Style-conscious Congolese add touch of elegance to Cup

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Stadiums may not be full at the Africa Cup of Nations but the supporters who do turn out create a noisy and colourful atmosphere and in the case of DR Congo the government is giving a helping hand.

The DRC's capital Kinshasa is the home of "Sape", a French acronym short for the Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People, and one such group add a classy touch to their team's matches.

Style-conscious Congolese add touch of elegance to Cup

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Oyem (Gabon) (AFP) Stadiums may not be full at the Africa Cup of Nations but the supporters who do turn out create a noisy and colourful atmosphere and in the case of DR Congo the government is giving a helping hand.

The DRC's capital Kinshasa is the home of "Sape", a French acronym short for the Society of Ambiance-Makers and Elegant People, and one such group add a classy touch to their team's matches.

Seattle Sounders

Zakuani, Perez mark returns with assists as Sounders tie FC Dallas in Frisco

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FRISCO, TX - On a night where two stars made their returns to the starting lineup after lengthy injury layoffs, Seattle's Steve Zakuani and FC Dallas' Blas Perez each resumed their roles as key difference makers.

Steve Zakuani's leg snapped in reckless tackle by Brian Mullan (graphic video)

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In the 3rd minute of tonight's MLS match between the Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders, Brian Mullan offered Steve Zakuani an ugly challenge that sent one to the locker room and the other to the hospital. The pop is loud and clear and Zakuani's leg immediately goes to mush. Reports are that he fractured both his tibia and fibula and will require immediate surgery.

Chicago Fire vs. Seattle Sounders Quick Thoughts MLS #3: Da agony of da feet

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The Chicago Fire suffered their first loss of the season Saturday afternoon and it happened at the feet of the Seattle Sounders. The final score was 2-1 with goals coming from O'Brian White ('7) and Steve Zakuani ('25) for Seattle and Diego Chaves ( '8) for Chicago. O'Brian White picked up an assist on Zakuani's goal and Mauro Rosales hard a great cross to White on the header.


Bunbury, Sporting KC earn road win over Revolution

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After three straight games without a win, Teal Bunbury decided that it was about time Sporting Kansas City collected three points on Saturday night.

The striker took advantage of some sloppy play in the back by the New England Revolution, stealing the ball and scoring a breakaway goal in the 20th minute of an Eastern Conference showdown.

Swansea set to make £1.7m move

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Leroy Lita could be making a move back to the Premier League after top flight newcomers Swansea reportedly agreed to a £1.7m fee with Middlesbrough.

The Congolese-born striker has spent time in the Premier League before, where he started strong in Reading's first season in the Premier League back in 2006 but soon found himself out of favor.

Danny Califf

TRIAL: Patrick Kanyuka With Union During Open Practice

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Since the trade of Danny Califf, the Philadelphia Union have had little depth between the starting back line and a patchwork defense.

The team has brought in a few players, including former American youth internationals Andreas Chronis and Christian Ibeagha, to fill depth positions that have either gone unfilled or without able bodies.

Fans’ view: Alternate Union realities

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's the next in PSP's series of fan posts, with Union fan Seth Finck dreaming up alternatives to the Union's MLS malaise.Â

As I sit and watch the Union "play" another game as if it's their first and Bob Rigby confuses Zac MacMath for Zack Morris, I cannot help but think of how much I'd rather watch this team do just about anything than continue playing soccer at their current clip.

Union, Rapids Share Spoils in 1-1 Draw

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Danny Mwanga scored a second-half equalizer for the second time this season as the Philadelphia Union came from behind to draw the Colorado Rapids 1-1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Colorado's goal came via a controversial penalty kick goal that was converted by Conor Casey. Union defender Danny Califf was whistled for a foul in the area for pulling on the shoulder of Rapids midfielder Pablo Mastroeni.

TP Mazembe

No South Africa Visit – Magpies Scramble For Pre-Season Games

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It's hardly a big surprise, but the news this morning that Newcastle's attempts to play in the Vodacom Challenge in South Africa, along with the Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Congolese champions TP Mazembe, have now officially broken down. Newcastle play Cardiff City on August 11th Newcastle had apparently hoped to have made some big [.

Rafa Benitez’s Time Is Almost Up At Inter Milan

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It would appear that the last few grains of sand are about to run through the egg-timer of fate for Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan, with almost every news outlet in Italy claiming that the Spaniard is within a hair's breadth of the sack despite overseeing the Nerazzurri's fifth title of 2010 over weekend, albeit the utterly vapid FIFA World Club Cup bauble in Abu Dhabi.

Club World Cup Final: TP Mazembe vs. Internazionale

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TP Mazembe v Inter
Saturday, 2100 local, 1800 CET, 1200 EST

Despite the 'puncher's chance' and ample proof that TP Mazembe is for real, Inter is not Inter. Or Internacional is not Internazionale, at least. Apples and mangoes, if you will, and this is firmly, even more so than the semifinal, David v Goliath.

Let’s make some deals! More news

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While there has still been no official announcement that Faryd Mondragon will be joining the Union, this news from Germany seems to be another unofficial confirmation: former FC Köln keeper Markus Proll is on trial with the club to see if he is a suitable replacement for Mondragon.

Prost Amerika tabs Guillermo Barros Schelotto and Juan Pablo Angel as the top choices in today's second round of the Re-Entry Draft.

African Football Going From Strength To Strength

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African Football is going from strength to strength, fresh from South Africa hosting the World Cup Finals in the Summer and Ghana coming within one kick from reaching the World Cup Semi-Finals, Congolese club TP Mazembe have wrote another great chapter in African football by becoming the first African club team to reach the FIFA Club World Cup Finals.

Tottenham Hotspur

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TweetSwansea University student Liam Stacey has been sentenced for 56 days after posting racist tweets aimed at Bolton's Fabrice Muamba. Muamba collapsed unopposed during Bolton's FA Cup quarter-final clash with Tottenham having suffered a cardiac arrest. After laying stricken in hospital whilst anguished fans and fellow professionals sweated on whether or not the Congolese-born star [.

Premier League: Nel segno di Muamba

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Premier League: Nel segno di Muamba Di Raffaele Cautiero La ventinovesima giornata di Premier League è stata segnata da un incidente che ha sconvolto tutto il mondo calcistico inglese e cioè il grave infortunio accusato da Fabrice Muamba al 41esimo della sfida di FA Cup tra Tottenham e Bolton , infatti il giocatore congolese si è improvvisamente accasciato a terra e dopo pochi minuti i dottori

Liverpool Stroll Into FA Cup Quarters

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In a shocking turn of events, Liverpool strolled into the FA Cup quarter finals after a 6-1 win over Brighton at Anfield today. Well, Liverpool's win was not as shocking as Brighton conceding half of the 6 goals through own goals.

Brighton's Liam Bridcutt was on the Reds score sheet twice, scoring in the 44th minute and the 71st minute to cap off a horrible outing for the championship side.

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Neil Warnock's sacking at QPR could have some implications for Spurs' winter transfer plans if the new Loftus Road manager is given a transfer kitty worth up to £20m. Last week, Rangers are reported to have offered £5m for Christopher Samba while Warnock was still at the club and it's thought that the Congolese centre half remains a priority.

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One of the areas that Harry Redknapp will surely need to strengthen is in defence and with that in mind, there are a number of rumours today linking Tottenham with Elaquim Mangala. A defender of Congolese descent who current plays his football with Belgian outfit Standard Liege.

Mangala is just 20 and has so far made a dozen appearances for France at Under 21 level.

M'Vila Admits To Interest

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Rennes star Yann M'Vila has confessed his love for the Premier League with a number of top clubs reportedly tracking the midfielder.
Liverpool, Tottenham and Aston Villa have all registered interest in the 20-year-old who has recently broken into the senior French national team.
This catapulted the Frenchman of Congolese descent into the eyes of Europe's elite clubs despite being contracted to Rennes until the summer of 2014.


Mid-Day Ticker: PSG open to Beckham move, Diarra joins Fulham and more

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The David Beckham to Paris Saint-Germain rumors are back.

PSG sporting director Leonardo said despite Beckham's rejection of the wealthy club "the door is still open" to signing the English midfielder. Beckham, 36, cited family considerations as a major factor in his decision to stay in LA and re-sign with the Galaxy.

Arsenal set to fail in defender bid

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In a bid to bolster his often-injured back line, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been in hot pursuit of Blackburn center back Christopher Samba. Now, however, it appears the Gunners are set to miss out on the giant Congolese player.

Blackburn's owners the Venky Group have confirmed that they would like to hold on to Samba, with chairperson Anuradha Desai has called on her prized asset to stay at Ewood Park for one more year.

Arsenal raise bid for Samba to £10 million

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It is being reported this evening that the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is still adamant that the Blackburn defender Christopher Samba is the right man to strengthen the Gunners' defence from set-pieces next season, and has decided to increase his bid. Wenger originally went for Samba in January but was turned down point blank, and [.


English Eyes On Auxerre Ace

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Ndinga has impressed at Auxerre in the last couple of seasons after being snapped up from Congolese side Diables Noires.
The 23-year-old caught the eye during Auxerre's Champions League campaign this season and he is establishing himself as one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe.

Newcastle United's Kazenga LuaLua doing well on loan at Brighton

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The 19-year-old Congolese-English winger has been on loan at League One side Brighton & Hove Albion since September. He has four goals and three assists.

In the nine games Kazenga LuaLua has competed in, Brighton has six wins and three draws.

Will a call-up into England's youth squads be upcoming or will LuaLua play for his African birth nation?

The Rest

Newcastle Interested In Coventry City Top Young Midfielder

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Sky Sports News is reporting that Newcastle are planning a move for Coventry City's young star Gael Bigirimana. Gael Bigirimana 18 year-old Coventry midfielder The Burundian-born Congolese football player is 18 years old and plays in midfield, and he has so far played 26 times for Coventry with 16 starts.

Transfer Shots: QPR Twitch First In Samba Chase, Henry Rubber-Stamps Arsenal Return, Tevez Dines With Milan

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A quick round-up of the best of today's transfer to-ings and fro-ings...

QPR get twitchy...

It has been confirmed that QPR have blinked first and made the first move in the race to snafu Chris Samba from Blackburn, lodging a £5 million bid for the collosal centre-half.

Carvalho warns of TP Mazembe threat

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Internacional director and former president Fernando Carvalho has warned Internacional not to underestimate the threat of TP Mazembe in Tuesday's FIFA Club World Cup semi-final.

The Congolese club stunned Mexican's Pachuca with a shock 1-0 victory yesterday. Carvalho spoke to Radio Gaúcha where he affirmed the threat that awaited Inter.

Calcio, Amichevoli: Spagna travolta dal Portogallo, Italia pari in rimonta, Messi fulimina il Brasile

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Tante le amichevoli, molte le emozioni, parecchi i gol ai quali abbiamo assistito ieri sera. In campole varie nazionali di calcio, impegnate negli ultimi test del 2010.
Il risultato più importante arriva dalla supersfida tra Argentina e Brasile, risolta dal solito Messi con il guizzo vincente, nel finale di gara, che regala un prestigioso successo alla nazionale di Batista.

Zakuani joins DR Congo National Team

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Zakuani joins DR Congo National Team

The great wait is over and Steve Zakuani has made the decision to be Congolese; which if you've been reading this site for a while you likely suspected. He's been very vocal about his connection to his country of birth.

GameThread: Leg Two Seattle Sounders at Los Angeles - Down a Goal

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Down a goal.