in actioncamerron.jpgWith 21 days to go before the World Cup roars into life r in South Africa, in today’s team profile we feature Cameroon, who will be looking to emulate their remarkable run in Italy in 1990 which saw them reaching the quarter finals.

Cameroon is most widely remembered for setting the international football stage alight in Italy in 1990. Inspired by the irreplaceable then 38 year old striker Roger Milla, the Indomitable lions held the football fraternity spellbound with a fine run that was finally ended by England in the quarter finals albeit in controversial circumstances.  

Put in the same group with the then defending champions Argentina, the Indomitable Lions managed to top group B which also had Romania and the then Soviet Union. Cameroon went on to eliminate Columbia in the second round of the competition.
In reaching the quarter finals, the class of 1990 which had such players as Cyril Mackanacky, Emmanuel Kunde, Francois Oman Biyick and the great Milla became the first African country to reach the last eight at the World Cup tournament.

Despite the historic performance in 1990, Cameroon have failed to repeat that performance and in 1994, 1998 and 2002 they failed to go beyond the group stages while in 2006 the team failed to qualify.

Making their 6th appearance at the World Cup in South Africa, the Indomitable Lions are in Group E together with Netherlands, Japan and Denmark.

Their most decorated player is Inter Milan’s Samuel Etoo who has already won an Olympic gold medal in 2000, and two Champions League Trophies with Barcelona and might go to South Africa with a third if Inter Milan beat Bayern Munich this Saturday.

 Other notable players are Arsenal’s Alexandra Song, Olympique Lyon’s Jean Makoun and the experienced Rigobert Song. Cameroon’s head coach Paul Le Guen who boasts of 3 French titles with Olympique Lyon would be hoping to engrave his name in Cameroon’s history books.

Last week coach Paul Le Guen announced  30 players as part of the preliminary squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
 GK
Idriss Carlos Kameni
18 February 1984  (age 26) 58 0 Espanyol

 GK
Souleymanou Hamidou
22 November 1973  (age 36) 40 0 Kayserispor

 GK
Guy N’dy Assembé
28 February 1986  (age 24) 0 0 Valenciennes

 GK
Amour Patrick Tignyemb
14 June 1985  (age 24) 1 0 Bloemfontein Celtic

 DF
Nicolas N’Koulou
27 March 1990  (age 20) 6 0 Monaco
 
 DF
Rigobert Song
1 July 1976  (age 33) 133 5 Trabzonspor
 
 DF
Geremi Njitap
20 December 1978  (age 31) 109 12 Ankaragücü
 
 DF
Jean Patrick Abouna
20 June 1988  (age 21) 0 0 Astres FC
 
 DF
Benoît Assou-Ekotto
24 March 1984  (age 26) 4 0 Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
 
 DF
Sébastien Bassong
9 July 1986  (age 23) 3 0 Tottenham Hotspur F.C
 
 DF
Gaëtan Bong
25 April 1988  (age 22) 0 0 Valenciennes
 
 DF
Aurélien Chedjou
20 June 1985  (age 24) 8 0 Lille
 
 DF
Stephane Mbia
20 May 1986  (age 24) 29 3 Marseille
 
 DF
Makadji Boukar
29 January 1984  (age 26) 0 0 Cotonsport Garoua
 

 MF
Marcel Ndjeng
6 May 1982  (age 28) 0 0 FC Augsburg
 
 MF
Eyong Enoh
23 March 1986  (age 24) 12 0 Ajax
 
 MF
Jean Makoun
29 May 1983  (age 26) 46 9 Lyon
 
 MF
Georges Mandjeck
9 December 1988  (age 21) 4 1 Kaiserslautern
 
 MF
Joel Matip
8 August 1991  (age 18) 1 0 Schalke 04
 
 MF
Alexandre Song
9 September 1987  (age 22) 20 0 Arsenal
 
 MF
Landry N’Guémo
28 November 1985  (age 24) 17 2 Celtic
 
 MF
Patrick Mevoungou
15 February 1986  (age 24) 0 0 Canon Yaoundé
 
 MF
Achille Emana
5 June 1982  (age 27) 32 6 Real Betis
 

 FW
Aboubakar Vincent Paté
15 May 1986  (age 24) 0 0 Cotonsport Garoua
 
 FW
Samuel Eto’o (C) 10 March 1981  (age 29) 92 43 Internazionale
 
 FW
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
23 March 1989  (age 21) 0 0 Nuremberg
 
 FW
Mohammadou Idrissou
8 March 1980  (age 30) 28 9 Freiburg
 
 FW
Dorge Kouemaha
28 June 1983  (age 26) 2 0 Club Brugge
 
 FW
Pierre Webó
20 January 1982  (age 28) 39 13 Mallorca
 
 FW
Jacques Zoua
6 September 1991  (age 18) 2 0 FC Basel