The Indomitable Lions, as they are called is Africa’s most successful side as far as the World football is concerned; 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 4 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Cameroon qualified for its first FIFA World Cup in 1982 alongside Algeria to represent Africa in Spain with the increase of the number of teams from 16 to 24. They were 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. 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.
They shocked the world by defeating holders Argentina 1-0 with a goal scored by Omam Biyick. 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. The Lions were defeated 3-2 by England Cameroon qualified in 1994, 1998 and 2002 but could not make it to the second round. In the 2006 World Cup qualifying round Cameroon were drawn into group 3 with Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, and Benin. They led the group for most of time until their final game. On October 8, 2005 the Lions drew with Egypt 1-1 while Côte d’Ivoire defeated Sudan 3-1. This result prevented them from making the World Cup.
The race to the World cup 2010 was not a very smooth one for Cameroon. They were in same group with Gabon, Togo and Morocco. 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 appointed.
Le Guen’s appointment caused an up rise in Cameroon’s spirits as they got a win against Gabon in Libreville, followed by another win against The Panthers four days later in Yaoundé. One month later they defeated Togo in Yaoundé 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. Both results caused Cameroon to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Brazil will be their seventh World Cup - an African record - but Cameroon have only won one match in four editions since reaching the quarter-finals in 1990. The nadir came in 2010 when they lost all three group matches for the first time. This time Cameroon managed to qualified when 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 their play-off Coach: - Little-known German Volker Finke was named in May as Cameroon's seventh permanent or interim coach in four years. The 65-year-old was in charge at Freiburg for 16 years from 1991, making him the longest-serving manager in German league history.
Key Players: - Samuel Eto'o is the captain and a four-time African Footballer of the Year but it is off the field that his influence could be most telling. The Chelsea forward, 32, briefly retired from international football in September in the wake of a dispute with coach Volker Finke, and in the latest fallout with team-mates he then claimed there was a "plot" among them not to pass him the ball in the World Cup play-off against Tunisia. Eto’o has had a distinguished career including three Champions League winners’ medals with Barcelona and Inter Milan.
Jean Makoun (Rennes): Aged 31 and plays in the Mid field. Makoun is the driving force for Cameroon and has considerable tournament experience at three Nations Cup finals. A €14 million signing by Lyon in 2008, Makoun initially made his name at Lille.Free Download World cuo 2014