Cameroon – World Cup 2010 – Betting
Manager: Paul Le Guen
Captain: Samuel Eto’o
FIFA World Ranking: 19
World Cup Appearances: 6
Best World Cup: Quarter-Finals – 1990
Cameroon Team Profile
Cameroon are one of the more recognisable Africa nations, this because of their six 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. They are the highest ranked African nation going to the World Cup, and because they’ve appeared in the finals on more occasions than any other African nation, they’ll head to South Africa with the boldest pedigree of all the African teams competing.
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, but also because of his bubbly attitude. Eto, because of his vast amount of experience and football knowledge, 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 nine World Cup fixtures needs improving in South Africa.
Nicknames: Les Lions Indomables (The Indomitable Lions)
Paul Le Guen has enjoyed a mixed bag of fortunes during his managerial career, with his spell at Lyon his best to date. His manager C.V. consists of stints at Lyon, Rangers, Rennes and more recently, Paris Saint Germain. However, his last spell at a French club, PSG, didn’t go accordingly with PSG spending vast amounts of the season near or in the relegation zone. Le Guen did eventually guide PSG away from the dreaded drop but received the sack as a result of a terribly poor season. PSG are now performing very well in Ligue 1 so perhaps his style wasn’t favoured by the players.
This is Paul Le Guen‘s first spell at International level, though, and although he has met the expectations and demands at the Cameroon helm, there were stages where Cameroon’s arrival in the World Cup was on the rocks. Nevertheless, Cameroon did qualify and now Paul le Guen can look forward and prepare for his first ever World Cup as a manager, after he failed to make any previous final as a player for France.
Although Paul Le Guen has been fairly successful as a manager, all of his success has come in the French leagues, so there will be reservations over his credentials to guide Cameroon to international success on the big stage. He has won the French Ligue 1 three times with Lyon, while he won the French cup on three occasions, also. Winning the World Cup with Cameroon would eclipse all those successes by some distance but that looks very unlikely.
Cameroon Key Players
There has to be no doubt as to who Cameroon’s best player is right now. The Inter Milan ace will be pivotal in how Cameroon fair in this summers showcase event as not only does he lead by example on the pitch, others look up to him off it, also. He has enjoyed a wealth of success at club level and his knowledge of the game is one of the many reasons why he captains Cameroon.
During qualifying, Eto almost single handily dragged Cameroon into the finals, scoring eight goals, five more than anyone else in the Cameroon set up. His sheer pace on and off the ball will scare the living daylights out of most defenders and keep even the smartest of defenders on their toes. His vision and awareness in the penalty area has made him one of the most feared strikers on the planet and, although the rest of the squad can’t get anywhere near Eto’s level, as long as they create half-a-chance for the Inter forward, chances are he will take it and he could be the pinnacle of an otherwise ordinary Cameroon team.
Most African sides boast pace as their strongest asset and Cameroon are no exception. We all know about Samuel Eto’o, but Pierro Webo & Achille Emana also boast speed in abundance, while Lyon’s Jean Makoun provides a safety netting over the Cameroon defence. The Cameroon squad does actually pack a lot of big club experience so the players, although some won’t be too familiar with a World Cup atmosphere, shouldn’t be too shy and reserved on the big stage. In fact, Le Guen opted to use just one home based player during Cameroon’s qualifying bid – Haman Sadjo being the only exception to a European based rule it would seem.
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: 9
Goals Conceded: 2
Cameroon Qualifying statistics:
- Cameroon were one of two nations to qualify on the very last set of fixtures, beating Morocco 2-0 to book their spot in the finals.
- Samuel Eto’o was back to his prolific self when in a Cameroon shirt, netting no less than eight goals during qualifying, the second best tally in the African continent.
- Cameroon actually had the best defensive record throughout the lengthy qualifying period, conceding just four goals in 12 fixtures.
- Kameni, the goalkeeper, Jean Makoun & veteran Rigobert Song, were the only three players to partake in every qualifier in the group stage of qualifying.
World Cup Potential: 2/5
Cameroon could be a nuisance at this summers show-piece but it’s hard to envisage Paul Le Guen’s outfit actually delving deep into South Africa’s inaugural World Cup. They do boast a handful of players that will be dangerous and lively characters, but consistency will undoubtedly be an issue. Samuel Eto’o will capture the heart of the nation as his pace and trickery in the final third will keep the fans back home not only excited but also in hope that their captain could inspire the team to great success. However, they will do well to escape what is a competitive Group E against the likes of Holland, Japan and Denmark.
Cameroon World Cup Betting Odds
Cameroon to win the World Cup: 450/1 – bWin
Before the World Cup the odds on Cameroon were 125/1
Official Cameroon World Cup Squad
Hamidou Souleymanou (Kayserispor)
Idriss Carlos Kameni (Espanyol Barcelona)
Guy Roland Ndy Assembe (Valenciennes)
Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Tottenham Hotspur)
Sebastien Bassong (Tottenham Hotspur)
Gaetan Bong (FC Valenciennes)
Aurelien Chedjou (OSC Lille)
Geremi Njitap (Ankaragücü)
Stephane Mbia (Olympique Marseille)
Nicolas Nkoulou (AS Monaco)
Rigobert Song (Trabzonspor)
Achille Emana (Betis Seville)
Enoh Eyong Tarkang (Ajax Amsterdam)
Jean II Makoun (Olympique Lyon)
Georges Mandjeck (1. FC Kaiserslautern)
Joel Matip (FC Schalke 04)
Landry Nguemo (Celtic Glasgow)
Alexandre Song (Arsenal)
Vincent Aboubakar (Coton Sport de Garoua)
Eric Choupo-Moting (Nuremberg)
Samuel Eto’o (Inter Milan)
Mohamadou Idrissou (SC Freiburg)
Pierre Webo (RCD Mallorca)
last update: 18 June 2010
World Cup 2010 Cameroon Fixtures – Group E
|Date - Time||Group||Match||Result|
|14/06 - 12.30||E||Holland - Denmark||2-0|
|14/06 - 15.00||E||Japan - Cameroon||1-0|
|19/06 - 12.30||E||Holland - Japan||1-0|
|19/06 - 19.30||E||Cameroon - Denmark||1-2|
|24/06 - 19.30||E||Denmark - Japan||1-3|
|24/06 - 19.30||E||Cameroon - Holland||1-2|
World Cup 2010 Group E - Table
|Rank||Team||Matches / Points|
|1||Holland||3 Matches / 9 Points|
|2||Japan||3 Matches / 6 Points|
|3||Denmark||3 Matches / 3 Points|
|4||Cameroon||3 Matches / 0 Points|