En Avant Guingamp

En Avant Guingamp (Breton: War-raok Gwengamp, English: Forward Guingamp), commonly referred to as EA Guingamp, EAG, or simply Guingamp (French: [ɡɛ̃ɡɑ̃]), is a professional football club based in the commune of Guingamp in France's Brittany region. 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 13 seasons, and is known for its relative success given Guingamp's small population of only 7,000 people.

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Full nameEn Avant Guingamp
Nickname(s)Les Guingampais
Les Costarmoricains (The Costamoricans)
Les Rouge et Noir (The Red and Blacks)
Founded1912; 109 years ago (1912)
GroundStade de Roudourou
PresidentFrédéric Legrand
Head coachStéphane Dumont
LeagueLigue 2
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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


Current squadEdit

First teamEdit

As of 6 September 2021.[4]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   FRA Hugo Barbet
2 MF   FRA Baptiste Roux
3 DF   FRA Yohan Bilingi
4 DF   BRA Philipe Sampaio
6 MF   FRA Tristan Muyumba
7 MF   FRA El Hadji Ba
8 FW   GLP Matthias Phaeton
9 FW   HAI Frantzdy Pierrot
10 MF   COM Youssouf M'Changama (captain)
11 MF   FRA Louis Carnot
13 FW   SEN Yannick Gomis
15 FW   FRA Charles Abi (on loan from St-Étienne)
16 GK   FRA Enzo Basilio
18 MF   MLI Souleymane Diarra
19 DF   CMR Félix Eboa Eboa
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 MF   FRA Mehdi Merghem
22 DF   BEL Logan Ndenbe
23 DF   MAD Jérôme Mombris
24 DF   FRA Pierre Lemonnier
27 DF   COD Maxime Sivis
28 MF   FRA Maxime Barthelmé
29 MF   FRA Jérémy Livolant
30 GK   FRA Dominique Youfeigane
DF   FRA Hady Camara
FW   FRA Théo Le Normand
DF   FRA Mathis Riou
FW   FRA Yoann Cathline
FW   FRA Ervin Taha
MF   FRA Jules Gaudin

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   MLI Sikou Niakaté (on loan to Metz)

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. Pos. Nation Player
GK   FRA Hugo Barbet
DF   FRA Lamine Buhanga
DF   FRA Lucas Maronnier
DF   FRA Bryan Ngwabije
DF   FRA Ismaek Petchy
DF   FRA Ilan Radenac
MF   FRA Momar Gadji
MF   FRA Jules Gaudin
MF   FRA Ryad Hachem
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   HAI Bryan Labissiere
MF   FRA Théo Le Normand
MF   FRA Oktay Ozduru
MF   FRA Baptiste Roux
FW   MTN Souleymane Anne
FW   FRA Isaac Drogba
FW   FRA Daniel Simpore
FW   FRA Ervin Taha
FW   FRA 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 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 24 September 2019
Position Name
President Bertrand Desplat
Vice-President Frédéric Legrand
Association President Jean-Paul Briand
Manager Mehmed Baždarević

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 2021–2022". Eaguingamp.com. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  5. ^ "National 2" (in French). En Avant 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. ^ "En Avant Guingamp. Mécha Bazdarevic entraîneur jusqu'en 2022". Ouest-France (in French). 30 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Ligue 2 : Mecha Bazdarevic n'est plus l'entraîneur de Guingamp". France Football (in French). Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  14. ^ Guingamp's two Championnat de l'Ouest titles were won by the club's reserve team.

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