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How they qualified
Drawn in perhaps the most open group in Africa, alongside Libya, Congo DR and Togo, Cameroon survived the challenge with the help of an overturned loss because of Togo’s fielding of an ineligible player. Ultimately the Lions did enough anyway with a 1-0 defeat of the pace-setting Libyans in their final match that saw them finish with 13 points from six matches. Once in the final play-off round, they handled a tough task against Tunisia with aplomb. A scoreless draw on the road gave way to a 4-1 home win that has Volker Finke’s side feeling confident about their trip to Brazil.
FIFA World Cup finals history
Perhaps no team has done more to shake up perceptions of African football. The Indomitable Lions exited Spain 1982 at the group stage, but they ended their maiden excursion undefeated, having drawn 0-0 with both Peru and Poland and 1-1 with eventual winners Italy. Eight years later, they wrote themselves into the annals of the game by beating holders Argentina in the Opening Match and becoming the first African side to reach the quarter-finals, powered by the goals of evergreen striker Roger Milla. That breakthrough performance remains their finest showing, group-stage exits having followed in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010.
The key players
Samuel Eto’o remains the world-class threat up front, although the charismatic figure, who still serves as captain, has gone in and out of the team. But even without the Chelsea veteran, the side if loaded with experience and high-level talent. Nicolas N’Koulou, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Aurelien Chedjou remain vital at the back, while the midfield is even more loaded with Alex Song, Jean Makoun and Stephane Mbia at the heart of the team.
Coach: Volker Finke
Best performances in a FIFA competition: FIFA World Cup Italy 1990 (Quarter-finals), Men’s Olympic Football Tournament Sydney 2000 (Winners)
Former stars: Roger Milla, Marc-Vivien Foe, Rigobert Song
1 Loic FEUDJOU – Goalkeeper
2 Benoit ASSOU EKOTTO – Defender
3 Nicolas NKOULOU – Defender
4 Cedric DJEUGOUE – Defender
5 Dany NOUNKEU – Defender
6 Alexandre SONG – Midfielder
7 Landry NGUEMO – Midfielder
8 Benjamin MOUKANDJO – Forward
9 Samuel ETOO – Forward
10 Vincent ABOUBAKAR – Forward
11 Jean MAKOUN – Midfielder
12 Henri BEDIMO – Defender
13 Eric CHOUPO MOTING – Forward
14 Aurelien CHEDJOU – Defender
15 Pierre WEBO – Forward
16 Charles ITANDJE – Goalkeeper
17 Stephane MBIA – Midfielder
18 Enoh EYONG – Midfielder
19 Fabrice OLINGA – Forward
20 Edgar SALLI – Midfielder
23 Sammy NDJOCK – Goalkeeper
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