Thursday, 18 October 2012

TOP TEN AFRICAN FOOTBALL CLUBS

1. Al-Alhly (Egypt)
Al-Ahly is an Egyptian sporting club. Founded in April 1907, Al Ahly was named in 2000 by the Confederation of African Football as the African Club of the Century. They have gone on to win the African Champions league a record six times. Al-Ahly has developed into more than a club over the years, but a universe. After Al-Ahly's original club in Gezira (in Zamalek district), Al-Ahly Founded two more clubs, one in Nasr City and one in 6th of October City (still under construction), the three of them continuously produce skilled youth talents day-by-day. Al-Ahly historically formed the first ever TV channel belonging to a cub in Africa, Al-Ahly TV. The channel went through great success since its formation, winning Egyptian sports TV channel of the year 2010 award from AlAhram Newspaper. Al-Ahly also became the first club in Africa (second in Middle-East after Al-Hilal KSA) to form an official store chain, Al-Ahly Official Stores in Nasr City and other locations around Cairo.

 2. Zamalek (Egypt)
Zamalek Sporting Club is an Egyptian sporting club based in Meet Okba, Giza, Egypt that plays in the Egyptian Premier League. The club was inaugurated under the name of “Kasr-El Nil Club“and was first headed by Belgian lawyer Merzbach. The name was changed to Mokhtalat in the year 1913 and was named after King Farouk in 1940, before finally settling as Zamalek after the 1952 Egyptian revolution. Having won 11 league titles, 21 Egyptian cups, 5 CAF Champions League titles, 3 CAF Super Cups and the African Cup Winners' Cup, Zamalek is one of the most successful teams in the history of African football. The club has consistently produced some talents in Egyptian & African football.

 3. Esperance Sportive de Tunis (Tunisia)
Esperance Sportive de Tunis is a sports club based in Tunis, Tunisia. It fields several sport teams in football, handball, volleyball, etc. It is a team from Tunisia that was founded on January 15, 1919. The Stade Olympique d'El Menzah is the club's home stadium. Since the beginning of the new century, the club has not managed to win any African title, but it has often qualified for advanced rounds in the Champions League. Slim Chiboub had to resign for these failures in 2004, even though the team has been Champion of Tunisia uninterruptedly for seven years, since 1997, reaching the magic number of 20 championships in the club history. His replacement at the presidency of the club, Aziz Zouhir, did not manage to be successful on the continent, even though the team reached 3 cup finals in a row, winning 2 cups and 1 championship on the national level. The football team kept changing with a lot of investments to bring the most talented players, even though it lacked stability on the coaching level, but the team managed to win 2 Champions Leagues (CL), one at the Arab level in 2009 and the other at the African level in 2011, both of them against the same finalist: Wydad Athletic Club (WAC), after failing in 2010 to win the CAF CL against Tout Puissant Mazembe (RD Congo).

 4. T P Mazembe (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Tout Puissant Mazembe, formerly known as Engelbert, is a Congolese football club based in Lubumbashi. Their home games are played at Stade TP Mazembe situated in Lubumbashi. Its nickname is Les corbeaux (the ravens) despite having a crocodile with a ball in its mouth on the team crest. In 2010, the club made FIFA Club World Cup history by becoming the first club team from Africa — and from outside the traditional continental powerhouses of Europe and South America — to enter the final after beating CONMEBOL'sInternacional of Brazil 2–0 in the semi-final. TP Mazembe defeated ES Tunis 6-1 on aggregate to win their 4th CAF Champions League Crown in 2010. TP Mazembe has revenue of €14 million and an average attendance of 18,000.

 5. Asante Kotoko (Ghana)
Asante Kotoko Sporting Club, also known as Asante Kotoko, is a professional football club from Kumasi, Ashanti. Based at Kumasi Sports Stadium they are competing in the Ghana Premier League. They have been champions of Ghana a record 22 times, and have won the CAF Champions League twice. The International Federation of Football History and Statistics ranked Asante Kotoko the African club of the 20th century. In July 2011, Asante Kotoko and English Premier League club Sunderland signed a partnership agreement, which will see the Sunderland offering practical support and advice in youth coaching, player development, fitness and medical matters as well as football business strategy to Kotoko.

 6. Asec Mimosa (Ivory Coast)
The Académie Sportive des Employés de Commerce Mimosas, literally Mimosas Commerce Employees' Sporting Academy, is an Ivorian football club based in Abidjan. The club is also known as ASEC Mimosas Abidjan and ASEC Abidjan, especially in international club competitions. Founded in 1948, they are the most successful side in Ivorian football, having won the Ivorian Premier Division 23 times and the 1998 CAF Champions League. In addition, ASEC's Académie MimoSifcom has produced a number of famous players now based in top foreign leagues, including Bonaventure Kalou, Didier Zokora, Emmanuel Eboué, Gervinho, Salomon Kalou, Romaric, Didier Ya Konan, Touré Yaya and Wilfried Zaha, all of whom have played internationally.

 7. Raja Casablanca (Morocco)
Raja Club Athletic (RCA) (Raja meaning 'hope' in Arabic) is a sports club with sections in many different disciplines in Casablanca, Morocco. Raja was founded on March 28, 1949 as part of the political struggle against French rule by nationalists who aimed to create a focus for working-class young Moroccans. The club is most well known outside Morocco for its football team. In Morocco, Raja Casablanca is still regarded as the club of the people. For many years it had a reputation of playing entertaining football without winning many trophies. However Raja has evolved recently into a more professional outfit capable of winning trophies at home and abroad. It has become the most powerful club in Morocco. Raja Casablanca is the only Moroccan club, and the first African and Arabic team to participate in the World Club Cup. They competed in the first edition that took place in 2000 in Brazil.

 8. Sportive Kabylie (Algeria)
Jeunesse Sportive de Kabylie (Tamazight: Ilemẓiyen Inaddalen n Leqbayel), (Arabic: شبيبة القبائل) known as JS Kabylie or JSK , is an Algerian professional association football club based in Tizi Ouzou. It draws its support from Kabyle football fans even outside the city of Tizi Ouzou. It was previously called JS Kawkabi (1974–77) and JE Tizi-Ouzou (1977–89). It is one of the richest and most successful clubs in Africa. Their current budget is approximately 2,500,000 euros. Their home stadium is Stade 1er Novembre. Their average attendance is around 10,000.

 9. Canon Yaoundé (Cameroon)
Canon Sportif de Yaoundé, commonly referred to as Canon Yaoundé, are a Cameroonian football (soccer) club based in Yaoundé. The club was formed in 1930 and play their games at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo. Their most successful period was in the 1970s and 1980s when they were a dominant force in Cameroonian and African football, winning eight national championships, eight Cameroonian Cups, three African Champions' Cups and one African Cup Winners' Cup. Some past notable players include Francois Omam-Biyik, Jules Onana, Jacques Songo’o and Pierre Wome.

 10. Etoile du Sahel ( Tunisia)
Étoile is one of the two clubs in the world, together with Italy's Juventus F.C., to have won all international club competitions organized by their respective continental confederation and the only one in Africa to have won all CAF club competitions. The Etoile Sportif du Sahel (ESS) (Arabic: النـجـم الرياضي الساحلي‎, often referred to as Etoile du Sahel, Arabic: النـجـم الساحلي‎) is a sports club from Soussein the Sahel region of Tunisia, known primarily for its football team. The club also has sections for handball, volleyball, basketball, judo and wrestling. In English the name means Sport (or Athletic) Star of the Sahel.

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