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Roger Milla
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Personal information
Full name Albert Roger Mooh Miller
Date of birth May 20, 1952 (1952-05-20) (age 57)
Place of birth Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1970 Eclair de Douala 061 00(6)
1971–1974 Léopard de Douala 117 0(89)
1974–1977 Tonnerre Yaoundé 087 0(69)
1977–1979 Valenciennes 028 00(6)
1979–1980 AS Monaco 017 00(2)
1980–1984 Bastia 113 0(35)
1984–1986 Saint-Étienne 059 0(31)
1986–1989 Montpellier 095 0(37)
1989–1990 JS Saint-Pierroise
1990–1994 Tonnerre Yaoundé
1994–1996 Pelita Jaya 023 0(23)
1996–1997 Putra Samarinda
Total 577 (275)
National team
1978–1994 Cameroon 102 0(28)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Roger Milla (born Albert Roger Mooh Miller, May 20, 1952) is a Cameroonian former football forward. He was one of the first African players to be a major star on the international stage. He played in three World Cups for the Cameroon national team. He achieved international stardom at 38 years old, an age at which most footballers have retired, by scoring four goals at the 1990 World Cup, helping the Cameroon team reach the quarter-finals. He was named one of the 125 greatest living football players in 2004 by the legendary Brazilian football player Pelé.

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Club career

Born in the Cameroonian capital of Yaoundé, he moved constantly as a child because of his father's railroad job. He signed for his first club in Douala as a 13-year-old. At 18, he won his first league championship with another Douala club.

In 1976, by which time he had moved to Tonnerre Yaoundé and was awarded the African Footballer of the Year award.

In 1977, he was lured to Europe by the French club Valenciennes. However, he was kept on the reserves for two years. In 1979, he joined AS Monaco, but shuttled between the reserves' bench and the injury list. The next year, he joined Bastia, but still did not flourish. He finally found stardom at Saint-Etienne in 1984; he then starred for Montpellier from 1986 to 1989, and became a member of the club's coaching staff after retiring from French football.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Cameroon League Cameroon Cup Total
1968-69 Eclair de Douala
1969-70
1970-71 Léopard de Douala 29 25
1971-72 30 20
1972-73 28 19
1973-74 30 25
1974-75 Tonnerre Yaoundé 29 23
1975-76 28 26
1976-77 30 20
France League Coupe de France Total
1977-78 Valenciennes Division 1 0 0
1978-79 27 6
1979-80 Monaco Division 1 16 2
1980-81 Bastia Division 1 30 9
1981-82 23 8
1982-83 29 13
1983-84 31 5
1984-85 Saint-Étienne Division 2 31 22
1985-86 28 9
1986-87 Montpellier Division 2 33 18
1987-88 Division 1 33 12
1988-89 29 7
Réunion League Cup Total
1989 Saint-Pierroise
1990
Cameroon League Cameroon Cup Total
1990-91 Tonnerre Yaoundé
1991-92
1992-93
1993-94
Indonesia League Piala Indonesia Total
1994-95 Pelita Jaya Liga Indonesia 23 23
1995-96
1996-97 Putra Samarinda Liga Indonesia
Total Cameroon
France 310 111
Réunion
Indonesia
Career Total

National team

While playing in France, he made his first appearance for the Cameroon national team (in 1978). He was a member of Cameroon's team at the 1982 FIFA World Cup, having a goal disallowed against Peru in their first match. Cameroon went out with three draws from their three first-round games. Two years later, he was part of the squad competing at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. He first retired from international football in 1987, and eventually moved to Réunion in the Indian Ocean for his retirement.

However, in 1990, he received a phone call from the President of Cameroon Paul Biya, who pleaded with him to come out of retirement and rejoin the national team. He agreed, and went to Italy with the Indomitable Lions for the 1990 World Cup.

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1990 World Cup

38-year old Milla emerged as one of the tournament's major stars. He scored four goals in Italy, celebrating each one with a dance around the corner post that has become a popular goal celebration ever since. Two of his goals came against Romania in Cameroon's second game, and two more came in extra time against Colombia in the last 16 to carry Cameroon to the quarter-finals – the furthest an African team has ever advanced at the World Cup (Senegal matched this feat in 2002). In the quarter-final match against England, Milla confirmed his super-sub legend, entering in the second half with Cameroon trailing 1-0 and setting up a brilliant goal and drawing a penalty shot to give Cameroon the lead before eventually losing.

1994 World Cup

Milla returned to the 1994 FIFA World Cup at the age of 42, being the oldest player ever to appear in a World Cup. Cameroon were knocked out in the group stages; however, Milla scored a goal against Russia, setting a record as the oldest goalscorer in a World Cup tournament.

Post-playing career

He is now an itinerant ambassador for African causes. In 2004, he was named to the FIFA 100, a list of the 125 greatest living footballers selected by Pelé in conjunction with FIFA's centenary celebrations.

Best African Player of the century

In 2006, Milla was chosen for best African player of the last century, ending up ahead of El Khatib and Hassan. The election was held by the CAF, the African football association.

References


Simple English

Roger Milla
Personal information
Full name Albert Roger Mooh Miller
Date of birth 20 May 1952 (1952-05-20) (age 58)
Place of birth    Yaoundé, Cameroon
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1969-1970
1971-1974
1975-1977
1978-1979
1979-1980
1980-1984
1984-1986
1986-1989
1990
1991-1994
1994-1995
Eclair Douala
Léopards Douala
Tonnerre Kalara Yaoundé
Valenciennes-Anzin
Monaco
Bastia
Saint-Étienne
Montpellier La Paillade
Saint-Pierroise
Tonnerre Kalara Yaoundé
Pelita Jaya
National team
1972-1994 Cameroon

Roger Milla (born 20 May 1952) is a former Cameroonian football player. He has played for Cameroon national team.

Club career statistics

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Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
CameroonLeague
1971Léopards DoualaMTN Elite one2925
19723020
19732819
19743025
1975Tonnerre Kalara YaoundéMTN Elite one2923
19762826
19773020
FranceLeague
1978/79Valenciennes-AnzinDivision 1286
1979/80MonacoDivision 1172
1980/81BastiaDivision 1309
1981/82238
1982/832913
1983/84315
1984/85Saint-ÉtienneDivision 23122
1985/86289
1986/87Montpellier La PailladeDivision 23318
1987/88Division 13312
1988/89297
CountryCameroon 204158
France 312111
Total 516269

International career statistics

Cameroon national team
YearAppsGoals
Total10228

References


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