En Avant de Guingamp

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En Avant de Guingamp Côtes-d'Armor (Breton: War-raok Gwengamp, English: Forward Guingamp), commonly referred to as EA Guingamp, EAG, or simply Guingamp (French: [ɡɛ̃ɡɑ̃]), is a Breton association football club in the commune of Guingamp. The club was founded in 1912 and play in Ligue 2, the second tier of French football. The club has appeared in the Ligue 1, the top flight of French football, for several seasons, and is known for its relative success given Guingamp's small population of only 7,000 people.

EA Guingamp
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Full nameEn Avant de Guingamp Côtes-d'Armor
Nickname(s)Les Guingampais
Les Costarmoricains (The Costamoricans)
Les Rouge et Noir (The Red and Blacks)
Founded1912; 108 years ago (1912)
GroundStade de Roudourou
PresidentBertrand Desplat
Head coachSylvain Didot
LeagueLigue 2
2019–20Ligue 2, 8th
WebsiteClub website
Current season


Having been an amateur club for a long time, playing in the regional leagues, the club got promoted three times under the presidency of Noël Le Graët, who took over in 1972. In 1976, Guingamp reached the Third Division (now called Championnat National), and the next season they were promoted to the Second Division (now called Ligue 2), where they stayed until 1993. The club became fully professional in 1984, and in 1990 the Stade de Roudourou was opened, with Guingamp hosting Paris Saint-Germain in the inaugural match.

The club's first major honour was winning the Coupe de France in 2009, the second team in history not from Ligue 1 to win the competition.[1] The team defeated Breton rivals Rennes 2–1 in the final. Also, in 2014, En Avant de Guingamp beat Stade Rennais F.C. 2–0 at the Stade de France. Aside from two years of Coupe de France triumph, the club's only other major feat was winning the 1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup.

The club has played in the French top flight before, having gained promotion only three times: 1995, 2000 and 2013. Their longest stay in the top flight was between 2013 and 2019. Following the 2012–13 season, the club was relegated back to Ligue 2 at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season finishing in 20th place.

Aside from winning the Coupe de France, Guingamp is known for having served as a springboard for prominent players such as Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Fabrice Abriel, and Vincent Candela. Managers such as Guy Lacombe, Francis Smerecki, and Erick Mombaerts also used the club as springboards during the infancy of their coaching careers. Guingamp is presided over by Bertrand Desplat. The former president, Noël Le Graët, is president of the French Football Federation. The club has a women's team who play in the Division 1 Féminine, and a reserve team in the CFA2.

In the 2018–19 season, Guingamp reached the Coupe de la ligue final against RC Strasbourg. Guingamp lost the final losing 4–1 on penalties after the match ended goalless during 120 minutes of play.[2]

On 12 May 2019, Guingamp were relegated to Ligue 2 ending a six-year stay in the top division after drawing 1–1 with rivals Stade Rennais F.C..[3]


  • 1912: Foundation of the club.
  • 1922: First match at Stade de Montbareil.
  • 1929: First promotion to the Division d'Honneur.
  • 1949: Second promotion to the Division d'Honneur.
  • 1974: Third promotion to the Division d'Honneur.
  • 1976: First promotion to Division 3.
  • 1977: First promotion to Division 2.
  • 1984: Adoption of professional status.
  • 1990: First match at Stade de Roudourou.
  • 1994: Second promotion to Ligue 2.
  • 1995: First promotion to Ligue 1.
  • 1996: Winner of the Intertoto Cup and first appearance in Europe.
  • 1997: Runner-up of the Coupe de France.
  • 2000: Second promotion to Ligue 1.
  • 2004: Relegation from Ligue 1.
  • 2009: Winner of the Coupe de France and second appearance in Europe.
  • 2010: Relegation from Ligue 2.
  • 2011: Promotion to Ligue 2.
  • 2013: Promotion to Ligue 1.
  • 2014: Winner of the Coupe de France and third appearance in the UEFA Europa League.
  • 2019: Finished runner up in the Coupe de la ligue final.
  • 2019: Relegated to Ligue 2.

League timelineEdit


Guingamp plays its home matches at the Stade de Roudourou in the city. It is unusual for a commune of 7,280 inhabitants to have a professional football club, let alone one that plays in the first tier. Also the stadium has a capacity of 18,000 spectators, roughly 2.5 times the commune's population.


Current squadEdit

First teamEdit

As of 15 February 2020.[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Théo Guivarch
3   DF Morgan Poaty
4   DF Yohan Baret
5   DF Lloyd Palun
6   MF Lebogang Phiri
7   MF El Hadji Ba
8   MF Pierrick Valdivia (captain)
9   FW Frantzdy Pierrot
10   MF Youssouf M'Changama
11   MF Louis Carnot
12   FW Yeni Ngbakoto
13   FW Yannick Gomis
15   DF Jérémy Sorbon
No. Position Player
16   GK Marc-Aurèle Caillard
19   MF Mehdi Merghem
20   DF Félix Eboa Eboa
22   MF Bryan Pelé
23   FW Ronny Rodelin
24   DF Gaëtan Bussmann
27   DF Sikou Niakaté
28   DF Jérémy Mellot
29   DF Christophe Kerbrat
30   GK Dominique Youfeigane
35   DF Steven Ako
36   FW Ali Gueddar

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  DF Yohan Bilingi (on loan to Bastia-Borgo)
  DF Pedro Rebocho (on loan to Beşiktaş)
  MF Mehdi Boudjemaa (on loan to Quevilly-Rouen)
No. Position Player
  MF Guessouma Fofana (on loan to Le Mans)
  FW Jérémy Livolant (on loan to Sochaux)
  FW Matthias Phaeton (on loan to Bastia-Borgo)

Reserve teamEdit

As of 15 February 2020.[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Hugo Barbet
  GK Patrick Trindade
  DF Lamine Buhanga
  DF Lucas Maronnier
  DF Bryan Ngwabije
  DF Ismaek Petchy
  DF Ilan Radenac
  MF Momar Gadji
  MF Jules Gaudin
  MF Ryad Hachem
No. Position Player
  MF Bryan Labissiere
  MF Jordan Leborgne
  MF Théo Le Normand
  MF Oktay Ozduru
  MF Baptiste Roux
  FW Souleymane Anne
  FW Isaac Drogba
  FW Daniel Simpore
  FW Ervin Taha
  FW Axel Urie

Notable playersEdit

Below are the notable former players who have represented Guingamp in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1912. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 80 official matches for the club.[6]

For a complete list of Guingamp players, see Category:En Avant de Guingamp players

European recordEdit

Season Competition Round Club 1st leg 2nd leg Aggregate
1996 UEFA Intertoto Cup Group 12   FK Zemun 1–0 1st  
  FF Jaro 0–0
  Dinamo Bucharest 2–1
  Kolkheti Poti 3–1
SF   KAMAZ 0–2 4–0(aet) 4–2  
Finals   Rotor Volgograd 1–2 1–0 2–21  
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1R   Internazionale 0–3 1–1 1–4  
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 3R   1. FC Brno 2–1 2–4(aet) 4–5  
2009–10 UEFA Europa League PO   Hamburg 1–5 1–3 2–8  
2014–15 UEFA Europa League Group K   Fiorentina 0–3 1–2 2nd  
  PAOK 2–0 2–1
  Dinamo Minsk 0–0 2–0
R32   Dynamo Kyiv 2–1 1–3 3–4  

1 Guingamp won the Final on away goals.

  • 1R: First round
  • 3R: Third round
  • PO: Play-off round
  • SF: Semi-finals


Club hierarchyEdit

As of 27 May 2016
Position Name
President Bertrand Desplat
Vice-President Frédéric Legrand
Association President Jean-Paul Briand
Manager Jocelyn Gourvennec

Managerial historyEdit





  1. ^ "Ligue 2 side Guingamp stun Rennes in French Cup". The Guardian. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  2. ^ "COUPE DE LA LIGUE FINAL REACTIONS". Ligue1.com. Archived from the original on 1 April 2019. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  3. ^ "GUINGAMP RELEGATED AFTER DERBY DRAW". Ligue1.com. Archived from the original on 13 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  4. ^ "L'effectif 2019-2020". Eaguingamp.com. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  5. ^ "National 2" (in French). En Avant de Guingamp.
  6. ^ "En Avant de Guingamp". Eaguingamp.com.
  7. ^ "Communiqué Officiel Commun EAG / Jocelyn Gourvennec". Eaguingamp.com (in French). 22 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
  8. ^ "EA Guingamp. Patrice Lair officiellement nommé entraîneur". Ouest-France.fr. 29 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Guingamp : Patrice Lair va partir" (in French). foot-national.com. 23 September 2019.
  10. ^ "EA Guingamp. Après le licenciement de Patrice Lair, Sylvain Didot pour au moins deux matches ?" (in French). Ouest France. 24 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Guingamp : Le nouvel entraîneur officialisé, le communiqué du club" (in French). foot-national.com. 7 October 2019.
  12. ^ Guingamp's two Championnat de l'Ouest titles were won by the club's reserve team.

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