Now the nation Congo DR national football team, formerly the Zaire national football team and well-known with nicknamed The Leopards.
Zaire were the first black African team to participate in a FIFA World Cup. At the 1974 FIFA World Cup Zaire were very disappointing. The team did not win a game or score any goals. Their 9–0 defeat against Yugoslavia still remains a World Cup record defeat. The team also popular with the funny moments when facing a free-kick 25 yards out during the 1974 World Cup finals match against Brazil, defender Mwepu Ilunga, upon hearing the referee blow his whistle, ran out of the Zaire wall and kicked the ball upfield, for which he received a yellow card. However, Ilunga has claimed that he was quite aware of the rules and was hoping to convince the referee to send him off.
The Zaire Adidas home strip of yellow shirts, green shorts and yellow socks, plus the reverse colour-scheme for the away strip, were vivid enough. What make the kits so popular the big circular logos emblazoned all over the shirts. The word 'Leopards' could be seen inside the circle pertaining to the team's nickname and 'Zaire' was shown beneath it.