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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 coachFrédéric Bompard
LeagueLigue 2
WebsiteClub website
Current season

En Avant Guingamp (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 13 seasons, and is known for its relative success given Guingamp's small population of only 7,000 people.


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]


League timeline


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 squad

First team

As of 5 June 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
2 MF France FRA Baptiste Roux
3 DF France FRA Morgan Poaty
4 DF Brazil BRA Philipe Sampaio
7 MF France FRA El Hadji Ba
9 FW Haiti HAI Frantzdy Pierrot
10 MF Comoros COM Youssouf M'Changama (captain)
13 FW Senegal SEN Yannick Gomis
15 DF France FRA Jérémy Sorbon (vice-captain)
16 GK France FRA Enzo Basilio
18 FW Cameroon CMR Paul-Georges Ntep
20 DF Cameroon CMR Félix Eboa Eboa
21 DF Belgium BEL Logan Ndenbe
24 MF France FRA Pierrick Valdivia
No. Pos. Nation Player
25 FW Guadeloupe GLP Matthias Phaeton
27 DF Mali MLI Sikou Niakaté
29 MF France FRA Jérémy Livolant
30 GK France FRA Dominique Youfeigane
32 MF France FRA Tristan Muyumba
MF France FRA Mehdi Boudjemaa
MF France FRA Mehdi Merghem
FW France FRA Ervin Taha
MF France FRA Louis Carnot
DF France FRA Yohan Baret
DF France FRA Yohan Bilingi
DF Portugal POR Pedro Rebocho

Reserve team

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 France FRA Hugo Barbet
DF France FRA Lamine Buhanga
DF France FRA Lucas Maronnier
DF France FRA Bryan Ngwabije
DF France FRA Ismaek Petchy
DF France FRA Ilan Radenac
MF France FRA Momar Gadji
MF France FRA Jules Gaudin
MF France FRA Ryad Hachem
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF Haiti HAI Bryan Labissiere
MF France FRA Théo Le Normand
MF France FRA Oktay Ozduru
MF France FRA Baptiste Roux
FW Mauritania MTN Souleymane Anne
FW France FRA Isaac Drogba
FW France FRA Daniel Simpore
FW France FRA Ervin Taha
FW France FRA Axel Urie

Notable players

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 record

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

1 Guingamp won the Final on away goals.


Club hierarchy

As of 24 September 2019
Position Name
President Bertrand Desplat
Vice-President Frédéric Legrand
Association President Jean-Paul Briand
Manager Mehmed Baždarević

Managerial history





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  3. ^ "GUINGAMP RELEGATED AFTER DERBY DRAW". Ligue1.com. Archived from the original on 13 May 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
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  7. ^ "Communiqué Officiel Commun EAG / Jocelyn Gourvennec". Eaguingamp.com (in French). 22 May 2019. Retrieved 22 May 2019.
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  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.