Guinea national football team

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Guinea
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Syli Nationale
(National Elephants)
Association Fédération Guinéenne de Football
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Michel Dussuyer
Asst coach Souleymane Cheif
Captain Kamil Zayatte
Vice-captain Vacant
Top scorer Pascal Feindouno (29)
Home stadium Stade du 28 Septembre
FIFA code GUI
FIFA ranking 64 Decrease 13 (14 August 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 22 (August 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking 123 (May 2003)
Elo ranking 71
Highest Elo ranking 23 (1977)
Lowest Elo ranking 125 (June 1996)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Togo 2–1 Guinea Guinea
(Togo; 9 May 1962)
Biggest win
 Guinea 14–0 Mauritania 
(Guinea; 20 May 1972)
Biggest defeat
 Zaire 6–0 Guinea Guinea
(Zaire; 2 July 1972)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 10 (First in 1970)
Best result Second place; 1976

The Guinea national football team, nicknamed Syli nationale (National Elephant), is the national team of Guinea and is controlled by the Fédération Guinéenne de Football. They have never qualified for the World Cup finals, and their best finish in the Africa Cup of Nations was second in the 1976. The team reached the quarter-finals in three successive tournaments (2004, 2006, 2008).

History[edit]

Guinea made their footballing debut in an away friendly on 9 May 1962, losing 2–1 against Togo.[1] In 1963, Guinea entered its first qualification campaign for an Africa Cup of Nations, the 1963 tournament in Ghana. Drawn in a two-legged qualifier against Nigeria, Guinea drew the first leg 2–2 away on 27 July, and on 6 October won 1–0 at home to win 3–2 on aggregate. They were later disqualified for using Guinean officials in the second leg, and Nigeria went through to the finals in their place. In 1965, Guinea entered qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia and was placed in Group A with Senegal and Mali. On 28 February they lost 2–0 in Senegal before beating them 3–0 at home on 31 March, Senegal's win over Mali allowed them to qualify instead of Guinea.[2]

During the 1976 African Nations Cup the Guinean team finished second to Morocco, only missing out on the championship by a point.[3][4]

In 2001 FIFA expelled the country from the qualification process of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2002 African Cup of Nations due to government interference in football.[5] They returned to international action in September 2002 after a two-year ban from competition.[6] In the 2004 African Cup of Nations Guinea reached the quarter finals, scoring the first goal against Mali before ultimately losing 2–1, conceding the winning goal in the last minute of the match.[7] Guinea reached the quarter final stage again in the 2006 tournament, taking the lead against Senegal before losing 3–2.[8] 2008 saw Guinea reach the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations for a third successive tournament, only to suffer a 5–0 defeat against Côte d'Ivoire.[9]

In 2012 Guinea beat Botswana 6–1 in the group stage of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, becoming the first side to score six goals in an Africa Cup of Nations game since Côte d'Ivoire in 1970.[10] The team subsequently exited the tournament at the group stage after a draw against Ghana.[11]

Achievements[edit]

Amilcar Cabral Cup :
  • 5 Times Champion (1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 2005)
  • 1 Time Runners-up

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

  • 1930 to 1962Did not enter
  • 1966Withdrew
  • 1970Entry not accepted by FIFA
  • 1974 to 1998Did not qualify
  • 2002Disqualified by FIFA during qualifying
  • 2006 to 2014Did not qualify

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations Record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
Ghana 1963 Disqualified
Tunisia 1965 Did Not Qualify
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970 Group Stage 6th 3 0 2 1 4 7
Cameroon 1972 Did Not Qualify
Egypt 1974 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4
Ethiopia 1976 Runners-Up 2nd 6 3 3 0 11 7
Ghana 1978 Did Not Qualify
Nigeria 1980 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 5
Libya 1982 Did Not Qualify
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986
Morocco 1988
Algeria 1990
Senegal 1992
Tunisia 1994 Group Stage 11th 2 0 0 2 1 3
South Africa 1996 Did Not Qualify
Burkina Faso 1998 Group Stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 3
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Did Not Qualify
Mali 2002 Disqualified
Tunisia 2004 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 2 1 5 5
Egypt 2006 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 3 0 1 9 4
Ghana 2008 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 1 1 2 5 10
Angola 2010 Did Not Qualify
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 7 3
South Africa 2013 Did Not Qualify
Morocco 2015 To Be Determined
Libya 2017
Total 10/29 0 Titles 35 11 12 12 52 51

Other Tournaments[edit]

Year Round
Kuwait 1989 Peace and Friendship Cup Group Stage

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the squad for the friendly match vs. Mali.[12]
Caps and goals updated as 25 May 2014 after the match against Mali.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Naby Yattara (1984-01-12) 12 January 1984 (age 30) 33 0 France Arles-Avignon
1GK Abdul Aziz Keita (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 24) 9 0 Guinea Kaloum Star
2DF Thierno Bah (1982-10-05) 5 October 1982 (age 31) 15 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Khaleej
2DF Issiaga Sylla (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 20) 7 0 France Toulouse
2DF Aboubacar Bwanga Camara (1986-10-06) 6 October 1986 (age 27) 6 1 Guinea Kaloum Star
2DF Mohammed Diarra (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992 (age 22) 6 1 Denmark OB
2DF Fodé Camara (1988-08-17) 17 August 1988 (age 26) 4 0 Guinea Horoya
2DF Florentin Pogba (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 24) 4 0 France Saint-Étienne
2DF Baissama Sankoh (1992-03-20) 20 March 1992 (age 22) 2 0 France Guingamp
2DF Abdoulaye Cissé 2 0 Guinea Fello Star
2DF Aboubaca Camara (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Mali Horoya
3MF Kévin Constant (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 27) 21 3 Turkey Trabzonspor
3MF Ibrahima Conté (1991-04-03) 3 April 1991 (age 23) 21 1 Belgium Zulte Waregem
3MF Sadio Diallo (1990-12-28) 28 December 1990 (age 23) 19 7 France Lorient
3MF Ibrahima Sory Bangoura (1987-07-25) 25 July 1987 (age 27) 9 0 Mali Horoya
3MF Seydouba Soumah (1991-06-11) 11 June 1991 (age 23) 5 1 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
3MF Guy-Michel Landel (1990-07-07) 7 July 1990 (age 24) 3 1 Turkey Orduspor
3MF Boubacar Fofana (1989-11-06) 6 November 1989 (age 24) 2 0 Portugal Nacional
3MF Naby Keïta (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 19) 1 0 France Istres
4FW Ismaël Bangoura (1985-01-02) 2 January 1985 (age 29) 47 13 France Nantes
4FW Alhassane Bangoura (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 22) 18 1 Spain Rayo Vallecano
4FW Mohamed Yattara (1993-07-28) 28 July 1993 (age 21) 9 5 France Lyon
4FW Idrissa Sylla (1990-12-03) 3 December 1990 (age 23) 8 0 Belgium Zulte Waregem
4FW Aboubacar Demba Camara (1994-11-07) 7 November 1994 (age 19) 1 0 France Ajaccio

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Guinea within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Kémoko Camara (1975-04-05) 5 April 1975 (age 39) 47 0 Guinea Kaloum Star v.  Egypt, 10 September 2013
DF Djibril Paye (1990-02-26) 26 February 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Belgium Zulte Waregem v.  Iran, 5 March 2014
DF Kamil Zayatte (1985-03-07) 7 March 1985 (age 29) 45 4 England Sheffield Wednesday v.  Egypt, 10 September 2013
DF Alsény Camara (1986-11-04) 4 November 1986 (age 27) 14 0 France Vendée Poiré-sur-Vie v.  Egypt, 10 September 2013
DF Mamoudou Mara (1990-12-31) 31 December 1990 (age 23) 8 1 France Arles-Avignon v.  Egypt, 10 September 2013
DF Lanfia Camara (1986-10-03) 3 October 1986 (age 27) 8 0 Belgium Brussels v.  Egypt, 10 September 2013
MF Ibrahima Traoré 23 5 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach v.  Mali, 25 May 2014
MF Habib Baldé (1985-02-08) 8 February 1985 (age 29) 22 1 Romania Universitatea Cluj v.  Egypt, 10 September 2013
MF Mohamed Sakho (1988-08-05) 5 August 1988 (age 26) 21 0 Morocco Olympic Safi v.  Egypt, 10 September 2013
FW Souleymane Youla (1981-11-29) 29 November 1981 (age 32) 33 11 Hungary Budapest Honvéd v.  Mali, 25 May 2014 (withdrew)
FW Salim Cissé (1992-12-24) 24 December 1992 (age 21) 4 2 Portugal Arouca v.  Iran, 5 March 2014

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barrie Courtney. "Guinea - List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  2. ^ "Guinea - List of International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Guinea: Country Info". FIFA. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "African Nations Cup 1976". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Fifa confirm Guinea ban". BBC Sport. 19 March 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Guinea make their return". BBC Sport. 5 September 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Mali squeeze through". BBC Sport. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Guinea 2-3 Senegal". BBC Sport. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Quarter-finals: Civ 5-0 Gui". BBC Sport. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Nations Cup: Guinea crush Botswana". BBC Sport. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Nations Cup: Ghana through after 1-1 draw with Guinea". BBC Sport. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "AMICAL: Ismaël Bangoura et six locaux dans le groupe du Syli face au Mali" [FRIENDLY : Ismaël Bangoura and six in the local group Syli against Mali] (in French). Guinéefoot.info. Retrieved 28 May 2014.