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Football Club Renaissance du Congo

image by Ivan Sache, 16 June 2019

Football Club Renaissance du Congo (FCR) and nicknamed "the Orange Club" was established on 16 June 2014 in Kinshasa, as Club Sportif Imana, seceding from Daring Club Motema Pembe (itself renamed to Daring Club Motema Imana in 2015). FCR adopted its definitive name one month later.

FCR won the 2016 Cup of Congo against CS Don Bosco (2-0) and was promoted to the top league (Linafoot) for the 2016-2017 season.  FCR was ranked 3rd in the West Regional Division, advancing to the national, (final round) where it was ranked 8th and last. In the 2017-2018 season, FCR was ranked 8th in the West Regional Division.

An internal crisis broke out in the beginning of the 2018-2019 season after FCR started the season with a defeat to AC Rangers (0-2) and a draw with Dragons (0-0).  On 06 October, the club lost at home 0-6 to Tout Puissant Mazembe. Bishop Pascal Mukuna, the founding president of the FCR, sacked the coach, Chico Mukeba.  After he was bitterly criticized for his management, having also marginalized the two other co-founders of the club, Antoine Musanganya and Roger N’Singi, and suppressed the Barumbu supporter's section, Mukuna resigned from the presidency on 11 October 2010. The club's situation subsequently improved with FCR ranked 9th out of 16 in the final classification of Linafoot (organized that season in a single, national division).

In the aftermath of his victory in the Cup of Congo, FCR qualified for the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup. The club was defeated in the preliminary round by Akanga FC (Gabon), 0-0 and 0-1.

The flag of FCR is vertically divided light green-white-orange (~2:3:2) with the club's emblem in the center.
Ivan Sache, 16 June 2019

Olympic Committee of the DR Congo

Image by Tomislav Šipek, 13 June 2018

The flag of the Olympic Committee of the Democratic Republic of Congo has a white background with the Olympic Committee logo in the centre.
Tomislav Šipek, 13 June 2018

  Image by Zachary Harden, 12 June 2018

The Zaire Olympic Committee (Comité national olympique zaïrois, IOC Code ZAI) was a continuation of the DR Congo Olympic Committee which was initially formed in 1963 and was recognized by the International Olympic Committee on 31 December
1967. DR Congo used this name between 1971 until 1997 and first competed as Zaire in 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. It was not until the 2000 Sydney Games that Zaire was changed back to DR Congo.

According to "3 mars 1976 DÉCISION OLYMPIQUE 003/76 portant création et protection des emblèmes olympiques du Comité national olympique zaïrois" (3 March 1976 - Olympic Decision 003/76 - The creation and protection of the Olympic Emblems and of the Zaire National Olympic Committee)  a flag that was created for the Olympic Committee. 

According to the law, the flag used at that time was green with the golden Olympic rings in the centre.  Above the rings was a grey torch with a red flame similar to that found on the national flag used at that time. Unfortunately, there is no picture of the flag or emblem to confirm this and the illustration above is based on the badge used at the 1988 Games.
Zachary Harden, 12 June 2018

Tout Puissant (TP) Mazembe Football Club

TP Mazembe (nicknamed "The Ravens") is the most successful football club in Democratic Republic of Congo.  The club was established in 1939 in Elisabethville (now Lubumbashi) by the Benedictine missionaries who managed the Saint-Boniface Institute. Named FC Saint Georges for the Scouts' patron saint, the club was registered in the First League of the Fédération Royale des Associations Sportives Indigènes (FRASI). The Club was renamed the Saint Paul FC in 1944.  The Club was subsequently taken over by a tyre manufacturing company, Englebert, and accordingly renamed to FC Englebert.  In its first season, the newly renamed club was undefeated and won the League. This was celebrated by a adding "Tout Puissant" (All Mighty") to the club's name.

TP Mazembe has won 17 national championships and five Cups of Congo.  The club played four finals of the African Cup of Champions Clubs in a row, winning in 1967 (to Asante Kotoko, Ghana: 1-1, 2-2) and 1968 (to Étoile Filante de Lomé, Togo: 5-0, 1-4), and being defeated the next two years (1969 to Ismaily FC, Egypt: 2-2; 1-3; 1970 to Asante Kotoko, Ghana: 1-1, 1-2) ). Up to now TP Englebert is the only club to have won
two Champions' Cup in a row.

After a long period of absence from the continental scene, TP Mazembe won the African Cup Winners' Cup in 1980 (to Africa Sports, Côte d'Ivoire: 3-1, 1-0), a third Champions League in 2009 (to Heartland FC,
Nigeria: 1-2, 1-0), a fourth one in 2010 (to Espérance Sportive de Tunis, Tunisia: 5-0, 1-1), and a fifth in 2015 (to USM Algiers, Algeria: 2-1, 2-0).
Ivan Sache, 16 June 2019

image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 18 Dec 2015

TP Mazembe Football Club is located in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo.  It was one of eight teams to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup in Japan in December 2015.

TP Mazembe FC used a very elaborate flag which has a white background with five black five-pointed stars arranged vertically in the fly and one silver (grey) five pointed star in the centre near the hoist.  The club's logo, a brown crocodile holding a football in its mouth, is in the center of the flag surrounded by the team’s name and foundation year.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 18 Dec 2015

image by Ivan Sache, 16 June 2019

An image here shows another variant of the club's flag which comprises seven equal horizontal black and white stripes, four black and three white, with the club's new crest in the centre. Another flag variant can be seen on their official Facebook profile picture gallery.
Esteban Rivera, 19 Dec 2015