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Rogin the Armchair fan
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1. JS Kabylie are an Algerian club, who were formerly known as JE Tizi Ouzou (and won the trophy twice under that name in the 1980s). The name change to Kabylie came about in honour of the Kabyle people, Algeria's largest ethnic Berber group, from whom the club draws much of its support. It is alleged at the moment that Berber separatists in Tizi Ouzou are linked to Al-Qaeda, in apparently seeking an Islamic state to overthrow the present Arab Republic.

2. Enyimba, the Nigerian team who won the trophy in 2003 and 2004, has a name that means "Elephant" in the Igbo language. Igbo is the main language in southeast Nigeria and northern Cameroon, including the city of Aba where Enyimba are from. Never heard of Igbo? Neither had I. It's the first language of around 20 million people.

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Etienne
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During WW1, the French spoke of the Kabyles as a distinctly different nation/race with very different national/racial characteristics from the Algerians.
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ursus arctos
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I found JE Tizi Ouzou to be marvellously exotic when I first started reading France Football regularly, especially because I though their name was "Jet" as opposed to the more mundane "JE" (for Jeunesse) "T" for Tizi-Ouzo.. The club actually was originally called JS Kabyle and established as an alternative to the colonial team from the area, they changed to JET in the late 70s/early 80s or so, during a period when foreign investment was being encouraged. Like Nantes and Norwich, they play in green and yellow. Rabah Madjer is Kabyle, but I'm not sure he ever played for them. Moussa Saib did.

Malcolm X has spoken about the Igbo on here before. I have a vague idea that Obafemi Martins is Igbo, but that could easily be wrong.

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Antonio Gramsci
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Igbo = Biafrans, which perhaps more people would have heard of. I'm not sure about Martins, but Kanu is definietely Igbo, as is Jon Obi Mikel.

I believe Zidane is Kabyle. Or at least his parents come from the Kabylie region.

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