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
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC
(Central Africa)
Head coach vacant
Captain Benjamin Moukandjo
Most caps Rigobert Song (137)
Top scorer Samuel Eto'o (56)[1]
Home stadium Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo
FIFA code CMR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 51 Decrease 6 (15 February 2018)
Highest 11 (November 2006 – January 2007, November – December 2009)
Lowest 79 (February – March 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 51 Steady (22 February 2018)
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, United States; 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-finals, 1990
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 18 (first in 1970)
Best result Champions, 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002, 2017
African Nations Championship
Appearances 1 (first in 2016)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2016
Confederations Cup
Appearances 3 (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 or Untameable 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), they were the only African team to appear at both the 1990 and 1994 tournaments. 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 five Africa Cup of Nations titles.[2]

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 eventual winners Italy, 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 the Ivory Coast. 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, while in the second-half, 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, while Lineker again found the net via a 105th-minute penalty to make the eventual scoreline 3–2 for England. The team was coached by Russian manager and former player Valeri Nepomniachi.

1994 World Cup

The 1994 World Cup in the United States 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 heavy 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.

1998 World Cup

The 1998 World Cup in France saw the increase of 24 to 32 teams. Cameroon qualified alongside four other 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.[3] 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 Michael 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 alongside Germany, the Republic of 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.

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.

Missing out on Germany 2006

In the 2006 World Cup qualifying round, Cameroon were drawn into Group 3 with the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Benin. Cameroon led the group for most of the time until their final game, when Pierre Womé failed to convert a late penalty. On 8 October 2005, Cameroon drew with Egypt 1–1 while the Ivory Coast defeated Sudan 3–1, results which prevented Cameroon from qualifying to the World Cup.

2010 World Cup Qualification

In Cameroon's 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, the team was grouped with Gabon, Togo and Morocco. 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 earned 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 three goals. On 14 November 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 Lomé. Both results caused Cameroon to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals, held in South Africa.[4]

The Indomitable Lions were the first team to be mathematically eliminated in the 2010 World Cup, going out in their second group match to Denmark after losing 1–2, preceded by 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, did not allow Cameroon to use the same kits as at the 2002 World Cup, and black sleeves were added to the shirts.[5] 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.

2003 Confederations Cup Qualifiers

Cameroon started the 2002 African Cup of Nations competition with a 1–0 win over DR Congo. That was followed by another 1–0 win against Ivory Coast, and a comfortable 3–0 win against Togo. These results led Cameroon to qualify from the group stage to the quarter-finals as their group's winner. In the Knockout stage, Cameroon met Egypt in a close match that they won 1–0 by M'Boma's goal in the 62nd minute of the game. In the Semi-finals, Cameroon met the hosts Mali and managed to win the match 3–0 to qualify to the final.

On 13 February 2002, and after a close match, Cameroon managed to win its fourth African Cup of Nations (repeating as champions), by beating Senegal 3–2 in a penalty shootout after a goalless draw to qualify for the 2003 Confederations Cup in France.[6]

2017 Confederations Cup Qualifiers

Cameroon started the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations competition with a 1–1 draw to Burkina Faso. That was followed by a 2–1 win against Guinea-Bissau, and an unconvincing goalless draw against the hosts Gabon. These results were enough for Cameroon to qualify from the group stage to the quarter-finals, where they met Senegal in a close match that Cameroon won 5–4 in a penalty shootout after it had ended 0–0 after extra time. In the Semi-finals, Cameroon met Ghana and managed to win the match 2–0 to qualify to the final.

On 5 February 2017, and after a close match, Cameroon managed to win the African Cup of Nations for the fifth time after defeating seven-time champions Egypt 2–1 in the final,[7] by Vincent Aboubakar's late goal in the 89th minute of the match.[8] As champions, Cameroon qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

World Cup record

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Declined Participation
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966 Withdrew Withdrew
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 4
West Germany 1974 3 1 1 1 1 3
Argentina 1978 2 0 1 1 2 4
Spain 1982 Group Stage 17th 3 0 3 0 1 1 8 5 1 2 16 5
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 5
Italy 1990 Quarter-Finals 7th 5 3 0 2 7 9 8 6 1 1 12 6
United States 1994 Group Stage 22nd 3 0 1 2 3 11 8 5 2 1 14 4
France 1998 25th 3 0 2 1 2 5 6 4 2 0 10 4
South Korea Japan 2002 20th 3 1 1 1 2 3 10 8 1 1 20 4
Germany 2006 Did not qualify 10 6 3 1 18 10
South Africa 2010 Group Stage 31st 3 0 0 3 2 5 12 9 2 1 23 4
Brazil 2014 32nd 3 0 0 3 1 9 8 5 2 1 12 4
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 8 2 5 1 10 9
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Total Quarter-Finals 7/21 23 4 7 12 18 43 87 51 23 13 143 65

FIFA Confederations Cup

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 Group Stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 6 Squad
Qatar 2021 To Be Determined
Total Runners-up 3/10 11 4 2 5 7 11 -

Africa Cup of Nations record

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
Equatorial GuineaGabon 2012 Did Not Qualify
South Africa 2013
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Group Stage 13th 3 0 2 1 2 3
Gabon 2017 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 7 3
Cameroon 2019 Qualified as hosts
Ivory Coast 2021 To Be Determined
Guinea 2023
Total 5 Titles 19/29 80 40 25 15 119 72
*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Summer Olympics

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 Round 1 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

2017

2018

Players

Current squad

The following 23 players were named in the squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Zambia
Caps and goals updated as of 11 November 2017 after the match against Zambia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Fabrice Ondoa (1995-12-24) 24 December 1995 (age 22) 36 0 Spain Sevilla Atlético
16 1GK Jules Goda (1989-05-30) 30 May 1989 (age 28) 3 0 France Tours
23 1GK Georges Bokwé (1989-07-14) 14 July 1989 (age 28) 0 0 Norway Mjøndalen

5 2DF Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (1990-11-23) 23 November 1990 (age 27) 19 2 Czech Republic Slavia Prague
4 2DF Adolphe Teikeu (1990-06-23) 23 June 1990 (age 27) 18 0 France Sochaux
19 2DF Ernest Mabouka (1988-06-16) 16 June 1988 (age 29) 9 0 Israel Maccabi Haifa
22 2DF Serge Leuko (1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 (age 24) 5 0 Spain Lugo
21 2DF Banana Yaya (1991-07-29) 29 July 1991 (age 26) 4 1 Greece Panionios
12 2DF Jean-Charles Castelletto (1995-01-26) 26 January 1995 (age 23) 1 0 France Brest
6 2DF Nouhou Tolo (1997-06-23) 23 June 1997 (age 20) 1 0 United States Seattle Sounders

14 3MF Georges Mandjeck (1988-12-09) 9 December 1988 (age 29) 41 0 France Metz
15 3MF Sébastien Siani (1986-12-21) 21 December 1986 (age 31) 23 2 Belgium Royal Antwerp
3 3MF André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (1995-11-16) 16 November 1995 (age 22) 8 2 France Marseille
17 3MF Petrus Boumal (1993-04-20) 20 April 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Russia Ural Yekaterinburg
20 3MF Frantz Pangop (1993-05-18) 18 May 1993 (age 24) 2 1 United States Minnesota United

8 4FW Benjamin Moukandjo (Captain) (1988-11-12) 12 November 1988 (age 29) 55 8 China Jiangsu Suning
10 4FW Vincent Aboubakar (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 26) 61 19 Portugal Porto
7 4FW Clinton N'Jie (1993-08-15) 15 August 1993 (age 24) 22 7 France Marseille
13 4FW Christian Bassogog (1995-10-18) 18 October 1995 (age 22) 15 2 China Henan Jianye
9 4FW Jean-Pierre Nsamé (1993-05-01) 1 May 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Switzerland Young Boys

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 André Onana (1996-04-02) 2 April 1996 (age 21) 2 0 Netherlands Ajax 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
GK Moise Pouaty (1996-01-19) 19 January 1996 (age 22) 0 0 United States Colorado Springs Switchbacks v.  Guinea, 28 March 2017

DF Collins Fai (1992-11-23) 23 November 1992 (age 25) 15 0 Belgium Standard Liège v.  Algeria, 7 October 2017
DF Ambroise Oyongo (1991-06-22) 22 June 1991 (age 26) 32 2 France Montpellier 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
DF Jonathan Ngwem (1991-07-20) 20 July 1991 (age 26) 10 0 Angola Progresso 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
DF Jérôme Guihoata (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 (age 23) 12 0 Greece Panionios 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
DF Lucien Owona (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 27) 1 0 Spain Almería 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
DF Mohammed Djetei (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 23) 13 0 Spain Gimnàstic 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup PRE
DF Duplexe Tchamba (1998-07-10) 10 July 1998 (age 19) 0 0 France Racing Strasbourg B v.  Guinea, 28 March 2017

MF Arnaud Djoum (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 28) 15 0 Scotland Heart of Midlothian v.  Nigeria, 4 September 2017
MF Edgar Salli (1992-08-17) 17 August 1992 (age 25) 36 4 Germany 1. FC Nürnberg 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup PRE
MF Frank Boya (1996-07-01) 1 July 1996 (age 21) 8 0 Belgium Royal Excel Mouscron 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup PRE

FW Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (1989-03-23) 23 March 1989 (age 28) 44 13 England Stoke City v.  Nigeria, 1 September 2017
FW Jacques Zoua (1991-09-06) 6 September 1991 (age 26) 23 0 Belgium Beerschot Wilrijk 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
FW Karl Toko Ekambi (1992-09-14) 14 September 1992 (age 25) 17 2 France Angers 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
FW Robert Ndip Tambe (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 24) 10 0 Turkey Adana Demirspor 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
FW Olivier Boumal (1989-09-17) 17 September 1989 (age 28) 2 0 China Liaoning Whowin 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
FW Ketu Jih Kalvin (1997-06-06) 6 June 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Spain Rayo Vallecano B v.  Guinea, 28 March 2017
  • DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
  • PRE Preliminary Squad.
  • RET Player has retired from international football.
  • SUS Suspended from the national team.

Records

Managers

Dates Name
1960–1965 technical committee
1965–1970 France Dominique Colonna
1970 Cameroon Raymond Fobete
1970–1973 Germany Peter Schnittger
1973–1975 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladimir Beara
1976–1979 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivan Ridanović
1980–1982 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Branko Žutić
1982 France Jean Vincent
1982–1984 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radivoje Ognjanović
1985–1988 France Claude Le Roy
1988–1990 Soviet Union Valery Nepomnyashchy
1990–1993 France Philippe Redon
Dates Name
1993–1994 Cameroon Jean Manga-Onguéné
1994 Cameroon Léonard Nseké
1994 France Henri Michel
1994–1996 Cameroon Jules Nyongha
1996–1997 Belgium Henri Depireux
1997–1998 Cameroon Jean Manga-Onguéné
1998 France Claude Le Roy
1998–2001 France Pierre Lechantre
2001 France Robert Corfou
2001 Cameroon Jean-Paul Akono
2001–2004 Germany Winfried Schäfer
2004–2006 Portugal Artur Jorge
Dates Name
2006–2007 Netherlands Arie Haan
2007 Cameroon Jules Nyongha
2007–2009 Germany Otto Pfister
2009 Cameroon Thomas N'Kono
2009–2010 France Paul Le Guen
2010–2011 Spain Javier Clemente
2011–2012 France Denis Lavagne
2012–2013 Cameroon Jean-Paul Akono
2013–2015 Germany Volker Finke
2015–2016 Cameroon Alexandre Belinga
2016–2017 Belgium Hugo Broos

Honours

Quarter-Final (1): 1990
Winners (5): Gold medal africa.svg 1984, Gold medal africa.svg 1988, Gold medal africa.svg 2000, Gold medal africa.svg 2002, Gold medal africa.svg 2017
Runners-up (1): Silver medal africa.svg 2003
Winners (1): Gold medal africa.svg 2000

See also

References

  1. ^ "9 Samuel ETOO". FIFA.com. Archived from the original on 18 June 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Cameroon wins Africa Cup of Nations". Daily Nation. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Top Cards – France 1998". fifa.com. Retrieved November 21, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Indomitable Lions roar through to record sixth finals". ESPN. 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  5. ^ "Fifa bans Cameroon shirts". BBC Sport. 2002-03-09. Retrieved 2009-11-14. 
  6. ^ "FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003". FIFA.com. 18 June 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations 2017: Cameroon 2-1 Egypt". BBC Sport. 5 February 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Afcon 2017: Cameroon's Aboubakar wins final with late goal against Egypt". The Guardian. 5 February 2017. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 
  9. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "IvoryCoast – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 

External links

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