- Congo DR national football team
Democratic Republic of the Congo Nickname(s) The Leopards Association FECOFA Sub-confederation UNIFFAC
Confederation CAF (Africa) Head coach Claude Le Roy Home stadium Stade des Martyrs FIFA code COD FIFA ranking 133 Highest FIFA ranking 51 (September 2003) Lowest FIFA ranking 133 (October 2011) Elo ranking 100 Highest Elo ranking 20 (March 1974) Lowest Elo ranking 111 (September 2010)Home coloursAway colours First international Belgian Congo 3–2 Northern Rhodesia
(Belgian Congo; 1948)
Biggest win Congo DR 10–1 Zambia
(Kinshasa, Congo DR; 22 November 1969)
Biggest defeat Yugoslavia 9–0 Zaire
(Gelsenkirchen, Germany; 18 June 1974)
World Cup Appearances 1 (First in 1974) Best result First round, 1974 Africa Cup of Nations Appearances 15 (First in 1965) Best result Winners; 1968 & 1974
The Congo DR national football team (formerly the Zaire national football team) is the national team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is controlled by the Fédération Congolaise de Football-Association (FECOFA), and are nicknamed The Leopards.
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 affiliated since 1962 and has been a member of CAF since 1963. The team's first official match was on the 11 April 1963, against Mauritania in the L'Amitié Tournament played in Dakar, Senegal. Congo won the match 6–0.
The Democratic Republic of Congo (then known as Congo-Kinshasa) had its first international success at the 1968 African Cup of Nations held in Ethiopia, beating Ghana 1–0 in the final. The team's biggest ever win came on 22 November 1969 when they recorded a 10–1 home victory against Zambia. From 1971 to 1997 the country, and therefore 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 Zambia 2–2. Therefore the match was replayed two days later, where Zaire won the game 2–0. Zaire player Mulamba Ndaye was top scorer with nine goals, wehich remains a record for the tournament. After this, the team returned to Zaire on the Presidential plane, lent 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 defeat. Facing a free-kick 25 yards out during the 1974 World Cup finals match against Brazil, defender Mwepu Ilunga, upon hearing the referee blow his whistle, ran out of the Zaire wall and kicked the ball upfield, for which he received a yellow card. This was voted the 17th greatest World Cup moment in a Channel 4 poll, though many commentators held it to be an example of African football's "naivety and indiscipline". However, Ilunga has claimed that he was quite aware of the rules and was hoping to convince the referee to send him off. The intended red card would have been a protest against his country's authorities, who were alleged to be depriving the players of their rightful earnings.
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, while withdrawing from qualification for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. 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 beaten by Nigeria, and in 1996 they were beaten by Ghana. In 1997, their name changed to DR Congo. DR Congo 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 2000 African Cup of Nations the team finished 3rd in their group, and in 2002 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.
Congo DR were drawn in group 10 for qualifications for the 2008 African Cup of Nations, along with 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.
# Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club GK Mulopo Kudimbana 21 January 1987 4 0 Cercle Brugge GK Yves Ma-Kalambay 31 January 1986 4 0 Free Agent DF Cédric Mongongu 22 June 1989 9 0 Evian DF Joël Sami 13 November 1984 6 0 Nancy DF Christian Kinkela 25 May 1982 5 0 Ajaccio DF Larrys Mabiala 8 August 1987 9 0 Nice DF Christopher Mfuyi 3 July 1989 2 0 Valenciennes DF Assani Lukimya-Mulongoti 25 January 1986 2 0 Fortuna Düsseldorf DF Gabriel Zakuani 31 May 1986 1 0 Peterborough United DF Hérita Ilunga 25 February 1982 32 1 West Ham United DF Rodrigue Dikaba 28 October 1985 10 0 Beauvais DF Gladys Bokese 12 September 1981 25 0 Motema Pembe DF Miala Nkulukutu 6 September 1982 18 0 Mazembe DF Joël Kimwaki 14 October 1986 4 0 Mazembe MF Yannick Bapupa 21 January 1982 4 0 Free Agent MF René Makondele 20 April 1982 7 1 Häcken MF Marcel Kimemba Mbayo 23 April 1978 31 3 Free Agent MF Tico 12 December 1980 36 1 Lokeren MF Zola Matumona 26 November 1981 30 7 Mons MF Cedric 8 March 1992 4 0 Numancia MF Cedric Makiadi 23 February 1984 8 2 Freiburg MF Distel Zola 5 February 1989 2 0 Nancy MF Mutamba Milambo 1 January 1984 26 0 Cannes MF Toko Nzuzi 20 December 1990 2 0 Grasshopper MF Bedi Mbenza 11 November 1984 4 2 Mazembe MF Eric Bokanga 9 October 1988 3 0 Mazembe MF Jacques Maghoma 23 October 1987 3 2 Burton Albion MF Steve Zakuani 9 February 1988 1 0 Seattle Sounders FW Lomana LuaLua 28 December 1980 27 6 Blackpool FW Lelo Mbele 10 August 1987 12 1 Free Agent FW Shabani Nonda 6 March 1977 21 14 Free Agent FW Dieumerci Mbokani 22 October 1985 15 5 Anderlecht FW Trésor Mputu 10 December 1985 22 7 Mazembe FW Serge Lofo Bongeli 14 April 1980 4 0 Free Agent
FIFA World Cup
FIFA World Cup record Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA 1930 to
Did mot enter 1970 Entry not accepted 1974 Group Stage 16th 3 0 0 3 0 14 1978 Withdrew 1982 Did not qualify 1986 Did not enter 1990 to
Did not qualify 2014 To Be Determined 2018 2022 Total Group Stage 1/19 3 0 0 3 0 14
African Nations Cup
African Cup of Nations Titles: 2
Year Position Year Position Year Position 1957 Did not enter 1976 Round 1 1994 Quarter Finals 1959 Did not enter 1978 Did not enter 1996 Quarter Finals 1962 Did not enter 1980 Did not qualify 1998 Third place 1963 Did not enter 1982 Did not qualify 2000 Round 1 1965 Round 1 1984 Withdrew 2002 Quarter Finals 1968 Champions 1986 Did not qualify 2004 Round 1 1970 Round 1 1988 Round 1 2006 Quarter Finals 1972 Fourth Place 1990 Did not qualify 2008 Did not qualify 1974 Champions 1992 Quarter Finals 2010 Did not qualify
List of coaches
- ^ Courtney, Barrie (14 June 2007). "DR Congo (Zaire, Congo-Kinshasa) – List of International Matches". FRSSF. http://www.rsssf.com/tablesz/zaire-intres.html. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
- ^ Explore – Channel 4
- ^ The Joy of Six: Symbolic reducers, including Roy Keane, Norman Whiteside and Benjamin Massing | Football | guardian.co.uk
- ^ BBC Sport – Football – Zaire free-kick farce explained
- ^ "History of the FIFA World Cup Preliminary Competition (by year)". FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. http://es.fifa.com/mm/document/fifafacts/mcwc/fifaworldcuppreliminaryhistory_byyear__13876.pdf. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
- RSSSF archive of results
- Congolese football picture blog
- BBC blog article
- YouTube clip of Brazil free-kick incident.
National teamsMenNational team · Olympic (U-23) · U-20 · U-17WomenNational team · Olympic (U-23) · U-20 · U-17 League systemMen Domestic cupsMen AwardsFootballer of the Year · Top scorers ListsAll-time Table · Champions · Clubs · International footballers · Foreign players · VenuesMen's clubs · Women's clubs · Men's players · Women's players · Expatriate players · Managers · Referees · Venues · Seasons · Records International association football Asia Africa North,
South America Oceania Europe Non-FIFA GamesSee also International women's football. National football teams of Africa (CAF)Algeria · Angola · Benin · Botswana · Burkina Faso · Burundi · Cameroon · Cape Verde · Central African Republic · Chad · Comoros · Congo · Congo DR · Côte d'Ivoire · Djibouti · Egypt · Equatorial Guinea · Eritrea · Ethiopia · Gabon · Gambia · Ghana · Guinea · Guinea-Bissau · Kenya · Lesotho · Liberia · Libya · Madagascar · Malawi · Mali · Mauritania · Mauritius · Morocco · Mozambique · Namibia · Niger · Nigeria · Rwanda · São Tomé and Príncipe · Senegal · Seychelles · Sierra Leone · Somalia · South Africa · South Sudan1 · Sudan · Swaziland · Tanzania · Togo · Tunisia · Uganda · Zambia · Zimbabwe1Not yet a member of CAF or FIFA Squads Zaire squad – 1974 FIFA World Cup
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Congo national football team — Not to be confused with Congo DR national football team. Congo Nickname(s) Diables Rouges (Red Devils) Association Fédération Congolaise de Football Su … Wikipedia
Congo women's national football team — Congo Nickname(s) Diablesses Rouges (the red she devils) Association Fédération Congolaise de Football Head coach Gabriel Dengaki … Wikipedia
Congo DR women's national football team — Democratic Republic of Congo Association FECOFA Confederation CAF FIFA code COD FIFA ranking 109 Highest FIFA ranking 85 (June 2009) … Wikipedia
Equatorial Guinea national football team — Equatorial Guinea Nickname(s) Nzalang Nacional Association Federación Ecuatoguineana de Fútbol Sub confederation UNIFFAC (Central Africa) … Wikipedia
France B national football team — Infobox National football team Name = France B Badge = FIFA Trigramme = FRA Nickname = Association = French Football Federation ( Fédération Française de Football ) Confederation = UEFA (Europe) Coach = Flagicon|France Raymond Domenech, 2004 Most … Wikipedia
Senegal national football team — National football team Name = Senegal Badge = Senegal national football team logo.png Nickname = Les Lions de la Teranga ( Lions of Teranga ) Association = Fédération Sénégalaise de Football Confederation = CAF (Africa) Coach = Souleymane Camara… … Wikipedia
China PR national football team results and fixtures — Team photo versus Australia 22nd June 2008 played at Stadium Australia, Sydney. China won 1 0. This article details the fixtures and results of the China PR national football team. Contents … Wikipedia
Mauritius national football team — Mauritius Nickname(s) Club M, Les Dodos Association Mauritius Football Association … Wikipedia
Corsica national football team — Corsica Association Ligue Corse de Football Head coach Jean Michel Cavalli … Wikipedia
Zambia national football team — Zambia Nickname(s) Chipolopolo (The Copper Bullets) Association Football Association of Zambia Sub confederation COSAFA ( … Wikipedia