The Guinea national football team formed in 1960. The team joined FIFA in 1961 and the Confederation of African Football a year later in 1962. Guinea has never qualified for the world cup and made little impact on international football generally.
Guinea played its first game in 1960, a 4-1 loss to Nigeria in the West African Games. Just three years later the team entered its first Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign. Facing Nigeria in the first round, Guinea drew their away leg 2-2 and won 1-0 at home for an aggregate 3-2 victory. The result was later reversed when it emerged that Guinea had used Guinean officials for their home game. The team’s best result in the Cup of Nations came in 1976 when they finished second to Morocco. In recent years results have improved and Guinea reached the quarter-finals from 2004 to 2008.
World cup qualification has never been a fruitful event for Guinea. The team has entered every edition of qualifying since 1974. Guinea was disqualified from the 2002 world cup after interference with the Guinea Football Federation was not overturned in time.
Ranked 52nd by FIFA, Guinea will need to make more of an impact to push into the world’s top 50 teams.
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