En Avant de Guingamp

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En Avant de Guingamp logo.svg
Full name En Avant de Guingamp Côtes-d'Armor
Founded 1912; 103 years ago (1912)
Ground Stade du Roudourou,
Ground Capacity 18,126
Chairman Bertrand Desplat
Manager Jocelyn Gourvennec
League Ligue 1
2014–15 10th
Website Club home page
Current season

En Avant de Guingamp Côtes-d'Armor (Breton: War-raok Gwengamp; commonly referred to as EA Guingamp, EAG, or simply Guingamp) is a French association football club based in the commune of Guingamp. The club was founded in 1912 and currently play in Ligue 1, the top level of French football, having won promotion from Ligue 2 following the 2012–13 season. Guingamp plays its home matches at the Stade du Roudourou located within the city. The club's status as a professional club is atypical with the club playing in a commune of 7,280 inhabitants, with a stadium capable of holding upwards of 18,000 spectators.

However having remained amateur for a long time, playing within the regional leagues, the club got promoted 3 times under the presidency of Noël Le Graët, who took over in 1972. In 1976, Guingamp reached the Third Division (now called Championnat National), and the next season went straight into the Second Division (now called Ligue 2), where they stayed until 1993. The club adopted professional status in 1984, and in 1990 the Stade du Roudourou was opened, hosting Paris Saint-Germain in its first match. The club's first major honour was winning the Coupe de France in 2009; in the process becoming the second team to win the competition from outside Ligue 1.[1] The team defeated Derby Breton rivals Rennes 2–1 in the final. Also, in 2014, En Avant de Guingamp beat Stade Rennais F.C. 2–0 at the Stade de France. Aside from two years of Coupe de France triumph, the club's other success was winning the 1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup

The club is currently spending their eighth season in the French top flight, having gained promotion only 3 times: 1995, 2000 and 2013. Aside from winning the Coupe de France, Guingamp is known for having served as a springboard for prominent players such as Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Fabrice Abriel, and Vincent Candela. Managers such as Guy Lacombe, Francis Smerecki, and Erick Mombaerts also used the club as springboards during the infancy of their coaching careers. Guingamp is currently presided over by Bertrand Desplat. The former president, Noël Le Graët serves now as president of the French Football Federation. The team is managed by Brittany native Jocelyn Gourvennec and captained by midfielder Lionel Mathis. The club has a women's team who play in the Division 1 Féminine, and a reserve team in the CFA2.

On 3 May 2014, En Avant won their second Coupe de France, defeating Stade Rennais 2–0 in the final at Stade de France.

History of the club[edit]

Important Dates[edit]

  • 1912: Foundation of the club.
  • 1922: First match at Stade de Montbareil.
  • 1929: First promotion to the Division d'Honneur.
  • 1949: Second promotion to the Division d'Honneur.
  • 1974: Third promotion to the Division d'Honneur.
  • 1976: First promotion to Division 3.
  • 1977: First promotion to Division 2.
  • 1984: Adoption of professional status.
  • 1990: First match at Stade de Roudourou.
  • 1994: Second promotion to Ligue 2.
  • 1995: First promotion to Ligue 1.
  • 1996: Winner of the Intertoto Cup and first appearance in Europe.
  • 1997: Runner-up of the Coupe de France.
  • 2000: Second promotion to Ligue 1.
  • 2004: Relegation from Ligue 1.
  • 2009: Winner of the Coupe de France and second appearance in Europe.
  • 2010: Relegation from Ligue 2.
  • 2011: Promotion to Ligue 2.
  • 2013: Promotion to Ligue 1.
  • 2014: Winner of the Coupe de France and third appearance in the UEFA Europa League.


Current squad[edit]

As of 30 August 2015[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Jonas Lössl
2 Denmark DF Lars Jacobsen
3 Ivory Coast DF Benjamin Angoua
5 Senegal MF Moustapha Diallo
6 France DF Maxime Baca
7 France DF Dorian Lévêque
9 Mali FW Mana Dembélé
10 France MF Nicolas Benezet
11 French Guiana FW Sloan Privat (on loan from Gent)
12 Belgium MF Nill de Pauw
13 France MF Younousse Sankharé
15 France DF Jérémy Sorbon
16 France GK Théo Guivarch
No. Position Player
17 France FW Julien Bègue
18 France MF Lionel Mathis (captain)
19 France MF Yannis Salibur
20 France MF Laurent Dos Santos
22 France MF Julien Cardy
23 France FW Jimmy Briand
24 France MF Marcus Coco
25 France DF Reynald Lemaître
26 France MF Thibault Giresse
27 France DF Franck Héry
29 France DF Christophe Kerbrat
30 Mali GK Mamadou Samassa
31 France MF Ludovic Blas

On loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
Guinea DF Baissama Sankoh (on loan to Brest)
Morocco FW Rachid Alioui (on loan to Laval)
No. Position Player
Denmark FW Ronnie Schwartz (on loan to Brøndby)
Morocco FW Karim Achahbar (on loan to Luçon)

Notable players[edit]

Below are the notable former players who have represented Guingamp in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1912. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 80 official matches for the club.[3]

For a complete list of Guingamp players, see Category:EA Guingamp players

European record[edit]

Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 12 Serbia and Montenegro FK Zemun 1–0 1st Symbol keep vote.svg
Finland FF Jaro 0–0
Romania Dinamo Bucharest 2–1
Georgia (country) Kolkheti Poti 3–1
SF Russia KAMAZ 0–2 4–0 4–2 Symbol keep vote.svg
Finals Russia Rotor Volgograd 1–2 1–0 2–21 Symbol keep vote.svg
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1R Italy Internazionale 0–3 1–1 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 3R Czech Republic 1. FC Brno 2–1 2–4(aet) 4–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 UEFA Europa League PO Germany Hamburg 1–5 1–3 2–8 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League Group K Italy Fiorentina 0–3 1–2 2nd Symbol keep vote.svg
Greece PAOK 2–0 2–1
Belarus Dinamo Minsk 0–0 2–0
R32 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 2-1 1-3 3-4 Symbol delete vote.svg

1 Guingamp won the Final on away goals.

  • 1R: First round
  • 3R: Third round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • SF: Semi-finals


Club hierarchy[edit]

As of 3 November 2012
Position Name
President Bertrand Desplat
Vice-President Frédéric Legrand
Association President Jean-Paul Briand
Manager Jocelyn Gourvennec

Managerial history[edit]





  1. ^ "Ligue 2 side Guingamp stun Rennes in French Cup". The Guardian. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2009. 
  2. ^ Effectif 2014–15
  3. ^ http://www.eaguingamp.com/?Le-top-des-joueurs
  4. ^ Guingamp's two Championnat de l'Ouest titles were won by the club's reserve team.

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