African Champions League

TP Mazembe

Congo club TP Mazembe fined after fan assaulted referee and hid in their dressing room

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South African Premiership champions Orlando Pirates will compete in the group stage of the African Champions League next month, after defeating Congolese side TP Mazembe in the second round of the competition by an aggregate score of 3-2 over two controversy-strewn legs.

After the first leg in Johannesburg on April 20th, a visiting TP Mazembe fan was miffed enough about his side's 3-1 loss to approach the referee and 'assault' him.

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Game Intelligence digs up this week's buried treasure from the desert island of football news... TP Mazembe kicked out of African Champions' League African giants Tout Puissant Mazembe have been disqualified from this year's CAF Champions' League for fielding an ... Continue reading →

Eto’o named African Footballer of the Year

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o was named African Footballer of the Year a record fourth time at the annual CAF awards ceremony in Cairo Monday. The 29-year-old native of central town Nkon finished ahead of first-time finalist Asamoah Gyan of Ghana and former winner Didier Drogba of Ivory Coast in a poll [.

FIFA Club World Cup Finalist: TP Mazembe Out of Lubumbashi (Congo DR)

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Seven teams the club champions on their respective continents have been competing in Abu Dhabi over the past week in the FIFA Club World Cup: Inter Milan (Italy), Pachuca (Mexico), Internacionale (Brazil), TP Mazembe (Congo), Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma (South Korea), Al-Wahda Sports Club (UAE), and Hekari United FC (Papua Ne Guinea).

FIFA World Club Championships: TP Mazembe

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Famously Pele said that an African side would win a World Cup by the year 2000, but what about their premier club side TP Mazembe? They will take the field against Pachuca on Friday in a quarter final matchup that will decide the opponents for Internacional of Brazil inthe semi finals of the FIFA World Club Championships.

TP Mazembe – Champions of Africa?

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"Today, our morale is on top. I think we are capable of scoring three goals by half time." Espérance striker Khaled Ayari.

Positivity. Positivity is always a good thing. In this case however even blind, optimistic, the-world-is-our-oyster-and-nothing-can-possibly-go-wrong Disneyland levels of positivity may not be enough.

TP Mazembe vs North African dominance – CAF Champions League 2010 semi-finals

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Can TP Mazembe retain their trophy?

The 2010 African Champions League semi-finals have a very Maghreb/Egyptian feel to them this year. Perhaps this should come as no surprise.

Al-Ahly 1-1 JS Kabylie: Canaries through to African Champions League semi final

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JS Kabylie survived a hostile environment and an attacking onslaught from opponents Al-Ahly to draw 1-1 and qualify for the last four of the 2010 African Champions League.

CAF: Espérance and Kabylie in charge; Cups Review (+video)

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The African Champions League remains competitive after Matchday 4 was completed this weekend with every team hoping that they can still advance to the semi-finals. Meanwhile the CAF Confederation Cup is now in full swing after all eight clubs played their Matchday 2 games in the last few days. Stoppage Time International Football Blog reviews the latest action in African continental club competition.

CAF: Mazembe win; Record champions in stalemate

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Given Singuluma scored twice for TP Mazembe in their 2-0 away win at Dynamos

The opening matchday of the African Champions League took place this weekend and it was a good one for defending champions TP Mazembe whose campaign goes from strength to strength following a 2-0 win in Zimbabwe. Record champions Al Ahly, however, had to come from behind to snatch a draw away at Nigerians Heartland FC.

TP Mazembe End 40 Years of Hurt

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Imitation is the highest form of flattery and UEFA will know they've done something truly remarkable, when football federations around the globe start naming competitions Europa League. For the time being though, the Champions League remains the blue print for glamorous international club competitions.

Kano Pillars, Ahly Killers - African Champions League 2009 Spices Up

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Al-Merreikh - Sudanese spiritThe African Champions League is back on our radars at the moment after the draw for the tournament's 2009 final eight group stage took place last week.And while...


ASEC Mimosas: Ivory Coast’s Football Factory?

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"Les Elephants", the footballers of the Ivory Coast, help captivate and enthrall a nation while playing against Madagascar: large outdoor television flicker and the metropolis of Abidjan rustles. Arouna Kone (PSV) crosses to Salomon Kalou (Chelsea) at the edge of the area; the supporters swell in deliverance as he belts the ball into the Malagasy net.

Sudan’s domestic players show Africa the benefit of team-work

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After what we've seen at this year's Africa Cup of Nations it's perhaps a little foolish to talk in terms of more shocks. Why should we continue to be shocked when our predictions are continually thrown back in our faces time after time?

Sudan became the latest side to upset the African apple cart when they qualified for the quarter finals last night.

Africa Cup of Nations 2012 Group A: Senegal 1 Zambia 2

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Read any preview of the Africa Cup of Nations and you'll read expert after expert talk of Senegal's striking talent. Football being football Saturday's tie between the Terranga Lions and Chipolopolos didn't really turn out that way. The undoubted talents of Moussa Sow, Demba Ba, Pappis Cisse and Mamadou Niang failed to fire and it was the trio of Christopher Katongo, Rainford Kalaba and Emmanual Mayuka who impressed.

Club World Cup

FIFA: Double strike helps Kashiwa defeat Auckland

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The FIFA Club World Cup officially got under way today with two goals just before half-time giving Kashiwa Reysol a 2-0 win over Auckland City in the qualifying play-off to send the Japanese club through to the quarter-finals.

Kashiwa, who clinched the 2011 J-League title last weekend, had Junya Tanaka and Masato Kudo to thank as the pair struck in the 37th and 40th minutes respectively to send the host nation's representatives into the next round.

Inter Milan lift Club World Cup crown

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — European champions Inter Milan lifted the Club World Cup on Saturday after a 3-0 win in the Abu Dhabi final over African champions TP Mazembe. The Italians largely dominated proceedings and had the match in their pockets once Goran Pandev and Samuel Eto'o had bagged goals in quickfire succession [.


The African Champions League Exists….And It’s Exciting

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With this piece by new contributor Matthew Pentz, TSG kicks off it's African soccer coverage.

The Forgotten Footie Continent

The African Champions League exists mostly, if not completely, on the periphery of the soccer world. The tournament blends a strong history, passionate fans, and an up-and-coming class of young players, however, and its semifinalists each have a bit of the underdog in them.

African Nations Championships 2011

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The African Nations Championship (or CHAN) is unique amongst international football tournaments in that nations are restricted to selecting only domestic players in their squads. The 2011 edition of this tournament begins this week in Sudan with the hosts taking on Gabon in Khartoum.

As the competition only allows the selection of domestically based players the standards of each respective international side is a little different to "full internationals".

Kidiaba stars in Mazembe Super Cup win

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa Veteran goalkeeper Muteba Kidiaba starred as Club World Cup runners-up TP Mazembe from the Democratic Republic of Congo collected a seventh African title Saturday. Kidiaba saved a shootout kick against FUS Rabat from Morocco in southern Congolese city Lubumbashi and then converted a penalty to give his team a 9-8 victory [.

FIFA: Internazionale are world champions

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UEFA Champions League holders Internazionale FC of Milan are the new FIFA Club World Cup winners having defeated surprise package TP Mazembe of Africa by a 3-0 scoreline in Abu Dhabi this evening. Goals from Goran Pandev, Samuel Eto'o and late substitute Jonathan Biabiany sealed the deal for the Nerazzurri and gifted coach Rafael Benítez with his second trophy as coach of the Milanese giants having won the Italian Super Cup at the start of the season.

Mazembe pulls historic win over Internacional

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates African champions Tout Puissant Mazembe pulled off the biggest shock in the 10-year history of the Club World Cup by beating Internacional 2-0 in the semifinals here on Tuesday. The side from the Democratic Republic of Congo prevailed through fine second-half strikes by Mulota Kabangu and Dioko Kaluyituka to [.

A Final Farewell to Robert Enke

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Eight days ago I tried to read up on African Champions League winners TP Mazembe, while keeping an eye on the game between Hannover and Hamburg. It was a frustrating experience, because I had to realize that neither my multitasking, nor Hamburg's ability to defend a lead was quite up to the challenge.

African football

Africa: Wydad and Espérance hold first leg advantage (+video)

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The African Champions League saw the first legs of the semi-final stage this weekend with narrow wins for Moroccans Wydad Casablanca and Tunisians Espérance.

Wydad Casablanca, African champions back in 1992, were fearful of wasting home advantage as their game against Nigerian champions Enyimba FC looked to be heading to a goalless stalemate.

CAF: Enyimba and Luanda ensure semi-final spots

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With just one matchday to play in the group stage of the CAF African Champions League only Nigerian champions Enyimba FC have secured a place in the semi-finals. Five teams kept alive their ambitions of progression into the final four of this year's competition and thus ensure an interesting finish to this stage of the tournament next weekend.

CAF: Mazembe and Espérance to contest final; ConFed Cup Review

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The two finalists for the African Champions League have been decided with defending champions TP Mazembe due to meet Tunisian side Espérance following this weekend's semi-final second legs. In the CAF Confederation Cup the four semi-finalists were already known prior to this weeknd's final group match fixtures.

Al Ahly vs JS Kabylie – Egypt vs Algeria in club format

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Al-Ahly's Mohamed Aboutreika against JS Kabylie in Tizi-Ouzou

The African Champions League will renew old North African rivalries this weekend, as Egyptian side Al-Ahly take on JS Kabylie from Algeria in Cairo.

CAF: First legs could prove decisive in African club competitions

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Algerians ES Sétif were amongst the winners in the CAF Champions League 2nd round, 1st leg

The second round of the two major African club tournaments began this weekend with the first leg of each tie played from Friday to Sunday. In both competitions there was a winner in all but one match so a number of the clubs participating in Africa's club competitions can fancy their chances of further progress.


Football and the Revolution in Egypt

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While the protests in Egypt have subsided from their peak last week, hardy anti-Mubarak protesters still occupy Tahrir Square in the capital, Cairo. While the world was enraptured with images broadcast by organizations able to avoid the secret police, such as Al-Jazeera, what effect did the protests have on football in the country?

Egypt suspends all matches amid political uproar

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CAIRO, Egypt Egyptian soccer authorities indefinitely suspended all soccer in the country Friday until there is a "return of stability" to a nation convulsed by protests and violence. The Egyptian Football Association said in a statement it was postponing league games across all four of its professional divisions, as well as youth and junior [.

The Rest

African Champions League: Ziri Hammar Scores Long-Range Rocket From Incredible Angle As Algers Beat CAPS Utd (Video)

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While European football concerns itself with the usual comings and goings of the summer transfer window,the Confederation of Africa Football Champions League is well under way, with the groups stages almost complete.

In a Group B clash betweenAlger (from Algeria unsurprisingly) and Zimbabwean side CAPS United, attacking midfielder Ziri Hammar lived up to his name by netting a thunderous effort just before the break.

Redknapp applies for Ghana football job – source

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Accra (AFP) – Former Tottenham and West Ham manager Harry Redknapp and ex-Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli have applied for the vacant coaching job with Ghana, a source at the African giants said Wednesday.

Redknapp, 70, whose most recent managerial post was with Jordan, is one of five candidates looking to succeed Avram Grant, who stepped down after Ghana finished fourth at the Africa Cup of Nations in February.

Chelsea v Newcastle Match Facts and Predictions

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Attacking Soccer.

Chelsea v Newcastle Preview

It could be a long day in London for Newcastle this weekend as they travel to Stamford Bridge to face the wounded beast that is Chelsea who's 14 match unbeaten run came to an end against the Magpie's when last they met and with no manager, an inexperienced keeper and Papisse Cisse on African Nations Cup duty Chelsea should easily get revenge for their embarrassing loss at St James Park in the reverse fixture.

African football weekly review 28th February to 5th March 2012

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Team of the Week

African team of the week

Selection of a goalkeeper was pretty easy this week. Ivory Coast international keeper Boubacar Barry not only kept a clean sheet against Westerlo but he also scored a 63rd minute penalty to help his side Lokeren win four goals to nil.