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Best results of African men's national teams at the FIFA World Cup

Football 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.

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TP Mazembe squad in April 2011
TP Mazembe is a Congolese football club based in Lubumbashi. Their home games are played at Stade TP Mazembe situated in the suburb of Kamalondo. Its nickname is Les corbeaux (the ravens) despite having a crocodile with a ball in its mouth on the team crest. The team has a revenue of 14 million and attendances of 18,000. CS Don Bosco serves as a feeder club to the team.

The Congolese giants are one of the most successful teams in African football history. They have won the Linafoot (the top-division domestic league in DR Congo) a record 14 times, while they also have four CAF Champions League and two CAF Super Cup titles to their name. They finished runners-up at the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, where they were beaten 3–0 in the final by 2009–10 UEFA Champions League winners Inter Milan.

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A US Navy lieutenant plays football with a Djiboutian boy at an orphanage in Djibouti City, Djibouti.
Credit: United States Department of Defense

A U.S. Navy lieutenant plays football with a Djiboutian boy at an orphanage in Djibouti City. Football in Djibouti is controlled by the Fédération Djiboutienne de Football (Djiboutian Football Federation), and the nation has been a member of FIFA since 1994.

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Yaya Touré during a press conference in 2009
Yaya Touré is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder. He has played for and captained the Ivory Coast national team.

Touré is known for combining passing ability and physical power with technique. A versatile player, he aspired to be a striker during his youth and has played centre back, including for FC Barcelona in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final. He frequently plays as a box-to-box midfielder for club and country and often switches from defensive and offensive positions throughout matches. Touré began his playing career at Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas, where he made his debut aged 18. He was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

His performances attracted attention from Europe, playing for clubs in various European leagues. Touré played for Beveren in Belgium, Metalurh Donetsk in Ukraine, Olympiacos in Greece, and AS Monaco in France. In 2007, Touré moved to Barcelona, playing over 100 matches for the club and was part of the historic 2009 Barcelona team which won six trophies in one calendar year.

Yaya Touré then moved to Premier League club Manchester City in 2010, where he has since scored a number of key goals for the Citizens – most notably the only goals in the 2011 FA Cup semi-final and final. Touré has a distinguished international career with 82 caps for the Ivory Coast, representing the team in their first appearance in a FIFA World Cup, in the 2006 competition, and also played in the 2010 and 2014 tournaments. He is the younger brother of his Ivory Coast teammate Kolo Touré. They also played together at Manchester City for three years, before Kolo was transferred to Liverpool in 2013. Yaya himself left the club at the end of the 2017–18 season.


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