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Cameroon National Football Team

Cameroon National Football Team’s fans know them as The Indomitable Lions, and for good reason. No team has ever had as much success on the African continent, and the team has also reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

While the team isn’t necessarily at the level of 15 years ago, it still has some star players that make them a worry to any side they come up against.

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Thursday November 24Switzerland vs Cameroon (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 11am).

Monday November 28Cameroon vs Serbia (Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah; kick-off 11am).

Friday, December 2Cameroon vs Brazil (Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail; kick-off 8pm).

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Cameroon National Football Team: History, Players, and Competitions

Cameroon National Football Team History

Starting in Douala

It is widely agreed that football only took hold in Cameroon after the First World War when teacher Charles Lalanne helped to set up teams around the coastal city of Douala. The sport was quickly taken up in other urban areas such as Yaoundé and other conurbations in the south of the country.

Post-war Years

After the Second World War, Cameroon set up its own Sports Federation, which helped to restructure various sports throughout the country. This was particularly helpful in football, which garnered a lot of interest but didn’t get many resources or support. The improvement was particularly felt through the introduction of the domestic league, which meant players of a national standard could start being developed.

In 1956, the Cameroon National Football Team played its first official game against Belgian Congo, a match in which they lost 3-2.

Playing Competitively

The team’s first shot at a major trophy came in 1970 when they qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations, but the team failed to get past the first round. However, they built on that in the next iteration two years later when they managed to finish third, marking an undeniable sense that the country would be one to watch in the competition over the coming decades.

Becoming Elite

In the 1980s, the Cameroon National Football Team marked itself as an unparalleled team in Africa. They qualified for their first World Cup in 1982 and were unlucky to be knocked out despite going undefeated. Two years later, they won their first Africa Cup of Nations after beating Nigeria in the final 3-1.

In 1990 the team again qualified for the World Cup and, this time, reached the quarter-finals. To this day, no team from outside Europe or the Americas has ever gone further in the tournament.

They again qualified in 1994, 1998, 2002, and 2010. By this point, they’d also picked up another three Africa Cup of Nations trophies, and they had started to drive the point home that they were the best side their continent had ever seen.

Small Decline

The 2010s were a slight disappointment for Cameroon fans, with the team not quite playing at the standard seen in the three decades prior. However, another Africa Cup of Nations victory in 2017 just about kept fans happy enough, and The Indomitable Lions now go into the Qatar 2022 World Cup hoping that they can at least equal their record of reaching the quarter-final stage of the competition.

Cameroon National Football Team Trivia

  • Cameroonian Roger Milla broke the record for the oldest player to play and score in a World Cup match during the 1994 tournament when he found the back of the net in a 6-1 loss to Russia. Milla is also fondly remembered for his infectiously joyous dancing celebration, which would go on to become a staple in FIFA video games years later.
  • At the next World Cup, Cameroon took a different approach with their frontline, this time fielding Samuel Eto’o, who was the youngest player at the tournament, alongside England’s Michael Owen. The young, energetic forward would go on to be one of the most decorated players in football history and become the country’s record goalscorer, finding the back of the net 56 times for his nation.

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