Guinea national football team
|Association||Fédération Guinéenne de Football|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Head coach||Luis Fernández|
|Most caps||Pascal Feindouno (67)|
|Top scorer||Pascal Feindouno (25)|
|Home stadium||Stade du 28 Septembre|
|Current||53 2 (5 November 2015)|
|Highest||22 (August 2006)|
|Lowest||123 (May 2003)|
|Current||65 (31 March 2015)|
|Lowest||125 (June 1996)|
| Togo 2–1 Guinea
(Togo; 9 May 1962)
| Guinea 14–0 Mauritania
(Guinea; 20 May 1972)
| Zaire 6–0 Guinea
(Zaire; 2 July 1972)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||11 (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).
Guinea made their footballing debut in an away friendly on 9 May 1962, losing 2–1 against Togo. 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.
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. They returned to international action in September 2002 after a two-year ban from competition. 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. Guinea reached the quarter final stage again in the 2006 tournament, taking the lead against Senegal before losing 3–2. 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.
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. The team subsequently exited the tournament at the group stage after a draw against Ghana.
- Amilcar Cabral Cup :
- 5 Times Champion (1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 2005)
- 1 Time Runners-up
World Cup record
- 1930 to 1962 – Did not enter
- 1966 – Withdrew
- 1970 – Entry not accepted by FIFA
- 1974 to 1998 – Did not qualify
- 2002 – Disqualified by FIFA during qualifying
- 2006 to 2014 – Did not qualify
Africa Cup of Nations
|Africa Cup of Nations Record|
|1965||Did Not Qualify|
|1972||Did Not Qualify|
|1978||Did Not Qualify|
|1982||Did Not Qualify|
|1996||Did Not Qualify|
|2000||Did Not Qualify|
|2010||Did Not Qualify|
|2013||Did Not Qualify|
|2023||Qualified as host|
|1989 Peace and Friendship Cup||Group Stage|
Results and fixtures
The following matches were played or are scheduled to be played by the national team in the current or upcoming seasons.
|13 January 2015 Friendly||Guinea||2–5||Senegal||Casablanca, Morocco|
|15:30 UTC+0||Constant 75' (pen.)
|Report||N'Doye 30', 45'
Moussa Konaté 81'
|Stadium: Stade Larbi Benbarek
|20 January 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group Stage||Ivory Coast||1–1||Guinea||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea|
|16:00 UTC+0||Doumbia 72'||Report||M. Yattara 36'||Stadium: Nuevo Estadio de Malabo
Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria)
|24 January 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group Stage||Cameroon||1–1||Guinea||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea|
|19:00 UTC+0||Moukandjo 13'||Report||Traoré 42'||Stadium: Nuevo Estadio de Malabo
Referee: Tessema Bamlak (Ethiopia)
|28 January 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group Stage||Guinea||1–1||Mali||Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea|
|18:00 UTC+0||Constant 15' (pen.)||Report||Maïga 47'||Stadium: Estadio de Mongomo
Referee: Mohamed Said Kordi (Tunisia)
|1 February 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Quarter-final||Ghana||3–0||Guinea||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea|
|16:00 UTC+0||Atsu 4', 61'
|Report||Stadium: Nuevo Estadio de Malabo
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Algeria on 9 October and Morocco on 12 October 2015.
Caps and goals updated as 6 September 2015 after the match against Zimbabwe.
The following players have been called up for Guinea within the past 12 months.
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up
- Petre Moldoveanu (1976–1977)
- Serge Devèze (1992–1993)
- Boro Primorac (1994)
- Mykhaylo Fomenko (1994)
- Volodymyr Muntyan (1995–1998)
- Henri Stambouli (1998–99)
- Bruno Metsu (2000)
- Bernard Simondi (2000–01)
- Michel Dussuyer (2002–2004)
- Patrice Neveu (2004–06)
- Robert Nouzaret (2006–09)
- Titi Camara (2009)
- Mamadi Souaré (2009–10)
- Michel Dussuyer (2010–13)
- Michel Dussuyer (2014–15)
- Luis Fernández (2015–)
- Barrie Courtney. "Guinea - List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2014-05-25.
- "Guinea - List of International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- "Guinea: Country Info". FIFA. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- "African Nations Cup 1976". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- "Fifa confirm Guinea ban". BBC Sport. 19 March 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Guinea make their return". BBC Sport. 5 September 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Mali squeeze through". BBC Sport. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Guinea 2-3 Senegal". BBC Sport. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Quarter-finals: Civ 5-0 Gui". BBC Sport. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Nations Cup: Guinea crush Botswana". BBC Sport. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Nations Cup: Ghana through after 1-1 draw with Guinea". BBC Sport. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "La sélection de la Guinée en amical contre l’Algérie et le Maroc". africatopsports.com. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
- Petre Moldoveanu who won the CAF Champions League in 1975 with Hafia Football Club was appointed manager of Guinea and led his side to the 1976 African Cup of Nations finals.