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Democratic Republic of Congo
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Leopards
Association FECOFA
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Patrice Neveu
Most caps Shabani Nonda (71)
Top scorer Lomana LuaLua (32)
Home stadium Stade des Martyrs
FIFA code COD
FIFA ranking 111
Highest FIFA ranking 51 (September 2003)
Lowest FIFA ranking 118 (September 2009)
Elo ranking 94
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Belgian Congo Belgian Congo 3-2 Northern Rhodesia 
(Belgian Congo; 1948)
Biggest win
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo DR 5-0 Somalia 
(Kinshasa, Congo DR; 12 January 2006)
Biggest defeat
 Yugoslavia 9-0 Zaire Democratic Republic of the Congo
(London, England; 19 June 1974)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1974)
Best result First round, 1974
African Nations Cup
Appearances 15 (First in 1965)
Best result Winners, 1968 and 1974

The Congo DR national football team (formerly the Zaire national football team) is the national team of the Democratic Republic of Congo and is controlled by the Fédération Congolaise de Football-Association (FECOFA).

Congo are currently 96th in the FIFA Rankings, but have reached 51 in the rankings before. As Zaire they were the first black African team to qualify for the World Cup.

They are nicknamed The Leopards.

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Early history

The Fédération Congolaise de Football-Association (FECOFA) was founded in 1919 when the country was not independent. The team played their first game in 1948 as Belgian Congo against Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia. The team recorded a 3–2 victory at home. Congo has been FIFA afflicted since 1962 and has been a member of CAF since 1963. The teams first official played on the 11 April 1963, against Maurintania. Congo won the match 8–0, recording their first victory in their first game. The team is nicknamed the The Leopards.

Glory period

The Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo-Kinshasa then) won its first international success at the 1968 African Cup of Nations in Ethiopia, beating Ghana 1-0 in the final. The team's biggest ever win came on the 22nd November 1969 when they recorded a 10–1 home victory against Zambia. From 1971 to 1997 the team was known as Zaire. Their first game as Zaire was played in Cameroon against Sudan. Sudan won this game 3-0. Six years later Zaire won the 1974 African Cup of Nations in Egypt. The team recorded a 2–1 victory against Guinea, another 2–1 victory against rivals Congo and a 4–1 victory against Mauritius. These results carried Zaire through to the semi-finals where they beat hosts Egypt 3–2. In the final Zaire drew with fellow finalists Zambia 2–2. Therefor the match was replayed two days later, where Ziare won the game 2–0. Also Zaire player Mulamba Ndaye was top scorer with 9 goals. After this, the team returned to Ziare by Presidential plane, left to them by Mobutu Sese Seko.

Zaire were the first black African team to participate in a FIFA World Cup. At the 1974 FIFA World Cup Zaire were very disappointing. The team did not win a game or score any goals. Their 9–0 defeat against Yugoslavia still remains a World Cup record score line defeat.

Crisis period

After winning the 1974 African Cup of Nations and participating in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, the team did not get past the first round of the 1976 African Cup of Nations not recording a win in the group stages. Morocco went on to win the tournament. From 1978 to 1986, the country did not qualify for any other African Cup of Nations. In the 1988 African Cup of Nations Zaire finished last in their group despite having 2 draws.

Return to success

From 1992 to 1996, Zaire, reached three consecutive African Cup of Nations quarter-finals. In 1992 and 1994 they were beat by Nigeria, and in 1996 they were beat by Ghana. In 1997 the name changed to Congo DR. Congo DR played their first game on the 8th June 1997 in Brazzaville which ended in a 1–0 victory for them. At the 1998 African Cup of Nations, DR Congo, led by Louis Watunda Iyolo took third place beating hosts Burkina Faso 4–1 on penalties. At the 2002 African Cup of Nations the team finished 3rd in thir group, and in 2002 they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Senegal. Then in 2004 They were eliminated by 3 straight defeats in the group stages. And then in 2006, led by Claude Le Roy, having finished second in the group behind Cameroon, were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Egypt 4–1.

Present day

In group 10 the qualifications of the 2008 African Cup of Nations, composed of Libya, Namibia and Ethiopia. on the penultimate day Congo DR led the group, but drew 1–1 with Libya and Namibia beat Ethiopia 3–2. This sent Namibia through to the Finals, and Congo DR finished in 2nd place. Congo DR also failed to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In 2009 Congo DR won the 2009 African Championship of Nations beating Ghana in the final.

Current squad

The following players were called for the friendly against Congo on February 4, 2010.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Parfait Mandanda 10 November 1989 (1989-11-10) (age 20) 7 0 France FC Bordeaux
2 DF Cédric Mongongu 22 June 1989 (1989-06-22) (age 20) 6 0 France AS Monaco
2 DF Joël Sami 13 November 1986 (1986-11-13) (age 23) 6 0 France AS Nancy-Lorraine
5 DF Larrys Mabiala 8 August 1987 (1987-08-08) (age 22) 8 0 France OGC Nice
2 DF Rodrigue Dikaba 28 October 1985 (1985-10-28) (age 24) 6 0 Romania FC Ceahlăul Piatra Neamţ
3 MF Yannick Bapupa 21 January 1982 (1982-01-21) (age 28) 3 0 Sweden Kalmar FF
3 MF René Makondele 20 April 1982 (1982-04-20) (age 27) 3 0 Sweden Helsingborgs IF
11 FW Marcel Kimemba Mbayo 23 April 1978 (1978-04-23) (age 31) 4 0 Belgium KSC Lokeren
4 MF Tsholola Tshinyama 12 December 1980 (1980-12-12) (age 29) 14 1 Belgium KSC Lokeren
13 FW Dieumerci Mbokani 6 September 1982 (1982-09-06) (age 27) 10 8 Belgium Standard Liège
16 GK Mulopo Kudimbana 21 January 1987 (1987-01-21) (age 23) 3 0 Belgium Royal Sporting Club Anderlecht
4 MF Cedric Makiadi 23 February 1984 (1984-02-23) (age 26) 14 1 Germany SC Freiburg
6 DF Gabriel Zakuani 31 May 1986 (1986-05-31) (age 23) 1 0 England Peterborough United F.C.
7 MF Youssuf Mulumbu 1 January 1987 (1987-25-01) (age 22) 8 0 England West Bromwich Albion F.C.
15 DF Hérita Ilunga 25 February 1982 (1982-02-25) (age 28) 18 0 England West Ham United F.C.
9 FW Lomana LuaLua 28 December 1980 (1980-12-28) (age 29) 31 18 Greece Olympiacos Piraeus
10 FW Ndjoli Bukungu 29 July 1986 (1986-07-29) (age 23) 0 0 Rwanda APR FC
17 FW Lelo Mbele 10 August 1987 (1987-08-10) (age 22) 6 1 Sudan Al-Hilal Omdurman
21 FW Shabani Nonda 6 March 1977 (1977-03-06) (age 33) 6 1 Turkey Galatasaray
18 DF Gladys Bokese 12 September 1981 (1981-09-12) (age 28) 9 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Daring Club Motema Pembe
12 DF Miala Nkulukutu 6 September 1982 (1982-09-06) (age 27) 5 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
8 FW Tresor Mputu 10 December 1985 (1985-12-10) (age 24) 2 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
1 GK Muteba Kidiaba 1 February 1976 (1976-02-01) (age 34) 7 0 Democratic Republic of the Congo TP Mazembe
14 FW Serge Lofo Bongeli 14 April 1980 (1980-04-14) (age 29) 2 0 Germany Rot-Weiß Ahlen
19 MF Jacques Maghoma 25 September 1987 (1987-09-25) (age 22) 0 0 England Burton Albion
20 MF Serge Makofo 3 September 1986 (1986-09-03) (age 23) 0 0 Wales Rhyl FC

Records

World Cup

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1970 Did not enter
1974 Round 1 16 3 0 0 3 0 14
1978 to 1982 Did not qualify
1986 Did not enter
1990 to 2010 Did not qualify
Total 1/18 3 0 0 3 0 14
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African Nations Cup

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 2
Appearances: 15
Year Position Year Position Year Position
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Ethiopia 1976 Round 1 Tunisia 1994 Quarter Finals
Egypt 1959 Did not enter Ghana 1978 Did not enter South Africa 1996 Quarter Finals
Ethiopia 1962 Did not enter Nigeria 1980 Did not qualify Burkina Faso 1998 Third place
Ghana 1963 Did not enter Libya 1982 Did not qualify GhanaNigeria 2000 Round 1
Tunisia 1965 Round 1 Côte d'Ivoire 1984 Withdrew Mali 2002 Quarter Finals
Ethiopia 1968 Champions Egypt 1986 Did not qualify Tunisia 2004 Round 1
Sudan 1970 Round 1 Morocco 1988 Round 1 Egypt 2006 Quarter Finals
Cameroon 1972 Fourth Place Algeria 1990 Did not qualify Ghana 2008 Did not qualify
Egypt 1974 Champions Senegal 1992 Quarter Finals Angola 2010 Did not qualify

Trivia

External links


Simple English

Congo DR
Association Fédération Congolaise de Football-Association
Confederation CAF
Coach Patrice Neveu
Top scorer Shabani Nonda (19)
World Cup
Appearances 1
First Apps 1974
Best result Round 1 (1974)

Congo DR national football team is the national football team of Congo DR.


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