Cameroon national football team

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Cameroon
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Lions Indomptables
(The Indomitable Lions)
Association Fédération Camerounaise de Football
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC
(Central Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Volker Finke
Captain Stéphane Mbia
Most caps Rigobert Song (137)
Top scorer Samuel Eto'o (56)
Home stadium Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo
FIFA code CMR
FIFA ranking 42 Increase 12 (18 September 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 11 (November 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking 79 (February 2013)
Elo ranking 66
Highest Elo ranking 12 (June 2003)
Lowest Elo ranking 76 (April 1995)
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
First international
 Belgian Congo 3–2 French Cameroon
(Belgian Congo; September 1956)
Biggest win
 Cameroon 9–0 Chad 
(DR Congo; April 1965)
Biggest defeat
 Norway 6–1 Cameroon 
(Oslo, Norway; 31 October 1990)
 Russia 6–1 Cameroon 
(Palo Alto, California, USA; 28 June 1994)
 Costa Rica 5–0 Cameroon 
(San José, Costa Rica; 9 March 1997)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1982)
Best result Quarter-final: 1990
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 16 (First in 1970)
Best result Champions: 1984, 1988, 2000 and 2002
Confederations Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 2001)
Best result Runners-up: 2003
Lions Indomptables former crest

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.

History[edit]

First games[edit]

Cameroon played its first match against Belgian Congo in 1956, losing 3–2. They first qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 1970, but were knocked out in the first round. Two years later, as host nation, the Indomitable Lions finished third after being knocked out by their neighbours and future champions Congo in the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations. They would not qualify for the competition for another ten years.

FIFA 1982 World Cup – the first time[edit]

Cameroon qualified for its first FIFA World Cup in 1982. With the increase of 16 to 24 teams Cameroon qualified along with Algeria to represent Africa in Spain. Cameroon was drawn into group 1 with Italy- future winners, Poland, and Peru. In their first game Cameroon faced Peru and drew 0–0. They then had a second goalless draw with Poland before a surprise 1–1 draw with Italy. Despite being unbeaten they failed to qualify for the second round.

African Nations, 1984[edit]

Two years later Cameroon qualified for the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations, held in Côte d'Ivoire. They finished second in their first-round group before beating Algeria on penalties in the semi-final. In the final, Cameroon beat Nigeria 3–1 with goals from René N'Djeya, Théophile Abega and Ernest Ebongué to become champions of Africa for the first time.

FIFA 1990 World Cup – Quarter Finals[edit]

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. Cameroon defeated defending champions Argentina in the opening game 1–0 with a goal scored by François Omam-Biyik. Cameroon later defeated Romania 2–1 and lost to the Soviet Union 0–4, 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 the 38 year old Roger Milla scoring two goals in the extra time. In the quarter finals Cameroon faced England. After 25 minutes England's David Platt scored for England. In the second half however Cameroon came back with a 61st minute penalty from Emmanuel Kundé and took the lead with Eugène Ekéké on 65 minutes. England however equalized in the 83rd minute with a penalty from Gary Lineker. Lineker made it 3–2 for England with a penalty in the 105th minute. The team was coached by Russian manager and former player Valeri Nepomniachi.

FIFA 1994 World Cup[edit]

The 1994 World Cup in the USA saw the adjustment of representation for three African teams qualify. Cameroon qualified with Nigeria and Morocco. In the final tournament Cameroon were drawn into group B with Sweden, Brazil, and Russia. After a 2–2 draw against Sweden, Cameroon were determined to make an impact. However a 3–0 loss to Brazil and a 6–1 loss to Russia knocked them out. In their last game against Russia, the then 42 year old Roger Milla became the oldest player to play and score in a World Cup Finals match. The team was coached by French born Henri Michel.

FIFA 1998 World Cup[edit]

The 1998 World Cup in France saw the increase of 24 to 32 teams. Cameroon qualified alongside five African countries. After qualifying as expected, Cameroon were drawn into group B with Italy, Chile, and Austria. Despite drawing with Chile and Austria, a 3–0 defeat to Italy saw Cameroon finish bottom of the group, and they were eliminated as a result. It was an unfortunate elimination, since Cameroon had led Austria 1–0 until the 90th minute, and had two goals dubiously ruled out in a 1–1 draw with Chile. Cameroon had three players sent off in the course of the tournament, more than any other team, despite only playing three games out of a possible seven. They also had the highest card count per game of any team, collecting an average of four bookings in each match they played.[1] It was also during this tournament that a certain Samuel Eto'o was exposed to Cameroonians. He was the youngest player of the tournament along side Micheal Owen of England. The team was coached by French born Claude Le Roy.

2002 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Cameroon qualified for the 2002 World Cup in Korea-Japan clinching first place in their group which included Angola, Zambia, and Togo. In a warm-up game, Cameroon again came close to being the first African team to defeat England, in a 2–2 draw. England as yet haven't been beaten by an African nation. Cameroon were drawn into group E with Germany, Ireland, and Saudi Arabia. Cameroon started with a 1–1 draw with Ireland after giving up the lead and later defeated Saudi Arabia 1–0. In their last game Cameroon were defeated 2–0 by Germany and were narrowly eliminated by the Irish who had not lost a game.

Missing out on Germany 2006[edit]

In the 2006 World Cup qualifying round Cameroon were drawn into group 3 with Côte d'Ivoire, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, and Benin. Cameroon led the group for most of the time until their final game when Pierre Wome Nleng failed to convert a late penalty. On October 8, 2005 Cameroon drew with Egypt 1–1 while Côte d'Ivoire defeated Sudan 3–1. This result prevented Cameroon from making the World Cup.

2010 World Cup Qualification[edit]

In Cameroon's 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, the team was grouped with the Gabon, Togo, and Moroccan national football teams. After a slow start in their campaign, with a loss to Togo, the coach of Cameroon, Otto Pfister, resigned. Frenchman Paul Le Guen was appointed as the new coach after a draw against Morocco. Le Guen's appointment caused an uprise in Cameroon's spirits as they got a win against Gabon in Libreville, followed by another win against the Panthers four days later in Yaounde. One month later, they defeated Togo in Yaounde by 3 goals. On November 14, 2009, Cameroon defeated the Atlas Lions of Morocco 2–0 in Fez in their last match of their campaign. Gabon was also defeated by Togo 1–0 in Lome. Both results caused Cameroon to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[2]

The Indomitable Lions were the first team to be mathematically eliminated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, going out in their second group match to Denmark after losing it 1–2, following a 0–1 defeat to Japan.

Controversy about sleeveless and one-piece kits[edit]

Cameroon used sleeveless PUMA shirts at the 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali. FIFA, however, didn't allow Cameroon to use the same kits at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and black sleeves were added to the shirts.[3] The 2004 African Cup of Nations witnessed Cameroon again run into controversy regarding their kits. PUMA had designed a one-piece kit for the Cameroon team which FIFA declared illegal, stating that the kits must have separate shirts and shorts. FIFA then imposed fines on Cameroon and deducted six points from their qualifying campaign. PUMA argued that a two-piece kit is not stated as a requirement in the FIFA laws of the game. PUMA however lost the case in court, and Cameroon were forced to wear two-piece kits, but FIFA subsequently restored the six qualifying points to Cameroon.

The death of a team member[edit]

In the 72nd minute of the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final between Cameroon and Colombia, midfielder Marc-Vivien Foé collapsed. He was pronounced dead several hours later. In the final against France, Cameroon wore shirts embroidered with Foé's name and dates of birth and death.

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to
Chile 1962
Did Not Enter
England 1966 Withdrew
Mexico 1970 to
Argentina 1978
Did Not Enter
Spain 1982 Group Stage 17th 3 0 3 0 1 1
Mexico 1986 Did Not Qualify
Italy 1990 Quarter-Finals 7th 5 3 0 2 7 9
United States 1994 Group Stage 22nd 3 0 1 2 3 11
France 1998 25th 3 0 2 1 2 5
South Korea Japan 2002 20th 3 1 1 1 2 3
Germany 2006 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 2010 Group Stage 31st 3 0 0 3 2 5
Brazil 2014 32nd 3 0 0 3 1 9
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
Total Quarter-Final 7/20 23 4 7 12 18 43

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did Not Qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Squad
France 2003 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 3 1 Squad
Germany 2005 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017 To Be Determined
Qatar 2021
Total Runners-up 2/9 8 4 1 3 5 5 -

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Sudan 1957
to
Tunisia 1965
Did Not Enter
Ethiopia 1968 Did Not Qualify
Sudan 1970 Group Stage 5th 3 2 0 1 7 5
Cameroon 1972 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 10 5
Egypt 1974
to
Nigeria 1980
Did Not Qualify
Libya 1982 Group Stage 5th 3 0 3 0 1 1
Ivory Coast 1984 Champions 1st 5 3 1 1 9 3
Egypt 1986 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 2 0 8 5
Morocco 1988 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 4 1
Algeria 1990 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 2 3
Senegal 1992 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 2 1 4 3
Tunisia 1994 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 1996 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 5 7
Burkina Faso 1998 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 2 1 1 5 4
GhanaNigeria 2000 Champions 1st 6 3 2 1 11 5
Mali 2002 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 9 0
Tunisia 2004 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 1 2 1 7 6
Egypt 2006 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 3 1 0 8 2
Ghana 2008 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 14 8
Angola 2010 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 6 8
GabonEquatorial Guinea 2012 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 2013
Morocco 2015 To Be Determined
Libya 2017
Total 4 Titles 16/29 71 37 20 14 110 67
*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Summer Olympics[edit]

Olympic Games Record
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
France 1900
to
Italy 1960
Did not enter
Japan 1964
to
West Germany 1972
Did not qualify
Canada 1976 Did not enter
Soviet Union 1980 Did not qualify
United States 1984 Round 1 11th 3 1 0 2 3 5
South Korea 1988 Did not qualify
Total 1/19 3 1 0 2 3 5
Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.

Schedule[edit]

Cameroon 2014 Record

Wins Draws Losses GF GA
5 2 5 16 19
Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition
Results
March 5, 2014  Portugal L 1–5 Portugal Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria, Portugal International Friendly
May 26, 2014  Macedonia W 2–0 Austria Kufstein Arena, Kufstein, Austria International Friendly
May 29, 2014  Paraguay L 1–2 Austria Kufstein Arena, Kufstein, Austria International Friendly
June 1, 2014  Germany D 2–2 Germany Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach, Germany International Friendly
June 7, 2014  Moldova W 1–0 Cameroon Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon International Friendly
June 14, 2014  Mexico L 0–1 Brazil Arena das Dunas, Natal, Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup
June 18, 2014  Croatia L 0–4 Brazil Arena Amazônia, Manaus, Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup
June 23, 2014  Brazil L 1–4 Brazil Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, Brasília, Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup
September 6, 2014  DR Congo W 2–0 Democratic Republic of the Congo Stade TP Mazembe, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo 2015 AFCON Qualification
September 10, 2014  Ivory Coast W 4–1 Cameroon Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 2015 AFCON Qualification
October 11, 2014  Sierra Leone D 0–0 Cameroon Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 2015 AFCON Qualification
October 15, 2014  Sierra Leone W 2–0 Cameroon Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 2015 AFCON Qualification

* Cameroon score always listed first

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 25 players were named for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Sierra Leone on 11 and 15 October 2014.[4]
Caps and goals updated as of 15 October 2014 after the match against Sierra Leone.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Guy N'dy Assembé (1986-02-28) 28 February 1986 (age 28) 12 0 France Nancy
1GK Fabrice Ondoa (1995-12-24) 24 December 1995 (age 18) 4 0 Spain Barcelona B
1GK Pierre Sylvain Abogo (1993-07-18) 18 July 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Cameroon Tonnerre Yaoundé
2DF Nicolas N'Koulou (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 24) 55 0 France Marseille
2DF Henri Bedimo (1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 (age 30) 34 0 France Lyon
2DF Cédric Djeugoué (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 22) 5 0 Cameroon Coton Sport
2DF Jérôme Guihoata (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 (age 20) 4 0 France Valenciennes
2DF Ambroise Oyongo (1991-06-22) 22 June 1991 (age 23) 4 0 United States New York Red Bulls
2DF Frank Bagnack (1995-06-07) 7 June 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Spain Barcelona B
2DF Moussa Bana (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 17) 0 0 Cameroon Coton Sport
2DF Brice N'Late (1996-10-06) 6 October 1996 (age 18) 0 0 France Marseille
3MF Stéphane Mbia (Captain) (1986-05-20) 20 May 1986 (age 28) 56 4 Spain Sevilla
3MF Eyong Enoh (1986-03-23) 23 March 1986 (age 28) 45 2 Belgium Standard Liège
3MF Georges Mandjeck (1988-12-09) 9 December 1988 (age 25) 22 0 Turkey Kayseri Erciyesspor
3MF Edgar Salli (1992-08-17) 17 August 1992 (age 22) 14 1 Portugal Académica
3MF Raoul Loé (1989-01-31) 31 January 1989 (age 25) 5 0 Spain Osasuna
3MF Franck Kom (1991-09-18) 18 September 1991 (age 23) 2 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
3MF Marc Kibong Mbamba (1988-10-15) 15 October 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Turkey Konyaspor
3MF Guy Zock Abep (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Cameroon Cosmos de Bafia
4FW Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Vice-captain) (1989-03-23) 23 March 1989 (age 25) 33 12 Germany Schalke 04
4FW Vincent Aboubakar (Vice-captain) (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 22) 29 5 Portugal Porto
4FW Benjamin Moukandjo (1988-11-12) 12 November 1988 (age 25) 24 2 France Reims
4FW Léonard Kweuke (1987-07-12) 12 July 1987 (age 27) 14 3 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor
4FW Clinton N'Jie (1993-08-15) 15 August 1993 (age 21) 4 3 France Lyon
4FW Franck Etoundi (1990-08-30) 30 August 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Switzerland Zürich

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Cameroon's squad within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Charles Itandje (1982-11-02) 2 November 1982 (age 31) 12 0 Greece PAOK 2014 FIFA World Cup
GK Loïc Feudjou (1992-04-14) 14 April 1992 (age 22) 2 0 Cameroon Coton Sport 2014 FIFA World Cup
GK Sammy N'Djock (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Turkey Antalyaspor 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Joël Matip (1991-08-08) 8 August 1991 (age 23) 25 1 Germany Schalke 04 v.  Ivory Coast, 10 September 2014
DF Gaëtan Bong (1988-04-25) 25 April 1988 (age 26) 12 0 Greece Olympiacos v.  Ivory Coast, 10 September 2014
DF Aurélien Chedjou (1985-06-20) 20 June 1985 (age 29) 33 1 Turkey Galatasaray 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Benoît Assou-Ekotto (1984-03-24) 24 March 1984 (age 30) 24 0 England Tottenham Hotspur 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Dany Nounkeu (1986-04-11) 11 April 1986 (age 28) 18 0 Spain Granada 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Allan Nyom (1988-05-10) 10 May 1988 (age 26) 11 0 Spain Granada 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik (1989-07-03) 3 July 1989 (age 25) 5 0 France Rennes 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)[5]
MF Landry N'Guémo (1985-11-28) 28 November 1985 (age 28) 41 3 Unattached v.  Ivory Coast, 10 September 2014
MF Jean Makoun (1983-05-29) 29 May 1983 (age 31) 67 5 France Rennes 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Alex Song (1987-09-09) 9 September 1987 (age 27) 49 0 England West Ham United 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Jean Marie Dongou (1995-04-20) 20 April 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Spain Barcelona B v.  Ivory Coast, 10 September 2014
FW Samuel Eto'o RET (1981-03-10) 10 March 1981 (age 33) 118 56 England Everton 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Pierre Webó RET (1982-01-20) 20 January 1982 (age 32) 59 18 Turkey Fenerbahçe 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Fabrice Olinga (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 18) 8 1 Belgium Zulte Waregem 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Mohammadou Idrissou (1980-03-08) 8 March 1980 (age 34) 39 6 Israel Maccabi Haifa 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)[5]
FW Jacques Zoua (1991-09-06) 6 September 1991 (age 23) 5 0 Turkey Kayseri Erciyesspor v.  Tunisia, 17 November 2013

RET Retired from international football

Records[edit]

Managers[edit]

Dates Name
1960-65 tecnical committee
1965-70 France Dominique Colonna
1970 Cameroon Raymond Fobete
1970-73 Germany Peter Schnittger
1973-75 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladimir Beara
1976-79 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivan Ridanović
1980-82 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Branko Zutić
1982 France Jean Vincent
1982-84 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radivoje Ognjanović
1985-88 France Claude Le Roy
1988-90 Soviet Union Valery Nepomnyashchy
1990-93 France Philippe Redon
Dates Name
1993-94 Cameroon Jean Manga-Onguéné
1994 Cameroon Léonard Nseké
1994 France Henri Michel
1994-96 Cameroon Jules Nyongha
1996-97 Belgium Henri Depireux
1997-98 Cameroon Jean Manga-Onguéné
1998 France Claude Le Roy
1998-2001 France Pierre Lechantre
2001 France Robert Corfou
2001 Cameroon Jean-Paul Akono
2001-04 Germany Winfried Schäfer
2004-06 Portugal Artur Jorge
Dates Name
2006 Netherlands Arie Haan
2006-07 Cameroon Jules Nyongha
2007-09 Germany Otto Pfister
2009 Cameroon Thomas N'Kono
2009-10 France Paul Le Guen
2010-11 Spain Javier Clemente
2011-12 France Denis Lavagne
2012-13 Cameroon Jean-Paul Akono
2013- Germany Volker Finke

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top Cards – France 1998". fifa.com. Retrieved November 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Indomitable Lions roar through to record sixth finals". ESPN. 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  3. ^ "Fifa bans Cameroon shirts". BBC Sport. 2002-03-09. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  4. ^ Idrissou misses out for Cameroon
  5. ^ a b "Release list of Players". FIFA.com. 16 May 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Roberto Mamrud & Karel Stokkermans. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 

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