Some emblematic figures of Monegasque football came to contribute their stone to the edifice to allow the project to develop and the team to strengthen. The first was Henri Biancheri, who joined the team at the end of the 1980s, followed by other well-known players, including Delio Onnis and Jean Petit. With time, the team gained visibility and sporting credibility. Invitations to take part in games were numerous, especially abroad.
In the year 2000, the “Barbagiuans” took on a new challenge. To take advantage of some of the major events in the principality to organise matches. The highlight is the match between the “Barbagiuans” and the circus team, which takes place every year during the Monte-Carlo Circus Festival.
Time goes by, and the appointments continue. In 2010, the first more modern stars of the football world joined the team, including the legendary Didier Deschamps, ex- football coach of the AS Monaco football club.
In 2020, the “Barbagiuans” decided to take things to the next level. With the creation of the Fight Aids Cup, the match, which brings together Louis Ducruet’s team and that of his mother, H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie, aims to raise funds that will benefit the Fight Aids Monaco association (created by H.S.H. Princess Stéphanie).
Today, the team is almost entirely composed of former Monegasque football stars, great lovers of the principality’s charitable values.
Thinking about the Barbagiuans always evokes fond memories. We were a close group of friends who were eager to get together for a game every now and then. Today I am happy to see the Barbagiuans contributing to noble causes with this new generation composed mainly of former players, and I know that the spirit of the Barbagiuans is still alive and well.Viva Munegu !