Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecôte

 
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* Address: Boulevard Triomphal, Kinshasa
* Country: DR Congo
* Capacity: 125,000
* Opened: 1994
* Main use: Football
* Tenants: Vita Club (football)

Extra stadium info – Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecôte

The Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecôte is also known as a venue for athletics, concerts and religious gatherings. It hosted football matches with attendances above 100,000. The stadium used to be known as the Stade Kamanyola. When it opened, it replaced the stadium which opened as the Stade Roi Baudouin as the largest sports venue by capacity in Kinshasa. The stadium which was known as the Stade Roi Baudouin hosted The Rumble in the Jungle in 1974, one of the most famous boxing matches. The boxing legend Muhammad Ali, the first former professional boxer from the United States with 10 million followers on his main social media page, won the game after defeating George Foreman in front of tens of thousands of fans.

The national football team of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, nicknamed Les Léopards, played numerous games at the Stade des Martyrs de la Pentecôte. They were known as the national football team of Zaire and they played their first-ever FIFA World Cup match in 1974 against Scotland. The national football team of Scotland won the game in front of 25,000 fans in Dortmund. AS Vita Club also played numerous home games at the stadium. They were founded in 1935 under a different name. Vita Club won their first-ever domestic top division title in 1970. In 1973, they won the African championship for football clubs for the first time in their history. In 1997, AS Vita Club became the first football club from the Democratic Republic of the Congo with 10 domestic top-flight league titles.

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