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Letters from Shanghai: The mediocrity remains, but is Drogba on the horizon?

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By Andrew Crawford, writing from Shanghai

The dust has started to settle on the ugly coup that ousted Jean Tigana from the Shanghai Shenhua dug out last month- but that doesn't mean things have improved.

Shenhua's last game, another dull, uninspiring 0-0 draw against Shanghai Shenxin at the Hongkou was the fourth game in a row that the former have gone without scoring a goal.

Congo Tragedy: Team Loses Twenty Returning From Friendly

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For every heart-warming resolution to a heart-stopping sometimes literally tragedy in and around the sport, such as the case with Fabrice Muamba, there seems to be one which doesn't turn out as such. This time, it's twenty such cases.

Twenty players AC Virgin Ka, a team from the Democratic Republic of Congo, died earlier this week when returning from a friendly.

Fabrice Muamba “Critically Ill” In Hospital After Collapsing On Pitch At White Hart Lane

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By Alan Duffy

Democratic Republic of Congo-born England U21 midfielder Fabrice Muamba remains critically ill in hospital tonight after suffering what appeared to be a heart attack on the pitch in the first half of Bolton's FA Cup clash with Tottenham at White Hart Lane (which was abandoned by referee Howard Webb).

FA Cup match abandoned, players pray after Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba collapses

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Bolton's 23-year-old midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed in the 42nd minute of his side's FA Cup match against Tottenham on Saturday, prompting resuscitation efforts on the pitch as both teams and every fan at White Hart Lane looked on in horror. After Muamba, a husband and father of one, was carried off while still undergoing treatment, the match was abandoned.

More from Orlando, Reserve League schedule released, WPS news, more

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Look for player ratings, analysis and a photo essay from the weekend's 1–1 draw with Orlando City later today.

More local reports on the daraw from Reeves' Army, a photo essay from, and this TV report from 9.

Nizar Khalfan has been called up for the Tanzanian National Team's friendly against Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday ahead of Tanzania's 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique on Feb.

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.

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 [.

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 [.

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 [.

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.

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The Club World Cup reaches its climax and will have a fresh feel to it. The image of Barcelona is changed and Sepp Blatter makes the headlines for the wrong reason.

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 [.

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Five things you may have missed…

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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 →

FIFA: Inter shocked as TP Mazembe make history

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African champions TP Mazembe have made history defeating Copa Libertadores champions SC Internacional by two goals to nil to secure a berth in the FIFA Club World Cup final, the first time a team from outside Europe or South America has achieved such a feat.

Brazilians Internacional, who won this tournament in 2006, had plenty of chances to score in the game but they found Mazembe's keeper Muteba Kidiaba in inspired form as he made many saves throughout the game.

Who will win the African Champions League?

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The African Champions League final takes place this weekend. Holders of the trophy TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo will face Tunisian side Esperance. The tie promises to be a competitive affair as both teams came through tough semi final matches to reach the final.

Most Mazembe players will be familiar with the pressures of playing in the final having won the African Super Cup earlier this year.

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.

CAF: African club competitions resume after two month break

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Can record champions Al Ahly progress from the CAF Champions League group stage?

After a two month break which allowed for those national teams involved in the FIFA World Cup to prepare for that particular tournament it is back to African club competition this weekend. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League has reached its group stage with two groups of four teams battling it out for the semi-final places.

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Congo pull out of African Nations Cup bidding race

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CAIRO, Egypt The Democratic Republic of Congo have withdrawn their bid to host the 2015 or 2017 African Nations Cups, leaving just Morocco and South Africa in the running, the Confederation of African Football said on Tuesday. African football's governing body will decide in January on the outcome of the bids but with just [.

23 for 2010 – France: World Cup Squad analysis pt.1 (Keepers & Defenders)

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French National Team for World Cup 2010 23 Man Squad –Who it might contain:

Goalkeepers/Guardiens de But –

Hugo Lloris (9/0) – This exciting young goalkeeper has been one of, if not the player of the season at Olympique Lyonnais this season, making some fabulous saves.

The Potential Nobility of Sport

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This sport particularly but also events like the World Baseball Classic and the Olympics connect us to the world beyond our shore. Soccer fans in particular are used to following the sport in Europe, sometimes in Latin America, and even more rarely in the other regional Federations. Be it the World Cup in South Africa, or this week's African Cup of Nations in Angola, the sport of soccer (by any name) has a means to connect us even slightly to the world around us.



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Dude (or Dudette). Seattle attacker Steve Zakuani has opted to suit up for his native Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire and not to be confused with Congo) instead of waiting on U.S. citizenship and a 'Nats chance. Well, there went a speedy, tricky left winger type with a high ceiling.

Stories of African (and English, and American) Soccer: Steve Zakuani and the Congo

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There is a significant degree of chance in the fact that the last two top overall picks in the MLS draft, Steve Zakuani and Danny Mwanga, were both originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Both players took circuitous routes to the league through the unpredictability of immigration and the strange concoction that is American college soccer.

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Mwanga, Rooney, racism, scandals: Round-up time!

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The round-up begins with a pair of strikers who have big decisions ahead of them.

After a Rookie of the Year caliber first season in MLS, Danny Mwanga is getting the early recruitment from the country of his birth. The Democratic Republic of Congo has asked Mwanga to join the national team.

Expansion team no more & other news

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With Saturday's win over the Energy Drinks (ending their five-game unbeaten streak), Peter Nowak says, "We think we can compete with any team. The tag of an expansion team is long gone." More reaction to the win from the Daily News, (1) and (2),, Soccer By Ives, Big Apple Soccer (Marquez blames tactics and "the condition of the field.

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Togo, Angola, and the World Cup

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Get a map of Africa and study the west coast of the continent. You'll notice that between Angola and South Africa is the country of Namibia. Squint a bit closer and look further up the map and you'll notice, between The Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo is a small area of land labelled as 'Angola enclave'.

Togo Attack –What Should CAF Do?

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Five months ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the Togo team bus comes under machine gun fire right after crossing the border into Cabinda, killing and injuring players and support staff and leaving them all shaken.

This is really bad news for AFCON, tragic for Africa and such terrible planning by the FIFA and the AFCON organising committee.

AFCON Crisis – Togo Bus Attack in Cabinda Angola

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With the African Nations Cup only days away and excitement building all over Africa, a terrible incident has threatened to derail the competition altogether

Togo's national team bus was machine-gunned by Angolan rebels on the Congolese border ahead of the African Cup of Nations. Reports on the extent of fatalities and injuries are still mixed, but it seems that the bus driver was fatally wounded and several players have been left in in serious condition.

Cabinda, Angola, Togo and the Africa Cup of Nations Tragedy

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In the comments to the previous post about today's attack on Togo's team bus in Cabinda (reminding Henry Winter that it's part of Angola, and not South Africa), Andrew Guest suggested we post a map of Cabinda to illustrate its complex relation to Angola. As we can see, Cabinda is an enclave of Angola, with what is called Zaire on the map (the Democratic Republic of the Congo) between it and Angola proper.

Togo Bus Attack in Angola ahead of African Cup of Nations: Reaction & Some Serious Questions

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So on the eve of the African Cup of Nations 2010, African football's jewel in the crown, tragedy strikes. As was reported earlier, the Togo national team bus was ambushed by gunmen and shot at on it's way from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the team's base in Cabinda, where they were due to play their Group B Cup of Nations matches.

Togo Bus Attacked at border of DR Congo and Angola…Not in South Africa

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Terrible news broke today that the Togo team bus was attacked on its way to the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, with machine gun fire leaving the driver dead and several players hurt.

The incident has many questioning the safety of players for the World Cup in South Africa.

Togo bus attacked by rebels

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Tragedy has struck ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations as several media outlets are reporting an attack on the Togo national team bus that was transporting them to Angola.

The BBC is reporting that a group of armed rebels opened fire on the bus as it crossed the border into the oil-rich nation.

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Last Chance to Bid for a signed Chelsea Shirt

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Last Chance to bid for signed Chelsea 2008/09 home football shirt

Oxfam are offering football fans the last chance to bid on a signed Chelsea 2008/09 home football shirt as part of an online auction that runs alongside The Oxfam Curiosity Shop which opened its doors on Friday last week. The auction closes tomorrow (Thursday 20th May) so fans have one more day to get their bids in.

All about Geoffrey Mujangi – Wolves new star winger

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I've been investigating into the past of Geoffrey Mujangi and have found some interesting things. Mujangi was born in Kinshasa, Zaire now the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1989. He came to Belgium already as a baby. He says himself that he learned to play football in the streets. But he played for a [.