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Cameroon
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Lions Indomables
(The Indomitable Lions)
Association Fédération Camerounaise
de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Paul Le Guen
Asst coach Yves Colleu
Thomas Nkono
Captain Samuel Eto'o
Most caps Rigobert Song (131)
Top scorer Samuel Eto'o (42)
Home stadium Stade Omnisports
FIFA code CMR
FIFA ranking 20
Highest FIFA ranking 11 (November 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking 62 (April 1997)
Elo ranking 20
Highest Elo ranking 12 (June 2003)
Lowest Elo ranking 76 (April 1995)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Flag of Cameroon (1957).svg Cameroon 9 - 2 French Somaliland France
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest win
Flag of Cameroon (1957).svg Cameroon 9 - 2 French Somaliland France
(Madagascar; 13 April 1960)
Biggest defeat
Norway Norway 6 - 1 Cameroon Cameroon
(Oslo, Norway; 31 October 1990)
Russia Russia 6 - 1 Cameroon Cameroon
(Palo Alto, California, USA; 28 June 1994)
Costa Rica Costa Rica 5 - 0 Cameroon Cameroon
(San José, Costa Rica; 9 March 1997)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1982)
Best result Quarterfinals, 1990
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 16 (First in 1970)
Best result Winners, 1984, 1988,
2000, 2002
Confederations Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2001)
Best result Runners-up, 2003
Olympic medal record
Men’s Football
Gold 2000 Sydney[1] Team

The Cameroon national football team, nicknamed Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions), is controlled by the Fédération Camerounaise de Football and is Africa's most successful side; Cameroon has qualified for the FIFA World Cup six times - in 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010- more than any other African nation. They were the first African team to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup, in 1990, losing to England in extra time. They have also won four Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics[1].

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History

Cameroon played its first match against Somalia in 1960, winning 9–2. They first qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 1970, but were knocked out in the first round. Two years later, as host nation, the Indomitable Lions finished third in the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations. They would not qualify for the competition for another ten years.

Cameroon qualified for its first FIFA World Cup in 1982. With the increase of 16 to 24 teams Cameroon qualified along with Algeria to represent Africa in Spain. Cameroon was drawn into group 1 with Italy, Poland, and Peru. In their first game Cameroon faced Italy and held on to a surprising 1-1 draw. Cameroon held Peru and Poland to 0-0 draws but failed to qualify for the second round.

Two years later Cameroon qualified for the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations, held in Côte d'Ivoire. They finished second in their first-round group before beating Algeria on penalties in the semi-final. In the final, Cameroon beat Nigeria 3–1with goals from René N'Djeya, Théophile Abéga and Ernest Ebongué to be crowned champions of Africa for the first time.

Cameroon qualified for the 1990 World Cup by surpassing Nigeria and beating Tunisia in the final round playoff. In the final tournament Cameroon were drawn into group B with Argentina, Romania, and the Soviet Union. Cameroon shocked the world by defeating holders Argentina 1-0 with a goal scored by Omam Biyick (header). Cameroon later defeated Romania 2-1 and lost to the Soviet Union 4-0, becoming the first side to top a World Cup Finals group with a negative goal difference. In the second round Cameroon defeated Colombia 2-1 with Roger Milla scoring two goals in the extra time. In the quarter finals Cameroon faced England. At 25 minutes England's David Platt scored for England. In the second half however Cameroon came back with a 61st minute penalty from Kunde and took the lead with Ekeke at 65 minutes. England however equalized in the 83rd minute with a penalty from Lineker. Lineker made in 3-2 for England with a penalty in the 105th minute. Cameroon had nearly created one of the greatest upsets in the World Cup.

The 1994 World Cup in the USA saw the adjustment of representation for three African teams qualify. Cameroon qualified with Nigeria and Morocco. In the final tournament Cameroon were drawn into group B with Sweden, Brazil, and Russia. After convincing 2-2 draw with Sweden, Cameroon were determined to make an impact. However a 3-0 loss to Brazil and a 6-1 loss to Russia effectively ended their hopes of glory.

The 1998 World Cup in France saw the increase of 24 to 32 teams. Cameroon qualified alongside five African countries. After qualifying as expected, Cameroon were drawn into group B with Italy, Chile, and Austria. Despite drawing with Chile and Austria, a 3-0 defeat to Italy saw Cameroon finish bottom of the group, and they were eliminated as a result. Cameroon notably had three players sent off in the course of the tournament, more than any other team, despite only playing three games out of a possible seven. They also had the highest card count per game of any team, collecting an average of four bookings in each match they played.[2]

Controversy about sleeveless and one-piece kits

Cameroon used sleeveless PUMA shirts at the 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali. FIFA, however, didn't allow Cameroon to use the same kits at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and black sleeves were added to the shirts.[3] The 2004 African Cup of Nations witnessed Cameroon again run into controversy regarding their kits. PUMA had designed a one-piece kit for the Cameroon team which FIFA declared illegal, stating that the kits must have separate shirts and shorts. FIFA then imposed fines on Cameroon and deducted six points from their qualifying campaign. PUMA argued that a two-piece kit is not stated as a requirement in the FIFA laws of the game. PUMA however lost the case in court, and Cameroon were forced to wear two-piece kits, but FIFA subsequently restored the six qualifying points to Cameroon.

2002 FIFA World Cup

Cameroon qualified for the 2002 World Cup in Korea-Japan clinching first place in their group which included Angola, Zambia, and Togo. Before the start of the World Cup, Cameroon ran into controversy sporting Puma sleeveless kits which they wore in the 2002 African Cup of Nations. FIFA immediately declared the kits illegal and black sleeves were added. Cameroon were drawn into group E with Germany, Ireland, and Saudi Arabia. Cameroon started with a 1-1 draw with Ireland after giving up the lead and later defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0. In their last game Cameroon were defeated 2-0 by Germany and were narrowly eliminated by the Irish who had not lost a game.

The death of a team member

In the 72nd minute of the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final between Cameroon and Colombia, midfielder Marc-Vivien Foé collapsed. He was pronounced dead several hours later. In the final against France, Cameroon wore shirts embroidered with Foé's name and dates of birth and death.

Missing out on Germany 2006

In the 2006 World Cup qualifying round Cameroon were drawn into group 3 with Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, and Benin. Cameroon led the group for most of time unitil their final game. On October 8, 2005 Cameroon drew with Egypt 1-1 while Côte d'Ivoire defeated Sudan 3-1. This result prevented Cameroon from making the World Cup.

2010 World Cup Qualification

In Cameroon's 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, the team was grouped with Gabon, Togo, and the Morrocan national football teams. After a slow start in their campaign, with a shocking loss to Togo, and drawing Morroco, the coach of Cameroon, Otto Pfister was fired and Frenchman Paul Le Guen was appointed to be new coach. Le Guen's appointment caused an uprise in Cameroon's spirits as they got a win against Gabon in Libreville, followed by another win against The Panthers four days later in Yaounde. One month later they defeated Togo in Yaounde by 3 goals. On November 14, 2009, Cameroon defeated The Atlas Lions of Morroco 2-0 in Fez in their last match of their campaign. Gabon would also be defeated by Togo 1-0 in Lome. Both results caused Cameroon to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[4]

Honours and achievements

Lions Indomptables former crest
Olympic Games :
  • 1 Time Gold Medalist (2000)
African Cup of Nations :
  • 4 Time Champion (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002)
All-Africa Games :
  • 4 Time Champion (1991, 1999, 2003, 2007)
Afro-Asian Cup of Nations :
  • 1 Time Champion (1985)
CEMAC Cup :
  • 2 Times Champion (2003, 2005)
  • 1 Time Runners-up
Central African Games :
  • 2 Times Champion (1976, 1987)
UDEAC Championship :
  • 4 Times Champion (1984, 1986, 1987, 1989)
  • 1 Time Runners-up
1995
2003

World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1930 to 1962 Did not enter
1966 Withdrew
1970 to 1978 Did not qualify
1982 Round 1 17 3 0 3 0 1 1
1986 Did not qualify
1990 Quarter-finals 7 5 3 0 2 7 9
1994 Round 1 22 3 0 1 2 3 11
1998 Round 1 25 3 0 2 1 2 5
2002 Round 1 20 3 1 1 1 2 3
2006 Did not qualify
2010 Qualified
Total 5/18 17 4 7 6 15 29

Confederations Cup record

Year Round GP W D* L GS GA
1992 to 1999 Did not qualify
2001 Round 1 3 1 0 2 2 4
2003 Second place 5 3 1 1 3 1
2005 to 2009 Did not qualify
Total 2/8 8 4 1 3 5 5

African Nations Cup record

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 4
Appearances: 16
Year Position Year Position Year Position
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Ethiopia 1976 Did not qualify Tunisia 1994 Did not qualify
Egypt 1959 Did not enter Ghana 1978 Did not qualify South Africa 1996 Round 1
Ethiopia 1962 Did not enter Nigeria 1980 Did not qualify Burkina Faso 1998 Quarter-finals
Ghana 1963 Did not enter Libya 1982 Round 1 GhanaNigeria 2000 Champions
Tunisia 1965 Did not enter Côte d'Ivoire 1984 Champions Mali 2002 Champions
Ethiopia 1968 Did not qualify Egypt 1986 Second place Tunisia 2004 Quarter-finals
Sudan 1970 Round 1 Morocco 1988 Champions Egypt 2006 Quarter-finals
Cameroon 1972 Third place Algeria 1990 Round 1 Ghana 2008 Second place
Egypt 1974 Did not qualify Senegal 1992 Fourth place Angola 2010 Quarter-Finals

Current squad

The following players have been called up for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Idriss Carlos Kameni 18 February 1984 (1984-02-18) (age 26) 55 1 Spain Espanyol
2 DF Gilles Binya 29 August 1984 (1984-08-29) (age 25) 11 1 Switzerland Neuchâtel Xamax
3 DF Nicolas N'Koulou 27 March 1990 (1990-03-27) (age 19) 4 0 France Monaco
4 DF Rigobert Song 1 July 1976 (1976-07-01) (age 33) 131 5 Turkey Trabzonspor
5 MF Aurélien Chedjou 20 June 1985 (1985-06-20) (age 24) 2 0 France Lille
6 MF Alexandre Song 9 September 1987 (1987-09-09) (age 22) 14 0 England Arsenal
7 MF Landry N'Guémo 28 November 1985 (1985-11-28) (age 24) 5 1 Scotland Celtic
8 DF Geremi Njitap 20 December 1978 (1978-12-20) (age 31) 107 11 Turkey Ankaragücü
9 FW Samuel Eto'o 10 March 1981 (1981-03-10) (age 29) 87 42 Italy Internazionale
10 MF Achille Emana 5 June 1982 (1982-06-05) (age 27) 26 3 Spain Real Betis
11 MF Jean Makoun 29 May 1983 (1983-05-29) (age 26) 30 9 France Lyon
12 DF Henri Bedimo 4 June 1984 (1984-06-04) (age 25) 0 0 France Lens
13 MF Somen Tchoyi 29 March 1983 (1983-03-29) (age 26) 4 1 Austria Red Bull Salzburg
14 FW Paul Alo'o Efoulou 12 November 1983 (1983-11-12) (age 26) 4 0 France Nancy
15 FW Pierre Webó 20 January 1982 (1982-01-20) (age 28) 22 8 Spain Mallorca
16 GK Souleymanou Hamidou 22 November 1973 (1973-11-22) (age 36) 40 0 Turkey Kayserispor
17 FW Mohammadou Idrissou 8 March 1980 (1980-03-08) (age 30) 27 9 Germany Freiburg
18 MF Eyong Enoh 23 March 1986 (1986-03-23) (age 23) 3 0 Netherlands Ajax
19 MF Stephane Mbia 20 May 1986 (1986-05-20) (age 23) 14 3 France Marseille
20 MF Georges Mandjeck 9 December 1988 (1988-12-09) (age 21) 2 1 Germany Kaiserslautern
21 DF Joel Matip 8 August 1991 (1991-08-08) (age 18) 0 0 Germany Schalke 04
22 GK Guy N'dy Assembé 28 February 1986 (1986-02-28) (age 24) 0 0 France Valenciennes
23 DF André Bikey 8 January 1985 (1985-01-08) (age 25) 15 2 England Burnley

Recent call-ups

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK Joslain Mayebi 14 October 1986 (1986-10-14) (age 23) 0 0 Israel Maccabi Ahi Nazareth
DF Sébastien Bassong 9 July 1986 (1986-07-09) (age 23) 2 0 England Tottenham Hotspur
MF Daniel Ngom Kome 19 May 1982 (1982-05-19) (age 27) 18 2 Spain Tenerife
FW Albert Meyong Zé 19 October 1980 (1980-10-19) (age 29) 19 2 Portugal Braga
DF Benoît Assou-Ekotto 24 March 1984 (1984-03-24) (age 25) 5 0 England Tottenham Hotspur
DF Armand Deumi 12 March 1979 (1979-03-12) (age 30) 4 0 Turkey Gaziantepspor
DF Pierre Womé (WCQ v. Morocco, 7 June 09) 26 April 1979 (1979-04-26) (age 30) 67 5 Germany Köln
DF Timothée Atouba 17 February 1982 (1982-02-17) (age 28) 24 0 Netherlands Ajax
2 DF Haman Sadjo (WCQ v. Cape Verde, 6 September) 28 November 1984 (1984-11-28) (age 25) 1 0 Cameroon Sahel
9 FW Gustave Bebbe (WCQ v. Cape Verde, 6 September) 22 June 1982 (1982-06-22) (age 27) 3 1 Turkey Ankaragücü
MF Eric Djemba-Djemba 4 May 1981 (1981-05-04) (age 28) 22 2 Denmark OB
MF Alioum Saidou 12 February 1978 (1978-02-12) (age 32) 15 2 Turkey Kayserispor
12 MF Alain Nkong (WCQ v. Tanzania, 21 June) 6 April 1979 (1979-04-06) (age 30) 23 10 Mexico Indios
14 MF Joël Epalle (WCQ v. Tanzania, 21 June) 20 February 1978 (1978-02-20) (age 32) 21 2 Germany Bochum
MF Modeste M'Bami 9 October 1982 (1982-10-09) (age 27) 28 7 Spain Almería
16 MF Marcel Ndjeng (WCQ v. Gabon, 07 June) 6 April 1982 (1982-04-06) (age 27) 0 0 Germany Augsburg
FW Aboubakar Oumarou 1 April 1987 (1987-04-01) (age 22) 0 0 Serbia OFK Belgrade
MF Mathias Chago 6 March 1983 (1983-03-06) (age 27) 0 0 Croatia Istra 1961
FW Franck Songo'o 14 May 1987 (1987-05-14) (age 22) 1 0 Spain Real Sociedad
FW Dorge Kouemaha 28 June 1983 (1983-06-28) (age 26) 2 0 Belgium Club Brugge
87 FW Owen Bell 14 May 1992 (1992-05-14) (age 17) 1 2 England Swindon Town

Managers

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Since 1992, squads for Football at the Summer Olympics have been restricted to three players over the age of 23. The achievements of such teams are not usually included in the statistics of the international team.
  2. ^ ""Top Cards - France 1998"". fifa.com. http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/archive/edition=1013/statistics/teams/topcards.html. Retrieved November 21, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Fifa bans Cameroon shirts". BBC Sport. 2002-03-09. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/africa/1862872.stm. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  4. ^ "Indomitable Lions roar through to record sixth finals". ESPN. 2009-11-14. http://soccernet.espn.go.com/report?id=262942&league=FIFA.WORLDQ.CAF&cc=5739. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 

External links


Simple English

Cameroon
Association Fédération Camerounaise de Football
Confederation CAF
Coach Otto Pfister
Most caps Rigobert Song (125)
Top scorer Samuel Eto'o (39)
World Cup
Appearances 6
First Apps 1982
Best result Quarterfinals (1990)

Cameroon national football team is the national football team of Cameroon.


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