Cameroon World Cup 2014 Team Profile

Cameroon - World Cup 2014 Team Profile

Cameroon.

Road to Brazil

Cameroon beat Tunisia 4-1 on aggregate in Round 3 after topping Group I in African qualifying but went through in some controversy after Togo were docked points for fielding an ineligible player.

Fixtures

Cameroon team jersey kit 1 (c) Soccerphile. Cameroon team jersey kit 2 (c) Soccerphile.

Cameroon Kit 1
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Cameroon Kit 2
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Cameroon v Mexico v 13 June; Natal
Cameroon v Croatia 18 June; Manaus
Cameroon v Brazil 23 June; Brasilia

Analysis

Cameroon's preparations for the World Cup were not ideal with the squad arguing with the FA over bonuses.

Cameroon will be hoping to take points off Croatia and Mexico, which may be enough for them to go through with hosts Brazil from Group A.

The Indomitable Lions will certainly be hoping to do better than in 2010 when they lost all three group games. The core of that squad still remains and that bitter experience may serve them in good stead for this tournament.

Cameroon play a 4-3-3 but the strength of the team is at the back with Charles Itandje impressive in goal with Nicolas N'Koulou and Aurelien Chedjou forming a good centerback pairing.

Cameroon's midfield seems to consist entirely of holding players and enforcers and the team desperately lack a creative fulcrum.

Key player: Samuel Eto'o

Samuel Eto'o has been a divisive figure over the years but he needs to find the net if Cameroon are to progress, as the team struggle to score.

One to watch: Nicolas N'Koulou

Nicolas N'Koulou is regarded as one of the best young center backs in Europe and a good tournament could see the 24 year old leave Marseille for a bigger club.

Coach: Volker Finke

German coach Volker Finke coached SC Freiburg for 16 years from 1991-2007 and had an unsuccessful season with Urawa Reds in Japan's J-League.

FIFA World Ranking

Record

1982, 1994, 1998, 2002 First Round; 1990 Quarter finals.

World Cup Betting

Soccerphile Says

Cameroon lack creativity and if they do progress behind Brazil, it is unlikely they have the beating of the winner of Group B containing Spain, the Netherlands and Chile in the second round. The match in the Amazonian heat of Manaus should favor the Africans over Croatia and this match may be key to their campaign.

2014 World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers: Loic Feudjou (Coton Sport), Charles Itandje (Konyaspor), Sammy Ndjock (Fethiyespor)

Defenders: Allan Nyom (Granada, Spain), Nounkeu Dany (Besiktas, Turkey), Cedric Djeugoue (Coton Sport), Aurelien Chedjou (Galatasaray, Turkey), Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille, France), Henri Bedimo (Lyon, France), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (QPR, on loan from Tottenham, England)

Midfielders: Enoh Eyong (Antalyaspor, Turkey), Jean Makoun (Rennes, France), Joel Matip (Schalke 04, Germany), Stephane Mbia (Sevilla, Spain on loan from QPR, England), Landry Nguemo (Bordeaux, France), Alexandre Song (Barcelona, Spain), Edgar Salli (Lens, France)

Strikers: Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea, England), Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting (Mainz 05, Germany), Benjamin Moukandjo (Nancy, France), Vincent Aboubakar (Lorient, France), Pierre Achille Webo (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Fabrice Olinga (Zulte Waregem, Belgium)