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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).

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

Contents

HistoryEdit

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 recordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966 Withdrew Withdrew
  1970 Did not enter Declined participation
  1974 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 6 5
  1978 7 5 0 2 11 7
  1982 6 2 3 1 6 4
  1986 2 1 0 1 1 2
  1990 2 1 0 1 3 5
  1994 6 2 0 4 8 7
  1998 8 5 0 3 15 9
    2002 2 1 1 0 7 4
  2006 12 7 2 3 20 13
  2010 12 4 2 6 16 19
  2014 6 3 1 2 12 8
  2018 8 3 0 5 9 14
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 75 35 10 30 114 97

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA
  1963 Disqualified
  1965 Did not qualify
  1968
  1970 Group stage 6th 3 0 2 1 4 7
  1972 Did not qualify
  1974 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 4
  1976 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 3 0 11 7
  1978 Did not qualify
  1980 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 3 5
  1982 Did not qualify
  1984
  1986
  1988
  1990
  1992
  1994 Group stage 11th 2 0 0 2 1 3
  1996 Did not qualify
  1998 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 3 3
    2000 Did not qualify
  2002 Disqualified
  2004 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 5 5
  2006 Quarter-finals 6th 4 3 0 1 9 4
  2008 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 1 2 5 10
  2010 Did not qualify
    2012 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 7 3
  2013 Did not qualify
  2015 Quarter-finals 8th 4 0 3 1 3 6
  2017 Did not qualify
 2019 Qualified
  2021 To be determined
  2023
Total 12/31 0 Titles 39 11 15 13 55 57

African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  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 fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

PersonnelEdit

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

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

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   Excelsior
16 1GK Aly Keita (1986-12-08) 8 December 1986 (age 32) 4 0   Östersund
1GK Steeve Elana (1980-07-11) 11 July 1980 (age 38) 0 0   Tours

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

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

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

Recent call-upsEdit

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   Pau v.   Ivory Coast, 18 November 2018

DF Ibrahima Conté INJ (1996-04-03) 3 April 1996 (age 23) 8 0   Chamois Niortais v.   Ivory Coast, 18 November 2018
DF Pa Konate (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 24) 0 0   SPAL v.   Central African Republic, 9 September 2018

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

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

RecordsEdit

As of 11 April 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Guinea.

CoachesEdit

Team honoursEdit

Last updated 14 August 2017

Continental tournamentsEdit

Runners-up (1):   1976

Other Tournaments and CupsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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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