This is without a shudder that can afford to say that the ” Tout Puissant Mazembe ” is the football club of excellence in Africa. The final of the World Club Cup, lost in 2010 against Inter Milan’s Samuel Eto’o large, still harbors hopes of seeing again an African team reach the top of world football.
These are the Benedictine missionaries from Lubumbashi (Elizabethville the time) who created the club in 1939 to diversify the leisure activities of young students, and named FC Saint Georges.It was only later that the FC Saint Georges is called Almighty Englebert and TP Mazembe (crows in Kiswahili). The same year of its creation, the club, affiliated to the first division of the Royal Federation of Indigenous Sports Associations (FRASI) ranks third seasonal championship. In 1966, under the name of FC Englebert, the team won both the National Championship, Katanga Cup and Cup of Congo. The following two years, the TP Mazembe wins the African Cup of Champion Clubs which he is also a finalist in 1969 and 1970.
TP Mazembe then experiencing a lull before returning in 2006. But in 2009, after winning the title at the continental level, the club flew to an even greater challenge: the World Cup clubs. This is also the first African club to achieve this feat. Unfortunately crouches that year in the quarter-final against Pohang Steelers of Korea. In 2010, TP Mazembe makes a new feat in the Champions League CAF in the final against Esperance Sportive de Tunis, and again obtained a qualification for the World Club Cup. This time, the Ravens, savvy and seasoned better, go to the finals of the Cup they lost against Inter Milan by a score of 3-0.
An enormous prize list and non-standard
On the mainland, the club has left his black and white reflections in all championships. TP Mazembe is offered twice Cup Congo, fourteen times the national championship of Congo, five times the national cup twice the League of CAF Champions twice the African Cup of Champions Clubs. This success is almost 100% Congolese, because only 15% of players in the team are foreigners. It is also the African club which has the largest market value, about 1.5 million. In 2015, he received permission to embroider a fifth star on their shirts. The official website will comment with humor to the Congolese:
“It’s also a total unattainable for the general in the Congolese army who must be content to wear four maximum on their costume …”