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Mamelodi Sundowns

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Established
1970 (49 years old)

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Soccer

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Loftus Versfeld Stadium
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Location
Pretoria

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Mamelodi Sundowns are a South African football club based in Pretoria that plays in the Premier Soccer League.

Since the inception of the PSL in 1996 Sundowns have won the league title a record seven times and they are the current CAF Champions League champions and 2016 CAF Club Of The Year. They have also won the Nedbank Cup four times, and hold the joint record of three National Football League Championships and they are the only South African team to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup

Sundowns are owned by billionaire mining magnate Patrice Motsepe. The club's nickname, The Brazilians, is a reference to their uniforms, which echo those of the Brazilian national team.

Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club originated from Marabastad, a cosmopolitan area North West of the Pretoria CBD.

The club was originally formed in the early 1960s by a group of youngsters, among them were Reginald Hartze, Joey Lawrence and Bernard Hartze, to mention but a few, and it became an official football club in 1970.

The club was affiliated to the Federation Professional Football League in 1973 and the same year reached the finals of the Coca-Cola Cup where they played against Berea United and lost 5–3.

In 1978, the Federation Professional Football League threw their weight behind the then National Professional Football League. This meant the end of the Federation Professional Football League and the subsequent relegation of Sundowns to the second division.

For five years 'Downs battled to gain promotion and during that period the Sundowns management resolved to disband the club but instead the club relocating to Mamelodi in the early 1980s.

In 1984 South African football was the first sport to become non-racial and the National Football League was formed incorporating the top clubs in the country.

Sundowns earned promotion to the NSL in 1985 but in their first season in top-flight football, they found the going difficult until Zola Mahobe came on board and appointed Ben Segale as their coach.

In 1988, the ownership of the club fell in the hands of Standard Bank, which repossessed the club from Mr. Zola Mahobe. The club was under liquidation and a football family Angelo and Natasha Tsichlas spoke to the Bank and saved the club. They then formed a company with Abe Krok and bought 100% of the club.Under the Tsichlas/Krok leadership Sundowns become the best team in South Africa. They won the first NSL League Trophy with Angelo Tsichlas as a Coach.

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Lucas "Masterpieces" Moripe Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium having a capacity of 28,900 and is located in Atteridgeville, a suburb of Pretoria, South Africa. It is currently used mostly for football matches and serves as part-time home stadium of Premier Soccer League clubs Supersport United and Mamelodi Sundowns who also use the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

The stadium was named after former local soccer player Lucas Moripe. Until 2010 the stadium was known as Super Stadium.

The German national football team used it as a training venue during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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