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 coachDidier Six
CaptainNaby Keïta
Most capsPascal Feindouno (85)
Top scorerIbrahima Kandia Diallo (33)
Home stadiumStade du 28 Septembre
FIFA codeGUI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 73 Steady (10 December 2020)[1]
Highest22 (August 2006, January 2007)
Lowest123 (May 2003)
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 (French: Équipe nationale de football du Guinée) represents Guinea in men's international football and it is controlled by the Guinean Football Federation. They have never qualified for the FIFA 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), The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

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.[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]

Competitive record[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 Disqualified 2 1 1 0 7 4
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 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
Sudan 1957 Part of  France
Egypt 1959 Not affiliated to CAF
Ethiopia 1962
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 9th 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
Egypt 2019 Round of 16 16th 4 1 1 2 4 6
Cameroon 2021 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2023
Guinea 2025 Qualified as host
Total Runners-up 12/32 43 12 16 15 59 63

African Nations Championship record[edit]

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Ivory Coast 2009 Did not qualify
Sudan 2011
South Africa 2014
Rwanda 2016 Fourth place 4th 6 1 4 1 7 7
Morocco 2018 Group stage 10th 3 1 0 2 3 5
Cameroon 2020 To be determined
Algeria 2022
Total Fourth place 2/5 9 2 4 3 10 12

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]

The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

2019[edit]

17 November 2019 2021 AFCONQ Guinea  2–0  Namibia Conakry, Guinea
16:00 UTC±0
Stadium: Stade du 28 Septembre

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach France Didier Six
Assistant Coach Guinea Aly Touré [15]
Assistant Coach II Guinea Mandjou Diallo [16]
Team Coordinator Guinea Ousmane Decazi Camara [17]
Technical Director Guinea Sadio Nansoko
Physiotherapist Guinea Ousmane Bah
Physiotherapist II Guinea Alsény Sylla
Media Officer Guinea Ibrahima Dbeck Diallo
Security Officer Guinea Jean Paul Camara
Goalkeeping Coach Guinea Kémoko Camara
Intendant Guinea Edgar Babara Sylla
Team Docter Guinea Tasfir Soumah
Team Docter II France Bruno Dacruz
Physical Trainer France Eric Cavallero

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Chad on 10 October 2020.

Caps and goals as of 17 November 2020, after the game against Chad.[18]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Aly Keita (1986-12-08) 8 December 1986 (age 34) 12 0 Sweden Östersund
16 1GK Moussa Camara (1998-11-27) 27 November 1998 (age 22) 7 0 Guinea Horoya
22 1GK Ibrahim Koné (1998-11-27) 27 November 1998 (age 22) 5 0 Malta Żejtun Corinthians

2 2DF Saïdou Sow (2002-07-04) 4 July 2002 (age 18) 1 0 France Saint-Étienne
3 2DF Issiaga Sylla (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 27) 55 2 France Lens
4 2DF Abou Mangué Camara (1996-04-30) 30 April 1996 (age 24) 2 0 Guinea Horoya
5 2DF Florentin Pogba (1990-08-19) 19 August 1990 (age 30) 25 0 France Sochaux
6 2DF Simon Falette (1992-02-19) 19 February 1992 (age 28) 15 0 Germany Hannover 96
14 2DF Ousmane Kanté (1989-09-21) 21 September 1989 (age 31) 4 0 France Paris FC
17 2DF Sékou Condé (1993-06-09) 9 June 1993 (age 27) 16 1 Free agent
18 2DF Mamadou Kane (1997-01-22) 22 January 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Azerbaijan Neftçi
20 2DF Baïssama Sankoh (1992-03-20) 20 March 1992 (age 28) 23 0 Cyprus Nea Salamina

7 3MF Morlaye Sylla (1998-07-27) 27 July 1998 (age 22) 2 1 Guinea Horoya
8 3MF Naby Keïta (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 25) 39 8 England Liverpool
13 3MF Ibrahima Mousté (1994-01-02) 2 January 1994 (age 27) 1 0 Guinea Hafia
15 3MF Mady Camara (1997-02-28) 28 February 1997 (age 23) 16 1 Greece Olympiacos
23 3MF Kamso Mara (1994-12-24) 24 December 1994 (age 26) 7 0 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec
3MF Ibrahima Camará (1999-01-25) 25 January 1999 (age 21) 2 1 Portugal Moreirense

9 4FW Demba Camara (1994-11-07) 7 November 1994 (age 26) 18 3 Malaysia Petaling Jaya City
10 4FW François Kamano (1996-05-02) 2 May 1996 (age 24) 36 6 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
11 4FW Daouda Camara (1997-08-20) 20 August 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Guinea Horoya
12 4FW Moussa Diawara (1994-10-15) 15 October 1994 (age 26) 3 0 Egypt National Bank of Egypt
19 4FW Yady Bangoura (1996-06-30) 30 June 1996 (age 24) 2 1 Belgium RWDM47
21 4FW Boniface Haba (1996-09-30) 30 September 1996 (age 24) 3 0 Guinea Horoya

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Guinea in the last 12 months.[19]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sékouba Camara (1997-01-22) 22 January 1997 (age 23) 1 0 Guinea Kaloum Star v.  Namibia, 17 November 2019
GK Mohamed Camara (2000-03-16) 16 March 2000 (age 20) 0 0 Unknown v.  Cape Verde, 10 October 2020

DF Sory Sankhon (1996-01-01) 1 January 1996 (age 25) 27 6 Belgium Sint-Truiden v.  Namibia, 17 November 2019
DF Pa Konate (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 26) 1 0 Norway Rosenborg v.  Namibia, 17 November 2019
DF Mikael Dyrestam (1991-12-10) 10 December 1991 (age 29) 8 0 Norway Sarpsborg v.  Cape Verde, 10 October 2020
DF Julian Jeanvier (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992 (age 28) 6 0 Turkey Kasımpaşa v.  Cape Verde, 10 October 2020
DF Mohamed Ali Camara (1997-08-28) 28 August 1997 (age 23) 3 0 Switzerland Young Boys v.  Cape Verde, 10 October 2020

MF Sadio Diallo (1990-12-28) 28 December 1990 (age 30) 37 8 Turkey Gençlerbirliği v.  Namibia, 17 November 2019
MF Ibrahima Conté (1991-04-03) 3 April 1991 (age 29) 44 3 Bulgaria Beroe Stara Zagora v.  Cape Verde, 10 October 2020
MF Amadou Diawara (1997-07-17) 17 July 1997 (age 23) 11 0 Italy Roma v.  Cape Verde, 10 October 2020

FW Mohamed Yattara (1993-07-28) 28 July 1993 (age 27) 38 12 China Sichuan Jiuniu v.  Namibia, 17 November 2019
FW Seydouba Soumah (1991-06-11) 11 June 1991 (age 29) 32 8 Serbia Partizan v.  Cape Verde, 10 October 2020
FW José Kanté (1990-09-27) 27 September 1990 (age 30) 13 2 Poland Legia Warsaw v.  Cape Verde, 10 October 2020
FW Sory Kaba (1995-04-10) 10 April 1995 (age 25) 14 3 Denmark Midtjylland v.  Cape Verde, 10 October 2020
FW Ibrahima Bah (1999-01-01) 1 January 1999 (age 22) 1 0 Belgium Saint-Gilloise v.  Cape Verde, 10 October 2020
FW Momo Yansane (1997-07-29) 29 July 1997 (age 23) 0 0 Mali Black Stars v.  Cape Verde, 10 October 2020

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.
WD Player withdrew from the squad for non-injury related reasons.

Records[edit]

As of 17 November 2019[20]
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. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 10 December 2020.
  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. ^ https://guineefoot.info/syli-premiere-reaction-daly-toure-nouveau-team-manager/
  16. ^ https://guineefoot.info/syli-kaba-diawa-mandjou-diallo-et-kemoko-font-leur-entree-dans-le-staff/
  17. ^ https://guineefoot.info/nouveau-staff-du-syli-2-membres-contestes-par-le-ministere/
  18. ^ "Guinea Team 2019". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams.
  19. ^ "Elim.CHAN 2020 : les 28 joueurs présélectionnés par Lappé Bangoura" (in French). Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  20. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Appearances for Guinea National Team". RSSSF.
  21. ^ 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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