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Carlos Kameni
Personal information
Full name Idriss Carlos Kameni
Date of birth February 18, 1984 (1984-02-18) (age 26)
Place of birth Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Espanyol
Number 1
Youth career
?–2000 Kadji Sports
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2004 Le Havre 3 (0)
2002–2003 Saint-Étienne (loan) 0 (0)
2004– Espanyol 179 (0)
National team
2001– Cameroon 54 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:02, 3 August 2008 (UTC)
Olympic medal record
Competitor for  Cameroon
Men's Football
Gold 2000 Sydney Team Competition

Idriss Carlos Kameni (born February 18, 1984 in Douala) is a Cameroonian footballer who currently plays for RCD Espanyol in the Spanish first division, as a goalkeeper.


Club career

Kameni was first spotted when, aged 16, he became the youngest footballer to win an Olympic gold medal, in 2000.[1] This earned him a move to French club Le Havre AC but he was unable to break into the first team, and remained a reserve throughout his four-year stay, also being loaned to AS Saint-Étienne, and also failing to gain any playing time there.

Kameni almost moved to Premier League Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan for 2003–04, but the deal collapsed after he was not granted a UK work permit.[2] Aged 20, he finally left for Spanish side RCD Espanyol in July 2004, for $600,000,[3] and became first-choice in his second year, winning the Spanish Cup as second-choice to Gorka Iraizoz, who started in La Liga. In 2006–07, the opposite: Kameni was the undisputed starter, so Iraizoz was picked for the Catalans' UEFA Cup runner-up campaign.

In 2008–09, a tense season for Espanyol, which ranked in the bottom three for a lengthy period, Kameni had two incidents: first, he had a near-physical confrontation with a fan (who first insulted the player) after a training session, in January,[4] then fought with teammate Grégory Béranger in another training session, in May.[5] He still featured in 37 out of 38 league contests, being essential to the side's maintenance and, during the campaign, also broke countryman's Thomas Nkono record of minutes without conceding a goal, at 497.

International career

A senior international since the age of 17, Kameni was part of the national team squads at the 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 African Cup of Nations, starting in all but in the first; in addition, he also represented the nation at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, also as first-choice (at only 19), for the eventual runners-up.

In 2002, aged 18, Kameni was picked for Cameroon's squad of 23 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He was named Best African Goalkeeper for 2006–07,[6] after being runner-up in the previous season.

Personal life

Kameni's older brother, Mathurin, is also a footballer, a goalkeeper, and a Cameroon international.





  • Best African Goalkeeper: 2006–07


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Simple English

Idriss Carlos Kameni
Personal information
Full name Idriss Carlos Kameni
Date of birth 18 February 1984 (1984-02-18) (age 27)
Place of birth    Douala, Cameroon
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Espanyol Barcelona
Number 1
Senior clubs
Years Club
Le Havre
→Saint-Étienne (loan)
Espanyol Barcelona
National team
2001- Cameroon

Idriss Carlos Kameni (born 18 February 1984) is a Cameroonian football player. He plays for Espanyol Barcelona and Cameroon national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
2000/01Le HavreDivision 200
2002/03Saint-ÉtienneLigue 200
2003/04Le HavreLigue 210
2004/05Espanyol BarcelonaLa Liga380
CountryFrance 30
Spain 1580
Total 1610

International career statistics


Cameroon national team


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