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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 Vacant
Asst coach Ibrahim Tanko
Captain Stéphane Mbia
Most caps Rigobert Song (137)
Top scorer Samuel Eto'o (56)
Home stadium Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo
FIFA code CMR
FIFA ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest FIFA ranking 11 (November 2006)
Lowest FIFA ranking 79 (February 2013)
Elo ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest Elo ranking 12 (June 2003)
Lowest Elo ranking 76 (April 1995)
First international
23x15px Belgian Congo 3–2 French Cameroon 23x15px
(Belgian Congo; September 1956)
Biggest win
23x15px Cameroon 9–0 Chad 23x15px
(DR Congo; April 1965)
Biggest defeat
23x15px Norway 6–1 Cameroon 23x15px
(Oslo, Norway; 31 October 1990)
23x15px Russia 6–1 Cameroon 23x15px
(Palo Alto, California, USA; 28 June 1994)
23x15px Costa Rica 5–0 Cameroon 23x15px
(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
File:Football Cameroun maillot.svg
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

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
23x15px 1930 to
23x15px 1962
Did Not Enter
23x15px 1966 Withdrew
23x15px 1970 to
23x15px 1978
Did Not Enter
23x15px 1982 Group Stage 17th 3 0 3 0 1 1
23x15px 1986 Did Not Qualify
23x15px 1990 Quarter-Finals 7th 5 3 0 2 7 9
23x15px 1994 Group Stage 22nd 3 0 1 2 3 11
23x15px 1998 25th 3 0 2 1 2 5
Template:Country data South Korea Template:Country data Japan 2002 20th 3 1 1 1 2 3
23x15px 2006 Did Not Qualify
23x15px 2010 Group Stage 31st 3 0 0 3 2 5
23x15px 2014 32nd 3 0 0 3 1 9
23x15px 2018 To Be Determined
23x15px 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
23x15px 1992 Did Not Qualify
23x15px 1995
23x15px 1997
23x15px 1999
Template:Country data South Korea Template:Country data Japan 2001 Group Stage 6th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Squad
23x15px 2003 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 1 1 3 1 Squad
23x15px 2005 Did Not Qualify
23x15px 2009
23x15px 2013
23x15px 2017 To Be Determined
23x15px 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
23x15px 1957
to
23x15px 1965
Did Not Enter
23x15px 1968 Did Not Qualify
23x15px 1970 Group Stage 5th 3 2 0 1 7 5
23x15px 1972 Third Place 3rd 5 3 1 1 10 5
23x15px 1974
to
23x15px 1980
Did Not Qualify
23x15px 1982 Group Stage 5th 3 0 3 0 1 1
23x15px 1984 Champions 1st 5 3 1 1 9 3
23x15px 1986 Runners-up 2nd 5 3 2 0 8 5
23x15px 1988 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 4 1
23x15px 1990 Group Stage 5th 3 1 0 2 2 3
23x15px 1992 Fourth Place 4th 5 2 2 1 4 3
23x15px 1994 Did Not Qualify
23x15px 1996 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 5 7
23x15px 1998 Quarter-Finals 8th 4 2 1 1 5 4
23x15px23x15px 2000 Champions 1st 6 3 2 1 11 5
23x15px 2002 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 9 0
23x15px 2004 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 1 2 1 7 6
23x15px 2006 Quarter-Finals 5th 4 3 1 0 8 2
23x15px 2008 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 14 8
23x15px 2010 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 1 1 2 6 8
23x15px23x15px 2012 Did Not Qualify
23x15px 2013
23x15px 2015 Group Stage 3 0 2 1 2 3
23x15px 2017 To Be Determined
23x15px 2019 Qualified as host
23x15px 2021 To Be Determined
23x15px 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
23x15px 1900
to
23x15px 1960
Did not enter
Template:Country data Japan 1964
to
23x15px 1972
Did not qualify
23x15px 1976 Did not enter
23x15px 1980 Did not qualify
23x15px 1984 Round 1 11th 3 1 0 2 3 5
Template:Country data KOR 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 22 players were called up for the Friendly Match against Indonesia on 25 March 2015 and Thailand on 30 March 2015.[4]
Caps and goals updated as of 30 March 2015 after the matches against Indonesia and Thailand.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Guy N'dy Assembé (1986-02-28) 28 February 1986 (age 29) 13 0 23x15px Nancy
1GK Fabrice Ondoa (1995-12-24) 24 December 1995 (age 20) 12 0 23x15px Barcelona B
2DF Henri Bedimo (1984-06-04) 4 June 1984 (age 31) 43 0 23x15px Lyon
2DF Aurélien Chedjou (1985-06-20) 20 June 1985 (age 30) 37 1 23x15px Galatasaray
2DF Ambroise Oyongo (1991-06-22) 22 June 1991 (age 24) 11 1 23x15px Montreal Impact
2DF Jérôme Guihoata (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 (age 21) 11 0 23x15px Valenciennes
2DF Ngweni Ndassi (1996-07-12) 12 July 1996 (age 19) 2 1 23x15px Njala Quan SA
2DF Frank Bagnack (1995-06-07) 7 June 1995 (age 20) 1 0 23x15px Barcelona B
2DF Banana Yaya (1991-07-21) 21 July 1991 (age 24) 1 0 23x15px Platanias
2DF Moussa Bana (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 18) 0 0 23x15px Coton Sport
3MF Stéphane Mbia (Captain) (1986-05-20) 20 May 1986 (age 29) 61 4 23x15px Sevilla
3MF Eyong Enoh (1986-03-23) 23 March 1986 (age 29) 48 2 23x15px Standard Liège
3MF Raoul Loé (1989-01-31) 31 January 1989 (age 27) 11 0 23x15px Osasuna
3MF Franck Kom (1991-09-18) 18 September 1991 (age 24) 8 0 23x15px Étoile du Sahel
3MF Kombi Mandjang (1997-11-06) 6 November 1997 (age 18) 2 0 23x15px Union Douala
3MF Guy Zock Abep (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 21) 2 0 23x15px Cosmos de Bafia
4FW Vincent Aboubakar (Vice-captain) (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 24) 36 8 23x15px Porto
4FW Benjamin Moukandjo (1988-11-12) 12 November 1988 (age 27) 31 4 23x15px Reims
4FW Léonard Kweuke (1987-07-12) 12 July 1987 (age 28) 19 3 23x15px Çaykur Rizespor
4FW Clinton N'Jie (1993-08-15) 15 August 1993 (age 22) 9 4 23x15px Lyon
4FW Franck Etoundi (1990-08-30) 30 August 1990 (age 25) 9 1 23x16px Zürich
4FW Jacques Zoua (1991-09-06) 6 September 1991 (age 24) 8 0 23x16px Basel
4FW Dani Ndi (1995-08-18) 18 August 1995 (age 20) 2 0 23x15px Sporting Gijón

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 (age 22) 0 0 23x15px Tonnerre Yaoundé 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Charles Itandje (1982-11-02) 2 November 1982 (age 33) 12 0 23x15px PAOK 2014 FIFA World Cup
GK Sammy N'Djock (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 25) 3 0 23x15px Minnesota United 2014 FIFA World Cup
GK Loïc Feudjou (1992-04-14) 14 April 1992 (age 23) 2 0 23x15px Coton Sport 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Nicolas N'Koulou (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 25) 60 0 23x15px Marseille 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Cédric Djeugoué (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 23) 7 0 23x15px Coton Sport 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Brice N'Late (1996-10-06) 6 October 1996 (age 19) 0 0 23x15px Marseille 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
DF Adolphe Teikeu (1990-06-23) 23 June 1990 (age 25) 0 0 23x15px Terek Grozny 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
DF Joël Matip (1991-08-08) 8 August 1991 (age 24) 25 1 23x15px Schalke 04 v. 23x15px Ivory Coast, 10 September 2014
DF Gaëtan Bong (1988-04-25) 25 April 1988 (age 27) 12 0 Unattached v. 23x15px Ivory Coast, 10 September 2014
DF Benoît Assou-Ekotto (1984-03-24) 24 March 1984 (age 31) 24 0 Unattached 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Dany Nounkeu (1986-04-11) 11 April 1986 (age 29) 18 0 23x15px Granada 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Allan Nyom (1988-05-10) 10 May 1988 (age 27) 11 0 23x15px Granada 2014 FIFA World Cup
DF Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik (1989-07-03) 3 July 1989 (age 26) 5 0 23x15px Rennes 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)
MF Georges Mandjeck (1988-12-09) 9 December 1988 (age 27) 27 0 23x15px Kayseri Erciyesspor 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Edgar Salli (1992-08-17) 17 August 1992 (age 23) 21 1 23x15px Académica 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Patrick Ekeng (1990-03-26) 26 March 1990 (age 25) 2 0 23x15px Córdoba 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Ambuno Achille (1987-11-02) 2 November 1987 (age 28) 0 0 Template:Country data IRN Saba Qom 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
MF Marc Kibong Mbamba (1988-10-15) 15 October 1988 (age 27) 0 0 23x15px Konyaspor v. 23x15px Sierra Leone, 15 October 2014
MF Landry N'Guémo (1985-11-28) 28 November 1985 (age 30) 40 2 23x15px Saint-Étienne v. 23x15px Ivory Coast, 10 September 2014
MF Jean Makoun (1983-05-29) 29 May 1983 (age 32) 68 5 23x15px Rennes 2014 FIFA World Cup
MF Alex Song RET (1987-09-09) 9 September 1987 (age 28) 48 0 23x15px West Ham United 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (1989-03-23) 23 March 1989 (age 26) 38 13 23x15px Schalke 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Jean Marie Dongou (1995-04-20) 20 April 1995 (age 20) 0 0 23x15px Barcelona B v. 23x15px Ivory Coast, 10 September 2014
FW Samuel Eto'o RET (1981-03-10) 10 March 1981 (age 34) 118 56 23x15px Sampdoria 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Pierre Webó RET (1982-01-20) 20 January 1982 (age 34) 59 19 23x15px Fenerbahçe 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Fabrice Olinga (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 19) 8 1 23x15px Zulte Waregem 2014 FIFA World Cup
FW Mohammadou Idrissou (1980-03-08) 8 March 1980 (age 35) 39 6 23x15px Shkëndija 2014 FIFA World Cup (standby)

RET Retired from international football

Records

Managers

Dates Name
1960-65 technical committee
1965-70 23x15px Dominique Colonna
1970 23x15px Raymond Fobete
1970-73 23x15px Peter Schnittger
1973-75 23x15px Vladimir Beara
1976-79 23x15px Ivan Ridanović
1980-82 23x15px Branko Zutić
1982 23x15px Jean Vincent
1982-84 23x15px Radivoje Ognjanović
1985-88 23x15px Claude Le Roy
1988-90 23x15px Valery Nepomnyashchy
1990-93 23x15px Philippe Redon
Dates Name
1993-94 23x15px Jean Manga-Onguéné
1994 23x15px Léonard Nseké
1994 23x15px Henri Michel
1994-96 23x15px Jules Nyongha
1996-97 23x15px Henri Depireux
1997-98 23x15px Jean Manga-Onguéné
1998 23x15px Claude Le Roy
1998-2001 23x15px Pierre Lechantre
2001 23x15px Robert Corfou
2001 23x15px Jean-Paul Akono
2001-04 23x15px Winfried Schäfer
2004-06 23x15px Artur Jorge
Dates Name
2006-07 23x15px Arie Haan
2007 23x15px Jules Nyongha
2007-09 23x15px Otto Pfister
2009 23x15px Thomas N'Kono
2009-10 23x15px Paul Le Guen
2010-11 23x15px Javier Clemente
2011-12 23x15px Denis Lavagne
2012-13 23x15px Jean-Paul Akono
2013-15 23x15px Volker Finke

See also

References

  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. ^ Cameroon rilis skuad lawan Indonesia
  5. ^ a b Roberto Mamrud & Karel Stokkermans. "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 

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