TP Mazembe

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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 Patrice Carteron
League Linafoot
2014 1st
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 has a revenue of €14 million and attendances of 18,000. CS Don Bosco serves as a feeder club to the team. Mazembe are among the major sports clubs in DR Congo.


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 (14): 1966, 1967, 1969, 1976, 1987, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.
Winners (5): 1966, 1967, 1976, 1979, 2000.
Runners-up (1): 2003.
2013, 2014.

International titles[edit]

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

Current squad[edit]

As of 3 March 2015[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 Democratic Republic of the Congo GK Muteba Kidiaba
2 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Joël Kimwaki
3 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Jean Kasusula
4 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Mikis Mina
5 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Petit Onédika
6 Mali DF Salif Coulibaly
7 Ivory Coast FW Roger Assalé
10 Zambia MF Given Singuluma
11 Mali FW Adama Traoré
12 Zimbabwe MF Ali Sadiki
13 Malawi MF Joseph Kamwendo
14 Zambia DF Kabaso Chongo
15 Tanzania FW Mbwana Samatta
16 Ivory Coast MF Christian Koffi
17 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Jonathan Bolingi
No. Position Player
18 Zambia MF Rainford Kalaba
19 Ghana MF Daniel Nii Adjei
20 Ghana FW Solomon Asante
21 Democratic Republic of the Congo GK Aimé Bakula
22 Ivory Coast GK Sylvain Gbohouo
23 Ghana MF Gladson Awako
24 Ghana DF Yaw Frimpong
25 Mali FW Cheïbane Traoré
26 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Patrick Ilongo
27 Ghana DF Richard Kissi Boateng
28 Tanzania FW Thomas Ulimwengu
30 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Yannick Tusilu
32 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Robert Mbelu
33 Mali FW Ousmane Cisse

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
Democratic Republic of the Congo GK Ley Matampi (on loan at Kabuscorp[11])
Uganda MF Patrick Ochan (on loan at Vipers[12])
No. Position Player
Uganda MF Mike Mutyaba (on loan at Vipers[12])
Zambia MF Nathan Sinkala (on loan at Sochaux[13])

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. ^
  10. ^ Players 2014
  11. ^ Ley Matampi loaned for one season. (2013). Tout Poussaint Matembe. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  12. ^ a b Ochan and Mutyaba loaned to FC Vipers. (2013). Tout Poussaint Mazembe. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  13. ^ Sunzu and Sinkala are Sochaliens. 9 January 2014. Tout Poussaint Mazembe. Retrieved 28 February 2014.

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