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 Paul Put
Captain Naby Keïta
Most caps Pascal Feindouno (93)
Top scorer Pascal Feindouno (30)
Home stadium Stade du 28 Septembre
FIFA code GUI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 65 Increase 2 (20 September 2018)
Highest 22 (August 2006, January 2007)
Lowest 123 (May 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 93 Steady (20 August 2018)
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.[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. Momo Sylla was to blame for this.[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]

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.[12]

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Withdrew Withdrew
Mexico 1970 Did not enter Declined participation
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 6 5
Argentina 1978 7 5 0 2 11 7
Spain 1982 6 2 3 1 6 4
Mexico 1986 2 1 0 1 1 2
Italy 1990 2 1 0 1 3 5
United States 1994 6 2 0 4 8 7
France 1998 8 5 0 3 15 9
South Korea Japan 2002 2 1 1 0 7 4
Germany 2006 12 7 2 3 20 13
South Africa 2010 12 4 2 6 16 19
Brazil 2014 6 3 1 2 12 8
Russia 2018 8 3 0 5 9 14
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 75 35 10 30 114 97

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 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2021
Guinea 2023 Qualified as host
Total 11/31 0 Titles 39 11 15 13 55 57

African Games[edit]

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
Republic of the Congo 1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nigeria 1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Algeria 1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kenya 1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Guinea national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Results and fixtures[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Position Name Notes
Head Coach Belgium Paul Put
Assistant Coach Belgium Thierry Pister
Assistant Coach II Guinea Koivogui Koly
Physical Trainer Belgium De Mayer Fréderic
Goalkeeping Coach Belgium Frix Nicolas Robert
Team Docter Belgium Volcke Pieter Geert
Physiotherapist Belgium Fumière Kristof Charles
Physiotherapist II Belgium Bracke Frederick Raymond
Masseur Belgium Haast Bert
Intendant Guinea Ousmane Decazi Camara
Team Coordinator Guinea Kaba Diawara
Security Officer Guinea Jean Paul Camara
Media Officer Guinea Ibrahima Dbeck Diallo

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier match against Central African Republic on 9 September 2018.[13]
Caps and goals updated as of 9 September 2018, after the game against Mauritania.[14]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Naby Yattara (1984-01-12) 12 January 1984 (age 34) 62 0 Réunion Excelsior
16 1GK Aly Keita (1986-12-08) 8 December 1986 (age 31) 0 0 Sweden Östersund
22 1GK Ibrahim Koné (1989-12-05) 5 December 1989 (age 28) 1 0 France Pau

3 2DF Issiaga Sylla (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 24) 40 1 France Toulouse
4 2DF Ibrahima Conté (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 22) 5 0 France Lorient
5 2DF Ernest Seka (1987-06-22) 22 June 1987 (age 31) 1 0 France Nancy
13 2DF Mohamed Ali Camara (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Israel Hapoel Ra'anana
14 2DF Ousmane Sidibé (1985-04-23) 23 April 1985 (age 33) 4 0 France Béziers
20 2DF Baissama Sankoh (1992-03-20) 20 March 1992 (age 26) 16 0 France Caen
2DF Sékou Condé (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 (age 25) 12 0 Russia Amkar Perm
2DF Pa Konate (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 24) 0 0 United States Cincinnati

7 3MF Mady Camara (1997-02-28) 28 February 1997 (age 21) 1 0 Greece Olympiacos
8 3MF Ibrahima Cissé (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 24) 0 0 England Fulham
15 3MF Naby Keïta (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 23) 30 5 England Liverpool
17 3MF Boubacar Fofana (1989-11-06) 6 November 1989 (age 28) 18 0 Romania Gaz Metan
3MF Alkhaly Bangoura (1996-01-08) 8 January 1996 (age 22) 10 1 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
3MF Paye Camara (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 (age 22) 1 0 Guinea Horoya

19 4FW Lass Bangoura (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 26) 34 4 Spain Almería
2 4FW Mohamed Yattara (1993-07-28) 28 July 1993 (age 25) 28 9 France Auxerre
9 4FW José Kanté (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 27) 4 0 Poland Legia Warszawa
10 4FW François Kamano (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 (age 22) 22 4 France Bordeaux
11 4FW Idrissa Sylla (1990-12-03) 3 December 1990 (age 27) 26 5 England Queens Park Rangers
18 4FW Seydouba Soumah (1991-06-11) 11 June 1991 (age 27) 27 8 Serbia Partizan
4FW Sory Kaba (1995-04-10) 10 April 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Spain Elche

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 Abdoulaye Sylla (1995-02-02) 2 February 1995 (age 23) 5 0 Guinea Hafia v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
GK Moussa Traoré (1995-08-05) 5 August 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Spain CD Mirandés v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
GK Abdul Aziz Keita (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 28) 23 0 Zambia Buildcon v.  Tunisia, 7 October 2017
GK Aboubacar Camara (1993-06-01) 1 June 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Spain CD Huétor Tájar v.  Libya, September 2017

DF Florentin Pogba (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 28) 21 0 Turkey Gençlerbirliği v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
DF Losseni Keita (1984-04-01) 1 April 1984 (age 34) 0 0 Luxembourg Wiltz v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
DF Alsény Bangoura (1993-10-01) 1 October 1993 (age 24) 24 0 Guinea Horoya v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
DF Alsény Camara (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 22) 7 0 Guinea Horoya v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
DF Ibrahima Aminata Condé (1998-02-05) 5 February 1998 (age 20) 7 0 Guinea Horoya v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
DF Fousseni Bamba (1990-04-19) 19 April 1990 (age 28) 2 0 Ukraine Chornomorets Odesa v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
DF Lamin Diallo (1991-08-31) 31 August 1991 (age 27) 0 0 Bosnia and Herzegovina Mladost Doboj v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017

MF Sadio Diallo (1990-12-28) 28 December 1990 (age 27) 36 8 Turkey Hatayspor v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
MF Kévin Constant (1987-05-15) 15 May 1987 (age 31) 28 5 Switzerland Sion v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
MF Ibrahima Sory Sankhon (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 22) 27 6 Guinea Horoya v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
MF Ibrahima Traoré (1988-04-21) 21 April 1988 (age 30) 42 8 Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
MF Guy Landel (1990-07-07) 7 July 1990 (age 28) 16 2 Turkey Alanyaspor v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
MF Ousmane Baldé (1989-12-31) 31 December 1989 (age 28) 7 0 Bulgaria Vereya v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
MF Joël Lamah (1987-04-04) 4 April 1987 (age 31) 3 0 Egypt Petrojet v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
MF Ibrahima Conté (1991-04-03) 3 April 1991 (age 27) 41 2 Belgium Oostende v.  Tunisia, 7 October 2017
MF Simon Feindouno (1985-08-15) 15 August 1985 (age 33) 2 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Arabi v.  Libya, September 2017
MF Moustapha Kouyaté (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Gabon Akanda v.  Libya, September 2017

FW Bengali-Fodé Koita (1990-10-21) 21 October 1990 (age 27) 0 0 Turkey Kasımpaşa v.  Mauritania, 24 March 2018
FW Karamokoba Keita (1994-04-15) 15 April 1994 (age 24) 1 1 Israel Beitar Tel Aviv v.  DR Congo, 11 November 2017
FW Demba Camara (1994-11-07) 7 November 1994 (age 23) 12 3 Cyprus Anorthosis Famagusta v.  Tunisia, 7 October 2017
FW Mohamed Mara (1996-12-12) 12 December 1996 (age 21) 3 0 France Lorient v.  Tunisia, 7 October 2017
FW Lonsana Doumbouya (1990-09-26) 26 September 1990 (age 27) 2 0 Thailand PT Prachuap v.  Libya, September 2017

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.

Records[edit]

As of 9 September 2018
Players in bold text are still active with Guinea.

Coaches[edit]

Team honours[edit]

Last updated 14 August 2017

Continental tournaments[edit]

Runners-up (1): Silver medal africa.svg 1976

Other Tournaments and Cups[edit]

Amilcar Cabral Cup
Champions (5): 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 2005
Runners-up (1): 1989

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. ^ "Soccer-Guinea cleared to host matches after being declared Ebola-free". uk.reuters.com/. Reuters. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Guinée: Paul Put annonce son staff et sa première liste" (in French). afrik-foot.com. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018. 
  14. ^ "Guinea Team 2018". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams. 
  15. ^ "Pascal Feindouno, le Zidane noir pour Piquionne". Guineefoot. Retrieved 12 February 2018. 
  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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