Guinea national football team

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Guinea
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Syli Nationale
(National Elephants)
Association Fédération Guinéenne de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Lappé Bangoura
Captain Fodé Camara
Most caps Pascal Feindouno (96)
Top scorer Pascal Feindouno (29)[1]
Home stadium Stade du 28 Septembre
FIFA code GUI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 72 Decrease 1 (1 June 2017)
Highest 22 (August 2006, January 2007)
Lowest 123 (May 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 81 (29 March 2017)
Highest 23 (1977)
Lowest 125 (June 1996)
First international
 Togo 2–1 Guinea 
(Togo; 9 May 1962)
Biggest win
 Guinea 14–0 Mauritania 
(Guinea; 20 May 1972)
Biggest defeat
 Zaire 6–0 Guinea 
(Zaire; 2 July 1972)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 11 (first in 1970)
Best result Runners-up, 1976

The Guinea national football team, nicknamed Syli nationale (National Elephants), 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 1976. The team reached the quarter-finals in four recent tournaments (2004, 2006, 2008, 2015).

History[edit]

Guinea made their footballing debut in an away friendly on 9 May 1962, losing 2–1 against Togo.[2] 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.[3]

During the 1976 African Nations Cup the Guinean team finished second to Morocco, only missing out on the championship by a point.[4][5]

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. Momo Sylla was to blame for this.[6] They returned to international action in September 2002 after a two-year ban from competition.[7] 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.[8] Guinea reached the quarter final stage again in the 2006 tournament, taking the lead against Senegal before losing 3–2.[9] 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.[10]

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.[11] The team subsequently exited the tournament at the group stage after a draw against Ghana.[12]

On 4 January 2016, CAF lifted a ban on Guinea playing their home international in Guinea after it was declared free of Ebola by the U.N. World Health Organization in December 2015.[13]

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 1962 – Did not enter
  • 1966 – Withdrew
  • 1970 – Entry not accepted by FIFA
  • 1974 to 2014 – Did 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
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 0 3 1 3 6
Gabon 2017 Did Not Qualify
Cameroon 2019 TBD
Ivory Coast 2021
Guinea 2023 Qualified as host
Total 11/30 0 Titles 39 11 15 13 55 57

Results and fixtures[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Ivory Coast on 10 June 2017.[14]
Caps and goals updated as of 10 June 2017 after the game against Ivory Coast.[15]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Naby Yattara (1984-01-12) 12 January 1984 (age 33) 57 0 France Paulhan-Pézenas
16 1GK Aboubacar Camara (1993-06-01) 1 June 1993 (age 24) 2 0 Spain Torrevieja

5 2DF Fodé Camara (1988-08-17) 17 August 1988 (age 28) 37 0 Morocco Hassania Agadir
3 2DF Issiaga Sylla (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 23) 33 1 France Toulouse
4 2DF Florentin Pogba (captain) (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 26) 20 0 France Saint-Étienne
2 2DF Alsény Bangoura (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 23) 15 0 Guinea Horoya AC
17 2DF Sékou Condé (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 (age 24) 11 0 Russia Amkar Perm
22 2DF Alsény Camara (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 21) 7 0 Guinea Horoya AC

8 3MF Ibrahima Traoré (1988-04-21) 21 April 1988 (age 29) 42 8 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach
9 3MF Sadio Diallo (1990-12-28) 28 December 1990 (age 26) 31 8 France Bastia
11 3MF Kévin Constant (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 30) 27 5 Switzerland Sion
15 3MF Naby Keïta (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 22) 25 3 Germany RB Leipzig
14 3MF Ibrahima Sankhon (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 21) 17 3 Guinea Horoya AC
7 3MF Michel Landel (1990-07-07) 7 July 1990 (age 26) 14 2 Turkey Alanyaspor
12 3MF Alkhaly Bangoura (1996-01-08) 8 January 1996 (age 21) 6 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
6 3MF Ousmane Baldé (1989-12-31) 31 December 1989 (age 27) 3 0 Bulgaria Vereya
13 3MF Simon Feindouno (1985-08-15) 15 August 1985 (age 31) 2 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Arabi

18 4FW Seydouba Soumah (1991-06-11) 11 June 1991 (age 26) 24 7 Slovakia Slovan Bratislava
10 4FW François Kamano (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 (age 21) 17 4 France Bordeaux
20 4FW Demba Camara (1994-11-07) 7 November 1994 (age 22) 9 2 France Paris FC
19 4FW Mathias Pogba (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 26) 5 0 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam
21 4FW José Kanté (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 26) 1 0 Poland Wisła Płock

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Guinea in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Abdul Aziz Keita (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 27) 22 0 Guinea AS Kaloum v.  Cameroon, 28 March 2017
GK Abdoulaye Sylla (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 22) 4 0 Guinea Hafia FC v.  Cameroon, 28 March 2017

DF Baissama Sankoh (1992-03-20) 20 March 1992 (age 25) 15 0 France Guingamp v.  DR Congo, 13 November 2016
DF Ibrahima A. Condé (1998-02-05) 5 February 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Guinea Horoya AC v.  DR Congo, 13 November 2016
DF Bangali Keïta (1993-05-01) 1 May 1993 (age 24) 0 0 Morocco Hassania Agadir v.  DR Congo, 13 November 2016
DF Ibrahima Sory Bangoura (1989-07-25) 25 July 1989 (age 27) 24 0 Guinea Horoya AC v.  Tunisia, 9 October 2016
DF Mamoudou Mara (1990-12-31) 31 December 1990 (age 26) 9 1 France Le Mans v.  Tunisia, 9 October 2016
DF Oumar Diop (1992-11-12) 12 November 1992 (age 24) 5 0 France CS Sedan v.  Egypt, 30 August 2016

MF Boubacar Fofana (1989-11-06) 6 November 1989 (age 27) 17 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq v.  Cameroon, 28 March 2017
MF Mohamed Mara (1996-12-12) 12 December 1996 (age 20) 3 0 France Lorient v.  Cameroon, 28 March 2017
MF Aboubacar Sylla (1983-12-23) 23 December 1983 (age 33) 1 0 Indonesia PS TNI v.  DR Congo, 13 November 2016
MF Ibrahima Soumah (1995-02-22) 22 February 1995 (age 22) 8 0 Guinea AS Kaloum v.  Tunisia, 9 October 2016
MF Ibrahima Conté (1991-04-03) 3 April 1991 (age 26) 37 1 Belgium Oostende v.  Zimbabwe, 4 September 2016
MF Mamadou Bah (1988-04-25) 25 April 1988 (age 29) 33 4 France ASPV v.  Egypt, 30 August 2016

FW Alhassane Keita (1992-04-16) 16 April 1992 (age 25) 2 0 Portugal Marítimo v.  Cameroon, 28 March 2017
FW Lonsana Doumbouya (1990-09-26) 26 September 1990 (age 26) 2 0 Austria St. Pölten v.  Gabon, 24 March 2017
FW Lass Bangoura (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 25) 33 4 Spain Rayo Vallecano v.  DR Congo, 13 November 2016
FW Idrissa Sylla (1990-12-03) 3 December 1990 (age 26) 24 5 England Queens Park Rangers v.  DR Congo, 13 November 2016
FW Ousmane Barry (1991-09-27) 27 September 1991 (age 25) 3 0 Greece Agrotikos Asteras v.  DR Congo, 13 November 2016
FW Mohamed Yattara (1993-07-28) 28 July 1993 (age 23) 24 9 Belgium Standard Liége v.  Tunisia, 9 October 2016
FW Agogo Camara (1995-01-04) 4 January 1995 (age 22) 10 2 Guinea AS Kaloum v.  Zimbabwe, 4 September 2016
FW Abdoul Camara (1990-02-20) 20 February 1990 (age 27) 16 4 France Guingamp v.  Egypt, 30 August 2016
Notes
  • DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary Squad.
  • RET Player has retired from international football.
  • SUS Suspended from the national team.

Coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guinea International Pascal Feindouno On Trial at Wigan". GOAL. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Barrie Courtney. "Guinea – List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2014-05-25. 
  3. ^ "Guinea – List of International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Guinea: Country Info". FIFA. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "African Nations Cup 1976". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Fifa confirm Guinea ban". BBC Sport. 19 March 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Guinea make their return". BBC Sport. 5 September 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Mali squeeze through". BBC Sport. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Guinea 2–3 Senegal". BBC Sport. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Quarter-finals: Civ 5–0 Gui". BBC Sport. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Nations Cup: Guinea crush Botswana". BBC Sport. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Nations Cup: Ghana through after 1–1 draw with Guinea". BBC Sport. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Soccer-Guinea cleared to host matches after being declared Ebola-free". uk.reuters.com/. Reuters. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "Guinée : la liste contre la Côte d’Ivoire et l’Algérie". afrik-foot.com. 
  15. ^ "Guinea". 
  16. ^ 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.

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