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TP Mazembe
TP Mazembe (logo).png
Full name Tout Puissant Mazembe
Nickname(s) Les Corbeaux (The Ravens)
Founded 1939 as FC Saint-Georges
Ground Stade TP Mazembe, Lubumbashi
Ground Capacity 18,500
President Moïse Katumbi Chapwe
Manager Gabriel Erivaldo
League Linafoot
2014–15 2nd
Website Club home page
Current season

Tout Puissant Mazembe, formerly known as Englebert, is a Congolese football club based in Lubumbashi. Their home games are played at Stade TP Mazembe situated in the suburb of Kamalondo. Its nickname is Les corbeaux (the ravens) despite having a crocodile with a ball in its mouth on the team crest.[1] TP Mazembe drew an average home attendance of 11,888 in the 2015-16 Linafoot season. CS Don Bosco serves as a feeder club to the team. Mazembe are among the major sports clubs in DR Congo and one of the most successful football teams in Africa ever. They became the first Congolese club with 312,000 followers on Facebook, their main social media page.


Tout Puissant Mazembe was founded in 1939 by Benedictine monks of the order of Sanctimonious Saint that directed the Holy Institute Boniface of Élisabethville (Lubumbashi).[2] To diversify the student activities for those that did not consecrate themselves to the priesthood, the missionaries decided to set up a football team, named Saint Georges FC, after the patron of the Troop. This team affiliated itself directly in the first division of the Royal Federation of the Native Athletic Associations (FRASI for French Fédération Royale des Associations Sportives Indigènes) founded by the Belgian King. At the end of the season, Holy Georges placed 3rd.

In 1944 the young scouts went on the road and FC St. Georges was rechristened Saint Paul F.C. Some years later, the incorporation of certain foreign elements in the Institute would make the missionaries abandon the team management. The team took the name of F.C. Englebert after its sponsor, a tire brand. The qualifier "Tout Puissant" (Almighty) was added to the club's name after it went undefeated in winning its first league title in 1966.[1]

After the independence of Congo, (June 30, 1960) Englebert restructured itself. In 1966, they realized the treble (national Championship, Coupe du Congo and Katanga Cup).

In 1967 and 1968, it won the African Cup of Champions. The team would be finalist four times successively in (1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970). Mazembe was the first team to successfully defend the African Champions Cup. This feat was finally repeated in 2003 and 2004 by Enyimba.

After 18 years of absence, it returned to the African scene thanks to 38-year-old governor Moïse Katumbi Chapwe.

In November 2009 the team won the CAF Champions League against Heartland 2–2 on aggregate, winning on the away goals rule.[3]

By winning the CAF Champions League, they qualified for the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup. In their first match in the quarter-finals they lost 2–1 to Pohang Steelers of South Korea.[4] despite taking the lead in the first half. Following a 3–2 defeat to Auckland City in the fifth placed match they finished the tournament in 6th place.[5]

In 2010 they retained the 2010 CAF Champions League, and in December they became the first African side to contest the final of the FIFA Club World Cup after defeating both Pachuca of Mexico 1–0 in the quarter-finals and Internacional of Brazil 2–0 in the semi-finals.[6][7] In the final on 18 December, they were defeated 3–0 by Internazionale.[8]

In 2015, TP Mazembe secured their fifth title in the competition after defeating USM Alger of Algeria 4–1 aggregate in the 2015 CAF Champions League Final.[9]



National titles[edit]

Winners (15): 1966, 1967, 1969, 1976, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016.
Winners (5): 1966, 1967, 1976, 1979, 2000.
Runners-up (1): 2003.
Winners (3): 2013, 2014, 2016.

International titles[edit]

Winners (5): 1967, 1968, 2009, 2010, 2015
Runners-up (2): 1969, 1970
Winners (1): 2016
Runners-up (1): 2013
Winners (1): 1980
Winners (3): 2010, 2011, 2016
Runners-up (1): 2017
Runners-up (1): 2010

Performance in CAF competitions[edit]

The club have 7 appearances in African Cup of Champions Clubs from 1967 to 1988 and 11 appearances in CAF Champions League from 2001 till now.

1980 – Champion
1981 – Second Round
2000 – Second Round
2010 – Champion
2011 – Champion
2016 – Champion

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 April, 2017[10]

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

No. Position Player
1 Mali GK Ibrahim Mounkoro
2 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Joël Kimwaki
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Kilitcho Kasusula
4 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Arsène Zola
5 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Issama Mpeko
6 Mali DF Salif Coulibaly
8 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Trésor Mputu
9 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Déo Kanda
10 Zambia MF Given Singuluma
11 Mali FW Adama Traoré
13 Zambia MF Nathan Sinkala
14 Zambia DF Kabaso Chongo
15 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Kévin Mondeko
No. Position Player
16 Ivory Coast MF Christian Koffi
18 Zambia MF Rainford Kalaba
19 Ghana MF Daniel Nii Adjei
20 Ghana MF Solomon Asante
21 Democratic Republic of the Congo GK Ley Matampi
22 Ivory Coast GK Sylvain Gbohouo
23 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Meschak Elia
24 Ghana DF Yaw Frimpong
26 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Badibake Mpongo
27 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Miché Mika
28 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Ben Malango
29 Belgium DF Anthony Vanden Borre
30 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Patou Kabangu

Out on loan[edit]

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

No. Position Player
17 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Jonathan Bolingi (to Belgium Standard Liège)
31 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Merveille Bokadi (to Belgium Standard Liège)
-- Ivory Coast FW Roger Assalé (to Switzerland Young Boys)

Notable former players[edit]

For details on former players see Category:TP Mazembe players.



  1. ^ a b Bell, Jack. "TP Mazembe Surprises the World, Not Itself," Goal (The New York Times soccer blog), Friday, December 17, 2010.
  2. ^ Legge, David (2009-09-17). "Win or bust for former champions Etoile". AFP. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  3. ^ "Mazembe clinch Champs Lge title". BBC Sport. 2009-11-07. Retrieved 2009-12-03. 
  4. ^ "TP Mazembe 1 – 2 Pohang Steelers". ESPN. 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  5. ^ "TP Mazembe 2 – 3 Auckland City". ESPN Soccernet. 2009-12-16. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  6. ^ "TP Mazembe beat Pachuca at the Club World Cup". BBC Sport. 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  7. ^ "Inter stunned as Mazembe reach final". 
  8. ^ "TP Mazembe 0 – 3 Internazionale". ESPN Soccernet. 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  9. ^ "TP Mazembe beat USM Alger to win African Champions League". 8 November 2015 – via 
  10. ^ "Effectif du TP Mazembe, saison 2014". 

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