The Congolese football team known as TP Mazembe not only have an eye catching badge, but an attention grabbing history too.

Remarkably, the team was first formed by Benedictine Monks and missionaries who ran the Saint-Boniface Institute in the Congolese city of Lubumbashi. The intention was to diversify the local student activities for those less interested in priesthood. After initially being named after various patron saints, and then a tyre company that sponsored the team named ‘Englebert’ (a name that is still reflected in the club badge today), eventually ‘Tout Puissant Mazembe’ was born.

And if all that sounds bizarre – TP Mazembe’s badge shows a crocodile chowing down on a football lodged in its mouth. But what is the nickname of the team? Les Corbeaux, which translates as ‘The Ravens’…

But when it comes to football, TP Mazembe are not only one of the most successful teams in the Democratic Republic of Congo – they are one of the most successful teams on the continent of Africa. The club has sixteen Linafoot titles to their name, and became the first Africa team to reach the final of the FIFA Club World Cup in 2010, where they lost to Inter Milan.