En Avant de Guingamp

Full name En Avant de Guingamp Côtes-d'Armor
Founded 1912 (1912)
Ground Stade de Roudourou
Capacity 18,250
Chairman Bertrand Desplat
Manager Antoine Kombouaré
League Ligue 1
2017–18 Ligue 1, 12th
Website Club website

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 French association football club based in the commune of Guingamp. The club was founded in 1912 and play in Ligue 1, the top level of French football, having won promotion from Ligue 2 following the 2012–13 season. 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.

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 is in the French top flight, having gained promotion only three times: 1995, 2000 and 2013.

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.

On 3 May 2014, En Avant won their second Coupe de France, defeating Stade Rennais 2–0 in the final at Stade de France.

History of the club


  • 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.

League timeline


Current squad

As of 31 August 2018.[2]

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 Karl-Johan Johnsson
2 DF Jordan Ikoko
4 DF Djegui Koita
5 DF Pedro Rebocho
6 MF Lebogang Phiri
7 MF Ludovic Blas
8 MF Lucas Deaux
9 FW Abdoul Camara
10 MF Nicolas Benezet
11 FW Marcus Thuram
12 FW Yeni Ngbakoto
14 FW Nathaël Julan
15 DF Jérémy Sorbon
No. Position Player
16 GK Marc-Aurèle Caillard
18 MF Guessouma Fofana
20 DF Félix Eboa Eboa
22 MF Étienne Didot
23 FW Ronny Rodelin
24 MF Marcus Coco
25 DF Cheick Traoré
26 FW Nolan Roux
27 MF Franck Tabanou
29 DF Christophe Kerbrat (captain)
30 GK Denis Petrić
GK Dominique Youfeigane

Out on loan

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

No. Position Player
GK Théo Guivarch (on loan to Cholet)
DF Sikou Niakaté (on loan to Valenciennes)
No. Position Player
FW Jérémy Livolant (on loan to Châteauroux)
FW Yannis Salibur (on loan to St-Étienne)

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.[3]

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 FK Zemun 1–0 1st
FF Jaro 0–0
Dinamo Bucharest 2–1
Kolkheti Poti 3–1
SF KAMAZ 0–2 4–0 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 hierarchy

As of 27 May 2016
Position Name
President Bertrand Desplat
Vice-President Frédéric Legrand
Association President Jean-Paul Briand
ManagerAntoine Kombouaré

Managerial history





  1. "Ligue 2 side Guingamp stun Rennes in French Cup". The Guardian. 11 May 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2009.
  2. "L'effectif 2018-2019". eaguingamp.com. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  3. http://www.eaguingamp.com/?Le-top-des-joueurs
  4. Guingamp's two Championnat de l'Ouest titles were won by the club's reserve team.
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