|Football in the Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Governing body||Congolese Association Football Federation|
|National team(s)||men's national team|
Football is the most popular sport played in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The national football team has won the African Cup of Nations twice: in 1968 and 1974 under the nations' former name Zaire. The national team qualified for the World Cup in 1974, their only appearance in that tournament.
At club level, in the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, TP Mazembe made history as the first ever African club to reach a FIFA tournament final, beating the 2010 Copa Libertadores champions SC Internacional in the semifinals and losing to European Champions Internazionale in the final.
Although DR Congo has had limited international success since the late 1970s, numerous players of Conogolese descent have played professionally in Europe, including Romelu Lukaku, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Jonathan Ikoné, Michy Batshuayi, Youri Tielemans, Steve Mandanda, Tanguy Ndombele, Christian Benteke, Elio Capradossi, Sara Gama, Axel Tuanzebe, Isaac Kiese Thelin, José Bosingwa and Denis Zakaria.
The DR Congo national football team, recognised by FIFA as Congo DR, represents DR Congo in men's international football and it is controlled by the Congolese Association Football Federation. They are nicknamed the Leopards., The team represents FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Robert Kidiaba Muteba is a Congolese politician and former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He spent most of his club career with TP Mazembe, whilst at international level he collected 61 caps playing for the DR Congo national team.
The CAF Champions League is an annual continental club football competition run by the CAF. The top club sides from Africa's football leagues are invited to participate in this competition. Due to sponsorship reasons, the official name is Total CAF Champions League, with Total Champions League also in use.
Joseph Mwepu Ilunga was a football defender from Zaire. His name is also written as Alunga Mwepu.
Tout Puissant Mazembe, commonly referred to as TP Mazembe, is a Congolese professional football club based in Lubumbashi.
The Vodacom Ligue 1 is the top division of the Congolese Association Football Federation, the governing body of football in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was created in 1958. In 2013, the highest attendance was set in the match DC Motema Pembe - AS Vita Club, which saw an attendance of 80,000 football fans at Stade des Martyrs. TP Mazembe is the most successful club with 17 titles.
Robert Kazadi Mwamba was a goalkeeper who played for TP Mazembe and Zaire. He was named the Player of the Tournament when Congo won the 1968 African Cup of Nations and followed this up with another victory in the 1974 African Cup of Nations where he was named to the Team of the Tournament.
The 2010 FIFA Club World Cup was a football tournament that was played from 8 to 18 December 2010. It was the 7th FIFA Club World Cup and was hosted by the United Arab Emirates. Other countries that placed bids were Australia and Japan. Portugal had initially placed a bid, but later withdrew from the process.
Stoppila Sunzu, also known as Stophira Sunzu, is a Zambian professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for Shijiazhuang Ever Bright. He scored the winning penalty kick for Zambia in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Final.
The 2010 CAF Champions League was the 46th edition of Africa's premier club football tournament organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the 14th edition under the current CAF Champions League format. The winner, TP Mazembe qualified for the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, and also played in the 2011 CAF Super Cup.
Trésor Mputu Mabi is a Congolese footballer who plays as a midfielder or striker for TP Mazembe and the DR Congo national team.
Alain Kaluyituka is a DR Congo association football player who is currently playing as a forward. He has represented his country Congo DR 30 times, scoring 9 times. He has also represented his former club TP Mazembe in International football in both CAF Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Jean Kasusula Kiritsho is a Congolese professional footballer who plays as a left-back.</ref>
Patou Kabangu is a Congolese football midfielder who most recently played for TP Mazembe in the Congolese Linafoot league and DR Congo national football team.
The 2010 FIFA Club World Cup Final was the final match of the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, an association football tournament for the champion clubs from each of FIFA's six continental confederations. The match took place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on 18 December 2010, and pitted TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the CAF club champions, against Internazionale of Italy, the UEFA club champions. It was the first time that a club from outside Europe or South America was involved in contesting the final.
Joël Kimwaki Mpela is a Congolese professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for FC Renaissance du Congo. He made 52 appearances for the DR Congo national team scoring 3 goals.
Deo Kanda A Mukok is a Congolese footballer who plays for Tanzanian club Simba as a forward.
Guelassiognon Sylvain Gbohouo is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays for Mazembe as a goalkeeper and the Ivory Coast.
Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Africa. Indeed, football is probably the most popular sport in every African country, although rugby and cricket are also very popular in South Africa.