Birthday Boy Claudio Beauvue: The King of Guingamp

Birthday Boy Claudio Beauvue: The King of Guingamp

The ball nestles in the top corner leaving the goalkeeper helpless. The usually sulphurous Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki is brought to a deafening silence by a vicious drive from outside the box. PAOK Salonika are knocked out of the Europa League, and their assassin comes in the most unlikely of forms, in the shape of Coupe de France holders, En Avant de Guingamp. The author of this success and dealer of the knockout blow is…

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Coupe de France Preview: AJ Auxerre v EA Guingamp

Coupe de France Preview: AJ Auxerre v EA Guingamp

After the poor start they made to the season, no one would have expected Guingamp to be in their current position. Relatively safe in mid-table, they now have a chance to return to the Stade de France and defend the trophy they surprisingly won last season. Auxerre will be no pushovers however. The second-tier side are somewhat cup specialists and have only lost five out of six matches they have played at this stage of…

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US Concarneau v EA Guingamp: Coupe de France Preview

US Concarneau v EA Guingamp: Coupe de France Preview

On Thursday evening, the Coupe de France quarter-final stage ends with Ligue 1 side EA Guingamp travelling just 140 kilometres south to face CFA side US Concarneau in a Breton derby fuelled with gallons of cup magic. Guingamp has been one of the best stories in Ligue 1 this season, and they are the current cup holders. They are taking on the lowest ranked club and the only amateur side remaining in the competition. Le…

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Europa Euround-up: Guingamp Go Out, Kiev Carry On

Europa Euround-up: Guingamp Go Out, Kiev Carry On

When Guingamp could only manage a slender 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of this tie, there were concerns that that would not be enough to progress against the team top of the Ukrainian league, who had a precious away goal, and had displayed great defensive fortitude playing over half the match with nine men. So it proved. Kiev won 3-1 to go through 4-3 on aggregate. The hosts were missing some key…

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Europa League – Guingamp go to Kiev

Europa League – Guingamp go to Kiev

After last week’s chaotic 2-1 win over 9-man Dynamo Kiev at the Roudourou, Guingamp have no key injuries as they travel for the second leg. Jocelyn Gourvennec put the weekend’s defeat at home to Montpellier down to tiredness, but stressed that his team has now recovered and is in good shape for the match in Kiev. The squad: Lössl, Samassa, Guichard – Jacobsen, Baca, Angoua, Kerbrat, Sorbon, Dos Santos, Lévêque – Pied, Diallo, Mathis, Cardy, Sankharé,…

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Europa Euround-up – Guingamp 2 – 1 Dynamo Kiev

Europa Euround-up – Guingamp 2 – 1 Dynamo Kiev

French representation in the Europa League now rests with Guingamp, and they faced tricky opposition on Thursday night in the form of Ukrainian league leaders Dynamo Kiev, who topped their group over Aalborg, Steaua Bucharest and Rio Ave. It was a chaotic game which saw an early injury, three goals, two red cards, a lot of needle, and possibly record-breaking crossing stats. Things were shaping up not to be Kiev’s night when Jeremain Lens took a…

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FC Metz v EA Guingamp: Preview – Week 25

FC Metz v EA Guingamp: Preview – Week 25

Playing in the Europa League will seem like a distant dream to Metz before Sunday’s game, but the competition could help them pick up vital points this weekend. Guingamp play Dynamo Kyiv this week, and Jocelyn Gourvennec’s team may inadvertently have one eye on Thursday as they travel to the Stade Saint-Symphorien. Albert Cartier’s team need something to go their way soon. With four defeats in their last six, Metz are rock bottom of Ligue…

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AS Yzeure vs EA Guingamp: Coupe de France Preview

AS Yzeure vs EA Guingamp: Coupe de France Preview

CFA club Yzeure were one of the heroes of the last round, defeating Ligue 2’s Valenciennes 2-0 in order to reach the Round of 16 for the first time in their history. A penalty from star playmaker Rémy Jous and a composed finish from Marvin Rousseau did for Bernard Casoni’s VAFC, whilst goalkeeper Jean-Christophe Colard did his bit, saving a penalty to prevent the Nordistes from getting back into the match. Coach Nicolas Dupuis, speaking…

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