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Founded by Benedictian monks in 1939, TP Englebert Mazembe are the most successful club side to emerge from the Democratic Republic of Congo and also one of the leading names in African football.
They hold the unique distinction of playing in four successive MTN CAF Champions Cup finals from 1967 to 1970, winning the first two and losing the last two. Only one club have ever matched that feat in the 40 years of African club competition -- Al Ahli of Egypt reaching four finals between 205 and 2008.
To add to their pedigree, TP Mazembe have also won the African Cup Winners Cup again, the double of the Champions Cup and Cup Winners Cup being a rare distinction in the annals of African soccer history.
Their Cup Winners Cup success came in 1980 when they beat Africa Sports from Cote dIvoire in the final.
TP Mazembe again proved their pedigree -- and longevity -- by reaching the semifinals of the 2002 Africans Champions League, where they narrowly lost to eventual winners Zamalek. In DR Congo domestic competition, TP Mazembe have been national champions nine times and won five national cups.
In 1966, the club was restructured and won the domestic triple by taking the national championship, the Congo Cup and the Katanga Cup in a single season, before embarking on their unpredicted run in continental club competition.
Famous Congolese stars like Pierre Kalala, Robert Kazadi and Leonard Saidi all hail from the club and are among the legends of the African game, winning Nations Cup titles and competing at the 1974 World Cup finals.
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