Cameroon have qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The Cameroon National football team is nicknamed “Les Lions Indomables” (The Indomitable Lions). Cameroon is currently ranked at number 20 in the FIFA rankings. Cameroon will play in their 6th FIFA World Cup tournament this year. They made their FIFA World Cup debut in 1982 in Spain. Cameroon shocked the world of football in 1990 when they made it to the quarter final stage of the FIFA World Cup in Italy.
Cameroon has also played in 16 African Cup of Nations competitions over the years. They’ve won the trophy 4 times, in 1984, 1988, 2000 and 2002. Cameroon has also played in 2 FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments. They reached the final of the competition in 2003 but lost against France. Cameroon achieved their biggest win in Footballing history when they beat French Somaliland by 9 goals to 2 in 1960. (This was also the country’s first international match played). Cameroon have suffered so big losses over the years. The lost by 6 goals to 1 against Norway in 1990, by 6 goals to 1 against Russia in 1994 and by 5 goals to 0 against Costa Rica in 1997.
Paul Le Guen has been the coach of the Cameroon National Football team since 2009. He took over the honors from Thomas Nkono. The most capped Cameroonian footballer in history is Rigobert Song. He is still active and has played in 131 matches for his nation since 1993. Samuel Eto’o is the current captain of the Cameroon national football team. He’s also the highest scoring Cameroonian footballer in history. He’s scored 42 goals in his career so far. He’s played in 94 matches for his country since 1996. Cameroon will be one of the African teams to watch in the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa. At times they can be very unpredictable.
Cameroon will play in the following 3 group matches in the tournament:
- 14 June 2010 – Cameroon vs Japan @ Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein – Kickoff at 16:00
- 19 June 2010 – Cameroon vs Denmark @ Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria – Kickoff at 20:30
- 24 June 2010 – Cameroon vs The Netherlands @ Cape Town Stadium – Kickoff at 20:30