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Cameroon national football team

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 Vacant
Captain Stéphane Mbia
Most caps Rigobert Song (137)
Top scorer Samuel Eto'o (56)
Home stadium Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo
FIFA code CMR
FIFA ranking
Current 48 Decrease 6 (1 October 2015)
Highest 11 (November 2006)
Lowest 79 (February 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 55 (31 March 2015)
Highest 12 (June 2003)
Lowest 76 (April 1995)
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.

Contents

  • History 1
    • First games 1.1
    • FIFA 1982 World Cup – the first time 1.2
    • African Nations, 1984 1.3
    • FIFA 1990 World Cup – Quarter Finals 1.4
    • FIFA 1994 World Cup 1.5
    • FIFA 1998 World Cup 1.6
    • 2002 FIFA World Cup 1.7
    • Missing out on Germany 2006 1.8
    • 2010 World Cup Qualification 1.9
    • Controversy about sleeveless and one-piece kits 1.10
    • The death of a team member 1.11
  • World Cup record 2
  • FIFA Confederations Cup 3
  • Africa Cup of Nations record 4
  • Summer Olympics 5
  • Recent results and fixtures 6
    • 2015 6.1
  • Players 7
    • Current squad 7.1
    • Recent call-ups 7.2
    • Records 7.3
  • Managers 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

History

First games

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

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

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

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

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

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 alongside Micheal Owen of England. The team was coached by French born Claude Le Roy.

2002 FIFA World Cup

Cameroon qualified for the 2002 World Cup in Korea-Japan clinching first place in their group which included Angola, Zambia, and Togo. 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

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

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

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

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

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
1930 to
1962
Did Not Enter
1966 Withdrew
1970 to
1978
Did Not Enter
1982 Group Stage 17th 3 0 3 0 1 1
1986 Did Not Qualify
1990 Quarter-Finals 7th 5 3 0 2 7 9
1994 Group Stage 22nd 3 0 1 2 3 11
1998 25th 3 0 2 1 2 5
2002 20th 3 1 1 1 2 3
2006 Did Not Qualify
2010 Group Stage 31st 3 0 0 3 2 5
2014 32nd 3 0 0 3 1 9
2018 To Be Determined
2022
Total Quarter-Final 7/20 23 4 7 12 18 43

FIFA Confederations Cup

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

Africa Cup of Nations record

Host nation(s) / Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1957
to
1965
Did Not Enter
1968 Did Not Qualify
1970 Group Stage 5th 3 2 0 1 7 5
1972 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 10 5
1974
to
1980
Did Not Qualify
1982 Group Stage 5th 3 0 3 0 1 1
1984 Champions 1st 5 3 1 1 9 3
1986 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 2 0 8 5
1988 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 4 1
1990 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 2 3
1992 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 2 1 4 3
1994 Did Not Qualify
1996 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 5 7
1998 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 2 1 1 5 4
2000 Champions 1st 6 3 2 1 11 5
2002 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 9 0
2004 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 1 2 1 7 6
2006 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 3 1 0 8 2
2008 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 14 8
2010 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 6 8
2012 Did Not Qualify
2013
2015 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 2 3
2017 To Be Determined
2019 Qualified as host
2021 To Be Determined
2023
Total 4 Titles 16/29 71 37 20 14 110 67
*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Summer Olympics

Olympic Games Record
Year Result Position GP W D* L GS GA
1900
to
1960
Did not enter
1964
to
1972
Did not qualify
1976 Did not enter
1980 Did not qualify
1984 Round 1 11th 3 1 0 2 3 5
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.

Recent results and fixtures

      Win       Draw       Lose

2015

Players

Current squad

The following 25 players were called up for the friendly match against Nigeria on 11 October 2015.[4]

Caps and goals updated as of 6 September 2015 after the match against Gambia.[5]
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Fabrice Ondoa (1995-12-24) 24 December 1995 15 0 Barcelona B
1GK Guy N'dy Assembé (1986-02-28) 28 February 1986 14 0 Nancy
1GK André Onana (1996-04-02) 2 April 1996 0 0 Ajax
2DF Nicolas Nkoulou (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 64 0 Marseille
2DF Aurélien Chedjou (1985-06-20) 20 June 1985 39 1 Galatasaray
2DF Joël Matip (1991-08-08) 8 August 1991 27 1 Schalke 04
2DF Sébastien Bassong (1986-07-09) 9 July 1986 17 0 Norwich City
2DF Ambroise Oyongo (1991-06-22) 22 June 1991 13 1 Montreal Impact
2DF Allan Nyom (1988-05-10) 10 May 1988 11 0 Watford
2DF Kombi Mandjang (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 4 0 Union Douala
2DF Collins Fai (1992-08-13) 13 August 1992 0 0 Dinamo București
3MF Stéphane Mbia (Captain) (1986-05-20) 20 May 1986 63 4 Trabzonspor
3MF Eyong Enoh (1986-03-23) 23 March 1986 53 2 Standard Liège
3MF Edgar Salli (1992-08-17) 17 August 1992 22 1 St. Gallen
3MF Raoul Loé (1989-01-31) 31 January 1989 12 0 Al-Sailiya
3MF Dani Ndi (1995-08-18) 18 August 1995 4 0 Sporting Gijón
3MF Félix Eboa Eboa (1997-04-19) 19 April 1997 1 0 Paris Saint-Germain B
4FW Vincent Aboubakar (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 40 11 Porto
4FW Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (1989-03-23) 23 March 1989 39 12 Schalke 04
4FW Benjamin Moukandjo (1988-11-12) 12 November 1988 34 4 Lorient
4FW Léonard Kweuke (1987-07-12) 12 July 1987 22 3 Çaykur Rizespor
4FW Clinton N'Jie (1993-08-15) 15 August 1993 11 6 Tottenham Hotspur
4FW Jacques Zoua (1991-09-06) 6 September 1991 10 0 Gazélec Ajaccio
4FW Aboubakar Oumarou (1987-01-04) 4 January 1987 2 0 Partizan
4FW Sébastien Siani (1986-12-21) 21 December 1986 0 0 Oostende

Recent call-ups

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 Pierre Sylvain Abogo (1993-07-18) 18 July 1993 0 0 Canon Sportif v.  Mauritania, 14 June 2015
DF Henri Bedimo (1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 47 1 Lyon v.  Gambia, 6 September 2015
DF Jérôme Guihoata (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 12 0 Nîmes v.  Mauritania, 14 June 2015
DF Ngweni Ndassi (1996-07-12) 12 July 1996 4 1 Njala Quan SA v.  Mauritania, 14 June 2015
DF Banana Yaya (1991-07-21) 21 July 1991 2 0 Platanias v.  Mauritania, 14 June 2015
DF Frank Bagnack (1995-06-07) 7 June 1995 2 0 Barcelona B v.  Thailand, 30 March 2015
DF Moussa Bana (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 0 0 Coton Sport v.  Thailand, 30 March 2015
DF Cédric Djeugoué (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 7 0 IR Tanger 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Brice N'Late (1996-10-06) 6 October 1996 0 0 Marseille 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
DF Adolphe Teikeu (1990-06-23) 23 June 1990 0 0 Sochaux v.  Ivory Coast, 19 November 2014
MF Franck Kom (1991-09-18) 18 September 1991 9 0 Étoile du Sahel v.  Mauritania, 14 June 2015
MF Guy Zock Abep (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 3 0 Cosmos de Bafia v.  Mauritania, 14 June 2015
MF Georges Mandjeck (1988-12-09) 9 December 1988 27 0 Metz 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Patrick Ekeng (1990-03-26) 26 March 1990 2 0 Free agent 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Karl Toko Ekambi (1992-09-14) 14 September 1992 3 0 Sochaux v.  Gambia, 6 September 2015
FW Franck Etoundi (1990-08-30) 30 August 1990 12 1 Zürich v.  Mauritania, 14 June 2015
FW Justin Mengolo (1993-06-24) 24 June 1993 2 0 Free agent v.  Mauritania, 14 June 2015

RET Retired from international football

Records

Caps and goals updated as of October 11, 2015.

Managers

Dates Name
1960-65 technical committee
1965-70 Dominique Colonna
1970 Raymond Fobete
1970-73 Peter Schnittger
1973-75 Vladimir Beara
1976-79 Ivan Ridanović
1980-82 Branko Zutić
1982 Jean Vincent
1982-84 Radivoje Ognjanović
1985-88 Claude Le Roy
1988-90 Valery Nepomnyashchy
1990-93 Philippe Redon
Dates Name
1993-94 Jean Manga-Onguéné
1994 Léonard Nseké
1994 Henri Michel
1994-96 Jules Nyongha
1996-97 Henri Depireux
1997-98 Jean Manga-Onguéné
1998 Claude Le Roy
1998-2001 Pierre Lechantre
2001 Robert Corfou
2001 Jean-Paul Akono
2001-04 Winfried Schäfer
2004-06 Artur Jorge
Dates Name
2006-07 Arie Haan
2007 Jules Nyongha
2007-09 Otto Pfister
2009 Thomas N'Kono
2009-10 Paul Le Guen
2010-11 Javier Clemente
2011-12 Denis Lavagne
2012-13 Jean-Paul Akono
2013-15 Volker Finke

See also

References

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External links

  • Fédération Camerounaise de Football official site
  • RSSSF archive of results 1960–
  • 2010 World Cup ESPN Profile
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