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Cameroon national football team

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]

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 Rigobert Song
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 49 Increase 1 (7 June 2018)
Highest 11 (November 2006 – January 2007, November – December 2009)
Lowest 79 (February – March 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 50 Steady (20 April 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

Contents

HistoryEdit

First gamesEdit

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 timeEdit

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, 1984Edit

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 FinalsEdit

 
Cameroon defeated Argentina in the first game of the 1990 World Cup

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 CupEdit

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 CupEdit

 
Lions Indomptables former crest

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 CupEdit

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 memberEdit

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 2006Edit

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 QualificationEdit

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 kitsEdit

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 QualifiersEdit

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 QualifiersEdit

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.

Team imageEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not enter Declined participation
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966 Withdrew Withdrew
  1970 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 4
  1974 3 1 1 1 1 3
  1978 2 0 1 1 2 4
  1982 Group Stage 17th 3 0 3 0 1 1 8 5 1 2 16 5
  1986 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 5
  1990 Quarter-Finals 7th 5 3 0 2 7 9 8 6 1 1 12 6
  1994 Group Stage 22nd 3 0 1 2 3 11 8 5 2 1 14 4
  1998 25th 3 0 2 1 2 5 6 4 2 0 10 4
    2002 20th 3 1 1 1 2 3 10 8 1 1 20 4
  2006 Did not qualify 10 6 3 1 18 10
  2010 Group Stage 31st 3 0 0 3 2 5 12 9 2 1 23 4
  2014 32nd 3 0 0 3 1 9 8 5 2 1 12 4
  2018 Did not qualify 8 2 5 1 10 9
  2022 To be determined
      2026 To be determined
Total Quarter-Finals 7/21 23 4 7 12 18 43 87 51 23 13 143 65

FIFA Confederations CupEdit

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

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

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 13th 3 0 2 1 2 3
  2017 Champions 1st 6 3 3 0 7 3
  2019 Qualified as hosts
  2021 To Be Determined
  2023
Total 5 Titles 19/29 80 40 25 15 119 72
*Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.

Summer OlympicsEdit

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 Round 1 1/19 3 1 0 2 3 5
Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since 1992.

African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games Record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Cameroon national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Recent results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Lose

2017Edit

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were named in the squad for the friendly match against Burkina Faso scheduled on 27 May 2018.[9]
Caps and goals updated as of 27 May 2018 after the match against Burkina Faso.[10]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Carlos Kameni (1984-02-18) 18 February 1984 (age 34) 70 0   Fenerbahçe
1GK Fabrice Ondoa (1995-12-24) 24 December 1995 (age 22) 38 0   Sevilla Atlético
1GK André Onana (1996-04-02) 2 April 1996 (age 22) 4 0   Ajax

2DF Ambroise Oyongo (1991-06-22) 22 June 1991 (age 27) 33 2   Montpellier
2DF Adolphe Teikeu (1990-06-23) 23 June 1990 (age 27) 23 0   Sochaux
2DF Collins Fai (1992-11-23) 23 November 1992 (age 25) 20 0   Standard Liège
2DF Allan Nyom (1988-05-10) 10 May 1988 (age 30) 17 0   West Bromwich Albion
2DF Banana Yaya (1991-07-29) 29 July 1991 (age 26) 6 1   Panionios
2DF Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik (1989-07-02) 2 July 1989 (age 28) 5 0   Kayserispor
2DF Serge Leuko (1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 (age 24) 6 0   Lugo
2DF Fabrice Gael Ngah (1997-10-16) 16 October 1997 (age 20) 1 0   Difaâ El Jadida

3MF Edgar Salli (1992-08-17) 17 August 1992 (age 25) 37 4   1. FC Nürnberg
3MF Sébastien Siani (1986-12-21) 21 December 1986 (age 31) 28 2   Royal Antwerp
3MF André-Frank Zambo Anguissa (1995-11-16) 16 November 1995 (age 22) 11 2   Marseille
3MF Pierre Kunde (1995-07-26) 26 July 1995 (age 22) 1 0   Granada
3MF Ousseini Mounpain (1994-01-20) 20 January 1994 (age 24) 1 0   FK Skopje
3MF Franklin Wadja (1995-05-01) 1 May 1995 (age 23) 1 0   Lorient

4FW Vincent Aboubakar (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 26) 63 20   Porto
4FW Benjamin Moukandjo (1988-11-12) 12 November 1988 (age 29) 57 8   Beijing Renhe
4FW Clinton N'Jie (1993-08-15) 15 August 1993 (age 24) 24 7   Marseille
4FW Karl Toko Ekambi (1992-09-14) 14 September 1992 (age 25) 17 2   Villarreal
4FW Fabrice Olinga (1996-05-12) 12 May 1996 (age 22) 13 1   Mouscron
4FW Léandre Tawamba (1989-12-20) 20 December 1989 (age 28) 2 0   Partizan
4FW Stéphane Bahoken (1992-05-28) 28 May 1992 (age 26) 2 0   Angers
4FW Diederrick Joel (1993-11-06) 6 November 1993 (age 24) 1 0   Marítimo

Recent call-upsEdit

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 Jules Goda (1989-05-30) 30 May 1989 (age 29) 3 0   Tours v.   Kuwait, 25 March 2018
GK Georges Bokwé (1989-07-14) 14 July 1989 (age 28) 0 0   Mjøndalen v.   Kuwait, 25 March 2018

DF Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui (1990-11-23) 23 November 1990 (age 27) 21 2   Slavia Prague v.   Guinea, 28 March 2017
DF Félix Eboa Eboa (1997-04-19) 19 April 1997 (age 21) 1 0   Guingamp v.   Kuwait, 25 March 2018
DF Ngong Lionel Mbong (1996-10-28) 28 October 1996 (age 21) 0 0   Yong Sports Academy v.   Kuwait, 25 March 2018
DF Ernest Mabouka (1988-06-16) 16 June 1988 (age 30) 9 0   Maccabi Haifa v.   Kuwait, 25 March 2018
DF Jean-Charles Castelletto (1995-01-26) 26 January 1995 (age 23) 1 0   Brest v.   Kuwait, 25 March 2018
DF Nouhou Tolo (1997-06-23) 23 June 1997 (age 20) 1 0   Seattle Sounders v.   Kuwait, 25 March 2018
DF Jonathan Ngwem (1991-07-20) 20 July 1991 (age 26) 10 0   Progresso 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
DF Jérôme Guihoata (1994-10-07) 7 October 1994 (age 23) 12 0   Panionios 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
DF Lucien Owona (1990-08-09) 9 August 1990 (age 27) 1 0   Almería 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
DF Mohammed Djetei (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 23) 13 0   Gimnàstic 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup PRE

MF Georges Mandjeck (1988-12-09) 9 December 1988 (age 29) 42 0   Metz v.   Kuwait, 25 March 2018
MF Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (1989-03-23) 23 March 1989 (age 29) 45 13   Stoke City v.   Kuwait, 25 March 2018 INJ
MF Petrus Boumal (1993-04-20) 20 April 1993 (age 25) 1 0   Ural Yekaterinburg v.   Kuwait, 25 March 2018
MF Frantz Pangop (1993-05-18) 18 May 1993 (age 25) 2 1   Minnesota United v.   Kuwait, 25 March 2018
MF Arnaud Djoum (1989-05-02) 2 May 1989 (age 29) 15 0   Heart of Midlothian v.   Nigeria, 4 September 2017
MF Frank Boya (1996-07-01) 1 July 1996 (age 21) 8 0   Mouscron 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup PRE

FW Christian Bassogog (1995-10-18) 18 October 1995 (age 22) 16 4   Henan Jianye v.   Kuwait, 25 March 2018
FW Jean-Pierre Nsamé (1993-05-01) 1 May 1993 (age 25) 1 0   Young Boys 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
FW Jacques Zoua (1991-09-06) 6 September 1991 (age 26) 23 0   Beerschot Wilrijk 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
FW Robert Ndip Tambe (1994-02-22) 22 February 1994 (age 24) 10 0   Adana Demirspor 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
FW Olivier Boumal (1989-09-17) 17 September 1989 (age 28) 2 0   Yokohama F. Marinos 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup
  • 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.

RecordsEdit

ManagersEdit

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

HonoursEdit

Quarter-Final (1): 1990
Winners (5):   1984,   1988,   2000,   2002,   2017
Runners-up (1):   2003
Winners (1):   2000

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  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. ^ "LISTE DEFINITIVE DES JOUEURS CONVOQUES POUR LE MATCH AMICAL CONTRE LE BURKINA FAS0". fecafoot-officiel.com. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018. 
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  11. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "Cameroon – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 

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