Guinea national football team

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Guinea
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Syli Nationale
(National Elephants)
AssociationGuinean Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachPaul Put
CaptainNaby Keïta
Most capsPascal Feindouno (93)
Top scorerPascal Feindouno (30)
Home stadiumStade du 28 Septembre
FIFA codeGUI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 68 Steady (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest22 (August 2006, January 2007)
Lowest123 (May 2003)
Elo ranking
Current 90 Increase 6 (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest23 (1977)
Lowest125 (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
Appearances12 (first in 1970)
Best resultRunners-up, 1976

The Guinea national football team, nicknamed Syli nationale (National Elephants), is the national team of Guinea and is controlled by the Guinean Football Federation. 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.[3] 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 the qualifiers for the 1965 African 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.[4]

During the 1976 African Cup of Nations the Guinean team finished second to Morocco, only missing out on the championship by a point.[5][6]

In 2001, FIFA expelled the country from the qualification process of the 2002 World Cup and 2002 African Cup of Nations due to government interference in football. Momo Sylla was to blame for this.[7] They returned to international action in September 2002 after a two-year ban from competition.[8] 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.[9] Guinea reached the quarter-final stage again in the 2006 tournament, taking the lead against Senegal before losing 3–2.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] The team subsequently exited the tournament at the group stage after a draw against Ghana.[13]

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.[14]

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
Egypt2019 Qualified
Cameroon 2021 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2023
Total 12/31 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]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

19 June 2019 FriendlyBenin v Guinea

Personnel[edit]

Position Name Notes
Head Coach Belgium Paul Put
Technical Director Guinea Sadio Nansoko
Assistant Coach Belgium Thierry Pister
Assistant Coach II Guinea Fabert Camara
Assistant Coach III Guinea Koivogui Koly
Physical Trainer Belgium De Mayer Fréderic
Goalkeeping Coach Belgium Frix Nicolas Robert
Team Doctor 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 24 March 2019.[15]
Caps and goals updated as of 24 March 2019, after the game against Central African Republic.[16]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Naby Yattara (1984-01-12) 12 January 1984 (age 35) 60 0 Réunion Excelsior
16 1GK Aly Keita (1986-12-08) 8 December 1986 (age 32) 4 0 Sweden Östersund
1GK Steeve Elana (1980-07-11) 11 July 1980 (age 38) 0 0 France Tours

2 2DF Simon Falette (1992-02-19) 19 February 1992 (age 27) 1 0 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt
3 2DF Issiaga Sylla (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 25) 43 1 France Toulouse
4 2DF Ousmane Sidibé (1985-04-23) 23 April 1985 (age 34) 6 0 France Béziers
5 2DF Ernest Seka (1987-06-22) 22 June 1987 (age 31) 5 0 France Nancy
12 2DF Ousmane Kanté (1989-09-21) 21 September 1989 (age 29) 0 0 France Paris
13 2DF Mohamed Aly Camara (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 21) 2 0 Switzerland Young Boys
14 2DF Sékou Condé (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 (age 25) 12 0 France Chateauroux
20 2DF Baissama Sankoh (1992-03-20) 20 March 1992 (age 27) 18 0 France Caen
23 2DF Fodé Camara (1988-08-17) 17 August 1988 (age 30) 39 0 France Ajaccio

6 3MF Paye Camara (1995-12-20) 20 December 1995 (age 23) 2 0 Guinea Horoya
7 3MF Mady Camara (1997-02-28) 28 February 1997 (age 22) 5 0 Greece Olympiacos
15 3MF Guy Landel (1990-07-03) 3 July 1990 (age 28) 16 2 Turkey Giresunspor
17 3MF Boubacar Fofana (1989-11-06) 6 November 1989 (age 29) 19 0 Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș
19 3MF Boniface Haba (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 22) 6 0 Guinea Horoya

8 4FW Hadji Barry (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 26) 2 0 Israel Ironi Kiryat Shmona
9 4FW Demba Camara (1996-11-07) 7 November 1996 (age 22) 12 3 France Red Star
10 4FW François Kamano (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 (age 23) 26 5 France Bordeaux
11 4FW Idrissa Sylla (1990-12-03) 3 December 1990 (age 28) 26 5 England Queens Park Rangers
21 4FW Sory Kaba (1995-04-10) 10 April 1995 (age 24) 5 0 Spain Elche
4FW José Kanté (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 28) 6 1 Spain Gimnàstic

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 Ibrahim Koné (1989-12-05) 5 December 1989 (age 29) 1 0 France Pau v.  Ivory Coast, 18 November 2018

DF Ibrahima Conté INJ (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 23) 8 0 France Chamois Niortais v.  Ivory Coast, 18 November 2018
DF Pa Konate (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 25) 0 0 Italy SPAL v.  Central African Republic, 9 September 2018

MF Sadio Diallo (1990-12-28) 28 December 1990 (age 28) 36 8 Turkey Hatayspor v.  Central African Republic, 24 March 2019 INJ
MF Sory Sankhon (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 23) 27 6 Belgium Sint-Truidense v.  Central African Republic, 24 March 2019 DEC
MF Amadou Diawara (1997-07-17) 17 July 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Italy Napoli v.  Central African Republic, 24 March 2019 INJ
MF Naby Keïta (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 24) 32 5 England Liverpool v.  Central African Republic, 24 March 2019 INJ
MF Ibrahima Traoré (1988-04-21) 21 April 1988 (age 31) 44 8 Germany Mönchengladbach v.  Ivory Coast, 18 November 2018 INJ
MF Alkhaly Bangoura (1996-01-08) 8 January 1996 (age 23) 10 1 Estonia Flora v.  Ivory Coast, 18 November 2018
MF Ibrahima Cissé (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 25) 2 1 England Fulham v.  Ivory Coast, 18 November 2018

FW Mohamed Yattara (1993-07-28) 28 July 1993 (age 25) 29 10 France Auxerre v.  Central African Republic, 24 March 2019 INJ
FW Karamoko Cissé (1988-11-14) 14 November 1988 (age 30) 19 3 Italy Carpi v.  Central African Republic, 24 March 2019 DEC
FW Lass Bangoura (1992-03-30) 30 March 1992 (age 27) 35 4 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps v.  Ivory Coast, 18 November 2018
FW Seydouba Soumah (1991-06-11) 11 June 1991 (age 27) 29 8 Israel Maccabi Haifa v.  Rwanda, October 2018

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 11 April 2019
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. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ Barrie Courtney. "Guinea – List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Guinea – List of International Matches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Guinea: Country Info". FIFA. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  6. ^ "African Nations Cup 1976". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Fifa confirm Guinea ban". BBC Sport. 19 March 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Guinea make their return". BBC Sport. 5 September 2002. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  9. ^ "Mali squeeze through". BBC Sport. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Guinea 2–3 Senegal". BBC Sport. 3 February 2006. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Quarter-finals: Civ 5–0 Gui". BBC Sport. 4 February 2008. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Nations Cup: Guinea crush Botswana". BBC Sport. 28 January 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Nations Cup: Ghana through after 1–1 draw with Guinea". BBC Sport. 1 February 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
  14. ^ "Soccer-Guinea cleared to host matches after being declared Ebola-free". uk.reuters.com/. Reuters. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Syli National : les 23 de Paul Put pour affronter la Centrafrique" (in French). foot224.co. 14 March 2019. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Guinea Team 2019". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams.
  17. ^ "Pascal Feindouno, le Zidane noir pour Piquionne". Guineefoot. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  18. ^ 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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