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Full name En Avant Guingamp
Nickname(s) Les Guingampais
Les Costarmoricains (The Costamoricans)
Les Rouge et Noir (The Red and Blacks)
Short name EAG
Founded 1912; 112 years ago (1912)
Ground Stade de Roudourou
Ground Capacity 19,033
President Frédéric Legrand
Head coach Stéphane Dumont
League Ligue 2
2021–22 Ligue 2, 6th of 20
En Avant Guingamp active departments
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En Avant Guingamp (Breton: War-raok Gwengamp, English: Forward Guingamp), commonly referred to as EA Guingamp, EAG, or simply Guingamp (French: [ɡɛ̃ɡɑ̃]), is a French 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.

Guingamp are one of only two clubs who have won the Coupe de France while not being in the first division, doing so in 2009, by defeating Rennes, 2–1. They won the same competition in 2014, again with a victory against Rennes, 2–0.


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. 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 that include 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.

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.


  • 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 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

No. Position Player
1 Guadeloupe GK Teddy Bartouche
2 France DF Baptiste Roux
4 France MF Dylan Louiserre
5 France DF Hady Camara
6 France DF Lenny Vallier
7 Senegal DF Donatien Gomis
8 France MF Kalidou Sidibé
9 Morocco FW Amine El Ouazzani
10 France MF Mehdi Merghem
11 Senegal MF Amadou Sagna
12 Senegal DF Abdallah Ndour
13 France MF Théo Le Normand
15 France DF Vincent Manceau
16 France GK Enzo Basilio
17 France FW Jacques Siwe
19 Uruguay MF Jonathan Iglesias
No. Position Player
20 France MF Hugo Picard
21 Belgium FW Baptiste Guillaume
22 France MF Victor Lobry
23 France DF Taylor Luvambo
24 France DF Pierre Lemonnier
25 Tunisia DF Ayman Ben Mohamed
26 France DF Matthis Riou
27 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Maxime Sivis
28 France MF Maxime Barthelmé
29 France FW Ugo Bonnet
30 Mauritania GK Babacar Niasse
31 France DF Lucas Maronnier
32 France FW Sabri Guendouz
34 France DF Sohaib Nair
40 France GK Noah Marec
South Africa MF Lebogang Phiri

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.

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

  • Ghislain Anselmini
  • Yannick Baret
  • Christian Bassila
  • Jimmy Briand
  • Stéphane Carnot
  • Fabrice Colleau
  • Charles-Édouard Coridon
  • Moumouni Dagano
  • Thierry Debès
  • Sylvain Deplace
  • Yves Deroff
  • Mustapha Diallo
  • Didier Drogba
  • Felipe
  • Romain Ferrier
  • Fabrice Fiorèse
  • Jérôme Foulon
  • Hubert Fournier
  • Thibault Giresse
  • Auriol Guillaume
  • Stéphane Guivarc'h
  • Laurent Guyot
  • Laurent Hervé
  • Angelo Hugues
  • Yann Jouffre
  • Marek Jóźwiak
  • Raymond Keruzoré
  • Anthony Knockaert
  • Bakary Koné
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Blaise Kouassi
  • Nicolas Laspalles
  • Ronan Le Crom
  • Arnaud Le Lan
  • Christophe Le Roux
  • Richard Lecomte
  • Florent Malouda
  • Lionel Mathis
  • Claude Michel
  • Gheorghe Mihali
  • Mouritala Ogunbiyi
  • Yohann Rivière
  • Bertrand Robert
  • Lionel Rouxel
  • Yvon Schmitt
  • Harlington Shereni
  • Milovan Sikimić
  • Richard Soumah
  • Guy Stéphan
  • Andrzej Szarmach
  • Abdelhafid Tasfaout
  • Stéphane Trévisan

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 Symbol keep vote.svg
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 Symbol keep vote.svg
Finals Russia Rotor Volgograd 1–2 1–0 2–21 Symbol keep vote.svg
1996–97 UEFA Cup 1R Italy Internazionale 0–3 1–1 1–4 Symbol delete vote.svg
2003 UEFA Intertoto Cup 3R Czech Republic 1. FC Brno 2–1 2–4(aet) 4–5 Symbol delete vote.svg
2009–10 UEFA Europa League PO Germany Hamburg 1–5 1–3 2–8 Symbol delete vote.svg
2014–15 UEFA Europa League Group K Italy Fiorentina 0–3 1–2 2nd Symbol keep vote.svg
Greece PAOK 2–0 2–1
Belarus Dinamo Minsk 0–0 2–0
R32 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 2–1 1–3 3–4 Symbol delete vote.svg


Club hierarchy

As of 24 September 2019
Position Name
President Bertrand Desplat
Vice-President Frédéric Legrand
Association President Jean-Paul Briand
Head coach Stéphane Dumont
Assistant head coach Pascal Braud
Goalkeeper coach Sébastien Hamel
Fitness coach Benjamin LeBrun
Video analyst Lucas Massello-Heuzé
Doctor Miguel Rosinet
Physiotherapist Quentin Beauvallet
Charly Pradeau
Intendant Arnaud Le Briand

Managerial history



  • Coupe de France
    • Winners (2): 2008–09, 2013–14
    • Runners-up (1): 1996–97
  • Coupe de la Ligue
    • Runners-up (1): 2018–19
  • Trophée des Champions
    • Runners-up (2): 2009, 2014
  • Ligue 2
    • Runners-up (3): 1994–95, 1999–2000, 2012–13
  • Championnat National
  • Coupe de Bretagne
    • Winners (2): 1975, 1979
    • Runners-up (2): 1947, 1952
  • Championnat de l'Ouest
    • Winners (2): 1976, 1984


  • Intertoto Cup
    • Winners (1): 1996

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