Cameroon – World Cup 2014 – Betting
Manager: Volker Finke
Captain: Samuel Eto’o
FIFA World Ranking: 59
World Cup Appearances: 7
Best World Cup: Quarter-Finals – 1990
Cameroon Team Profile
Cameroon are one of the more recognisable African nations, this because of their seven previous appearances in the finals of a World Cup, while no other African nation has gone further than Cameroon’s best of the quarter-final stage back in 1990. Because they’ve appeared in the finals on more occasions than any other African nation, they’ll head to Brazil with the boldest pedigree of all the African teams competing, but do they have the talent to back up the confidence? After a fairly comfortable qualifying process, culminating in a 4-1 win over Tunisia to book their spot at Brazil 2014, the Lions may be ready to roar again.
You don’t often associate Cameroon with big names but in their history they’ve had two who have stood out amongst the crowd of Cameroon wannabe stars, and they are Roger Milla, arguably the greatest Cameroon player ever, and Samuel Eto’o, who has been the idol of a football mad nation for quite some time. Eto is instantly recognisable not only because of his vast European experience and accolades earned from his time at Barcelona and Inter Milan, and is still having an impact at a top level with Chelsea in the Premier League. He now captains Cameroon at international level and the pressure upon his shoulders to guide Cameroon past the group stages for the first time since 1990 will be immense, while Cameroon’s record of one win in their last twelve World Cup fixtures needs improving in Brazil.
Nicknames: Les Lions Indomables (The Indomitable Lions)
German Volker Finke will have had just about a year in charge of Cameroon by the time the World Cup rolls around. That’s not exactly a lot of games under his belt on the international level. As of February 2014, he had taken the helm of just ten matches with Cameroon, posting 40% win rate. This is the biggest job of his career, having been with clubs like the Urawa Red Diamonds and FC Koln. He was a bit of a shot in the dark from nowhere to come and take charge of Cameroon
Cameroon Key Players
For many years now, Samuel Eto’o has been at the front of Cameroon’s quests for glory, carrying on the torch from players like Roger Milla, Marc-Vivien Foe and Rigobert Song. Now plying his trade with Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League, Eto’o may get one final chance at a World Cup swansong. His appearances for his country has dropped of significantly, only putting in one appearance during 2013, but still scoring two goals in the match. Is going to be a valuable asset to have hanging around the dressing room because of his experience and legend status. May not have the legs anymore at the top level to have that much of an impact. Other familiar names representing Cameroon at the 2014 World Cup are Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Stephane Mbia, Alex Song, Jean Makoun. Barcelona’s Song is likely to be the key figure that makes the whole engine room tick over. Take him out of the equation and they look a lot weaker.
Spirit is going to be the backbone of Cameroon’s quest here, as they don’t really have the look of a squad which can challenge that hard. There isn’t really a standout player in the squad so they are going to have to rely on each a lot here. The biggest strength that they do have on the pitch itself in terms of technical ability is through the centre of the park with Alex Song. They have established names at the back but they are unlikely to mount much of challenge in Group A really, unless someone takes a firm leadership grip with responsibility in the middle of the park.
Although most of the entire squad plies their trade in Europe, not too many actually play for big teams so it’s hard to consider that they will have the required level to go far this summer. They have the raw materials for a successful campaign; speed, strength and an unquestionable thirst for success – but consistency will be a big issue for most and they’ll need their A-game in all of their World Cup fixtures in order to please the millions of Cameroon fans back home. Anything short of 100% and it won’t be enough for Cameroon as their team just isn’t strong enough to drop off.
Cameroon Qualification for the World Cup
Goals Scored: 12
Goals Conceded: 3
World Cup Potential: 1/5
Very slim would be the word here and they are going to face a tough battle just to get out of their group. Cameroon really have to bring their top midfield show to every game, because the rest of their games is letting them down. Their crunch match in Group A is going to come against Croatia, in what is likely to be a scrap for second place behind Brazil. Croatia look a technically better, well rounded squad than Cameroon do, but they Indomitable Lions have done it before and surprised, but anything beyond the first knockout stage is going to be a big ask of them. One of the weaker African sides entering Brazil 2014.
Cameroon World Cup Betting Odds
Cameroon to win the World Cup: 500/1 – oBwin
Before the World Cup the odds on Cameroon were 125/1
Cameroon World Cup 2014 Fixtures – Group A
|Th 12th June||21.00||Brazil v Croatia||3:1|
|Fr 13th June||17.00||Mexico v Cameroon||1:0|
|Tu 17th June||20.00||Brazil v Mexico||0:0|
|We 18th June||23.00||Cameroon v Croatia||0:4|
|Mo 23rd June||21.00||Cameroon v Brazil||1:4|
|Mo 23rd June||21.00||Croatia v Mexico||1:3|
World Cup 2014 Group A Table
Spirit is going to be the backbone of Cameroon’s quest here, as they don’t really have the look of a squad which can challenge that hard. There isn’t really a standout player in the squad so they are going to have to rely on each alot here. The biggest strength that they do have on the pitch itself in terms of technical ability is through the centre of the park. They have established names at the back but they are unlikely to mount much of challenge in Group A really, unless someone takes a firm leadership grip with responsibility in the middle of the park.