2014 World Cup Team Profile – Cameroon
With the World Cup just a month or so away, Soccer Laduma continues to bring you profiles of each of the teams that will be participating in this year's competition. Finally, it'sthe Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.
Group A – CAMEROON
World Cup history
Brazil 2014 will be the seventh World Cup that Cameroon are playing in. The World Cup 1990 in Italy is still remains their best showing at this international event. Cameroon beat holders Argentina in the opening match and went on to become the first African side to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup. This great performance, however, was followed by group stage exits in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010 World Cups.
How they qualified:
They received a World Cup lifeline in June when FIFA awarded them a 3-0 win v Togo, who had fielded a suspended player. Cameroon had lost the match 2-0 but the ruling put them top of their group. They then beat Tunisia 4-1 in the play-offs.
Their 2010 World Cup campaign:
The 2010 World Cup it’s probably the one to forget for Cameroon. The Indomitable Lions lost all three of their Group E matches and finished last in their group and thereby failed to get past the Group stage.
At 32, Samuel Eto’o remains one of the best strikers in the world. As the captain of the team the Cameroonians will be looking at the four-time African Footballer of the Year for inspiration upfront. In the middle, the Indomitable Lions will look at Alex Song, Stephane Mbia and Jean Makoun for inspiration, while the experience of Benouit Assou-Ekotto, Nicolas N’Koulou and Aurelien Chedjou will be vital at the back.
Volker Finke has been given the task of leading Cameroon to this year’s World Cup in Brazil. The German coach will be looking to emulate the achievement of the Cameroon squad that reached the quarterfinals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy. It remains to be seen if Finke, who has limited international coaching experience, can achieve this feat or let alone go through to the next round
13 June 2014: Mexico v Cameroon- Estadio das Dunas - 18:00 (SA Time)
18 June 2014: Cameroon v Croatia - Arena Amazonia - 24:00 (SA Time)
23 June 2014: Cameroon v Brazil- Estadio Nacional - 22:00 (SA Time)