Cameroon National Football Team 

The Indomitable Lions

 

The Cameroon national football team, nicknamed in French Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions), is the national team of Cameroon. It is controlled by the Fédération Camerounaise de Football and has qualified seven times for the FIFA World Cup, more than any other African team (in 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014). However, the team has only made it once out of the group stage. They were the first African team to reach the quarter-final of the World Cup, in 1990, losing to England in extra time. They have also won four Africa Cup of Nations titles.

      The Indomitable Lions

  

How they qualified
Drawn in perhaps the most open group in Africa, alongside Libya, Congo DR and Togo, Cameroon survived the challenge with the help of an overturned loss because of Togo's fielding of an ineligible player. Ultimately the Lions did enough anyway with a 1-0 defeat of the pace-setting Libyans in their final match that saw them finish with 13 points from six matches. Once in the final play-off round, they handled a tough task against Tunisia with aplomb. A scoreless draw on the road gave way to a 4-1 home win that has Volker Finke's side feeling confident about their trip to Brazil.

FIFA World Cup finals history 
Perhaps no team has done more to shake up perceptions of African football. The Indomitable Lions exited Spain 1982 at the group stage, but they ended their maiden excursion undefeated, having drawn 0-0 with both Peru and Poland and 1-1 with eventual winners Italy. Eight years later, they wrote themselves into the annals of the game by beating holders Argentina in the Opening Match and becoming the first African side to reach the quarter-finals, powered by the goals of evergreen striker Roger Milla. That breakthrough performance remains their finest showing, group-stage exits having followed in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010.

The key players 

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        Captain: Samuel Eto'o

Samuel Eto'o remains the world-class threat up front, although the charismatic figure, who still serves as captain, has gone in and out of the team. But even without the Chelsea veteran, the side if loaded with experience and high-level talent. Nicolas N'Koulou, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Aurelien Chedjou remain vital at the back, while the midfield is even more loaded with Alex Song, Jean Makoun and Stephane Mbia at the heart of the team.


              Coach: Volker Finke

Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup Italy 1990 (Quarter-finals), Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Sydney 2000 (Winners)
Former stars: Roger Milla, Marc-Vivien Foe, Rigobert Song

 

World Cup 2014 Brasil (Group A)

                                                      
Matches   FULL-TIME

 

12 JUN 2014 - 17:00 Local time

Arena de Sao Paulo
Sao Paulo

Brazil

     BRAZIL

 

 

3:1

 Croatia

   CROATIA

13 JUN 2014 - 13:00 Local time

Estadio das Dunas
Natal

 

Mexico

    MEXICO

 

1:0

 

Cameroon

CAMEROON

17 JUN 2014 - 16:00 Local time

Estadio Castelao
Fortaleza

 

Brazil

    BRAZIL

 

0:0

 

Mexico

    MEXICO

18 JUN 2014 - 18:00 Local time

Arena Amazonia
Manaus

 

Cameroon

CAMEROON

 

0:4

 

Croatia

  CROATIA

23 JUN 2014 - 17:00 Local time

Arena Pernambuco
Recife

 

Croatia

  CROATIA

 

1:3

 

Mexico

   MEXICO

23 JUN 2014 - 17:00 Local time

Estadio Nacional
Brasilia

 

Cameroon

CAMEROON

 

1:4

 

Brazil

    BRAZIL

 

 

Group A

  
 TeamsMPWDLGFGAPts
3 2 1 0 7 2 7
3 2 1 0 4 1 7
3 1 0 2 6 6 3
3 0 0 3 1 9 0