En Avant de Guingamp

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EA Guingamp
En Avant Guingamp logo.svg
Full nameEn Avant de Guingamp Côtes-d'Armor
Nickname(s)Les Guingampais
Les Costarmoricains (The Costamoricans)
Les Rouge et Noir (The Red and Blacks)
Founded1912; 107 years ago (1912)
GroundStade de Roudourou
PresidentBertrand Desplat
Head coachSylvain Didot
LeagueLigue 2
2018–19Ligue 1, 20th (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

En Avant de Guingamp Côtes-d'Armor (Breton: War-raok Gwengamp, English: Forward Guingamp), commonly referred to as EA Guingamp, EAG, or simply Guingamp (French: [ɡɛ̃ɡɑ̃]), is a French association football club in the commune of Guingamp. The club was founded in 1912 and play in Ligue 2, the second tier of French football, having won promotion from Ligue 2 following the 2012–13 season, the club was relegated back to Ligue 2 at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season finishing in 20th. Guingamp plays its home matches at the Stade de Roudourou in the city. It is unusual for a commune of 7,280 inhabitants to have a professional football club, let alone one that plays in the first tier. Also the stadium has a capacity of 18,000 spectators, roughly 2.5 times the commune's population.

Having been an amateur club for a long time, playing in the regional leagues, the club got promoted three 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 they were promoted to the Second Division (now called Ligue 2), where they stayed until 1993. The club became fully professional in 1984, and in 1990 the Stade de Roudourou was opened, with Guingamp hosting Paris Saint-Germain in the inaugural match.

The club's first major honour was winning the Coupe de France in 2009, the second team in history not from Ligue 1 to win the competition.[1] The team defeated 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 only other major feat was winning the 1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup.

The club has played in the French top flight before, having gained promotion only three times: 1995, 2000 and 2013. Their longest stay in the top flight was between 2013 and 2019.

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 presided over by Bertrand Desplat. The former president, Noël Le Graët, is president of the French Football Federation. The club has a women's team who play in the Division 1 Féminine, and a reserve team in the CFA2.

In the 2018/2019 season, Guingamp reached the Coupe de la ligue final against RC Strasbourg. Guingamp lost the final losing 4-1 on penalties after the match ended goalless during 120 minutes of play.[2] On 12 May 2019, Guingamp were relegated to Ligue 2 ending a six year stay in the top division after drawing 1-1 with rivals Stade Rennais F.C..[3]

History of the club[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.
  • 2019: Finished runner up in the Coupe de la ligue final.
  • 2019: Relegated to Ligue 2.

League timeline[edit]


Current squad[edit]

First team[edit]

As of 2 September 2019.[4]

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

No. Position Player
1 France GK Théo Guivarch
3 France DF Morgan Poaty
4 France DF Yohan Baret
5 Gabon DF Lloyd Palun
6 South Africa MF Lebogang Phiri
7 France MF El Hadji Ba
8 France MF Pierrick Valdivia (captain)
9 Haiti FW Frantzdy Pierrot
11 France MF Louis Carnot
12 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Yeni Ngbakoto
13 France FW Yannick Gomis
14 France FW Nathaël Julan
15 France DF Jérémy Sorbon
16 France GK Marc-Aurèle Caillard
17 France MF Mehdi Boudjemaa
No. Position Player
19 France MF Mehdi Merghem
20 Cameroon DF Félix Eboa Eboa
22 France MF Bryan Pelé
23 France FW Ronny Rodelin
26 France FW Nolan Roux
27 France DF Sikou Niakaté
28 France DF Jérémy Mellot
29 France DF Christophe Kerbrat
30 France GK Dominique Youfeigane
33 France FW Matthias Phaeton
35 France DF Steven Ako
Mali DF Djegui Koita
Comoros MF Youssouf M'Changama
France FW Ali Gueddar

Out 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
France DF Yohan Bilingi (on loan to Bastia-Borgo)
Portugal DF Pedro Rebocho (on loan to Beşiktaş)
France MF Nicolas Benezet (on loan to Toronto FC)
No. Position Player
France MF Guessouma Fofana (on loan to Le Mans)
France FW Jérémy Livolant (on loan to Sochaux)

Reserve team[edit]

As of 24 February 2019.[5]

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

No. Position Player
1 France GK Dominique Youfeigane
2 France DF Ilan Radenac
3 France DF Steven Ako
4 France FW Antoine Hequet
5 France DF Yohan Baret
8 France MF Louis Carnot
9 France MF Baptiste Roux
10 France FW Ali Gueddar
11 France MF Dylan Mattias
12 France FW Matthias Phaeton
No. Position Player
13 France DF Yohan Bilingui
14 France MF Mehdi Boudjemaa
15 France MF Rémy Fombertasse
16 France MF Ryad Hachem
17 France MF Jules Gaudin
19 France FW Abou Es Sahhal
20 France MF Oktay Ozduru
21 France MF Romain Le Méhauté
22 France MF Mattéo Ahlinvi

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.[6]

For a complete list of Guingamp players, see Category:En Avant de 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(aet) 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 27 May 2016
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. ^ "COUPE DE LA LIGUE FINAL REACTIONS". www.ligue1.com. Archived from the original on 1 April 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  3. ^ "GUINGAMP RELEGATED AFTER DERBY DRAW". www.ligue1.com. Archived from the original on 13 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  4. ^ "L'effectif 2019-2020". eaguingamp.com. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  5. ^ "NATIONALE 3" (in French). En Avant de Guingamp.
  6. ^ "En Avant de Guingamp". En Avant de Guingamp.
  7. ^ "Communiqué Officiel Commun EAG / Jocelyn Gourvennec". eaguingamp.com (in French). 22 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  8. ^ https://www.ouest-france.fr/sport/football/ea-guingamp/ea-guingamp-patrice-lair-officiellement-nomme-entraineur-6374018
  9. ^ "Guingamp : Patrice Lair va partir" (in French). foot-national.com. 23 September 2019.
  10. ^ "EA Guingamp. Après le licenciement de Patrice Lair, Sylvain Didot pour au moins deux matches ?" (in French). Ouest France. 24 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Guingamp : Le nouvel entraîneur officialisé, le communiqué du club" (in French). foot-national.com. 7 October 2019.
  12. ^ Guingamp's two Championnat de l'Ouest titles were won by the club's reserve team.

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