Saturday, 10 April 2010

CAMEROON

THEY ARE:
A green country with forests, mountains, beaches and even volcanoes.

AS A FOOTBALL NATION:
They had a great moment in 1990 and ever since in the modern era they have been trying to recapture such feats. They are four times winner of the African Cup Of Nations. The Indomitable Lions are the grand of team of African football.

MY OWN EXPERIENCE:
Their team was legendary in 1990. In their opening match of Italia 90 I will never forget when they beat Argentina 1-0 after/despite having two players sent off. After losing their final group game 4-0 to the Soviet Union they became the only nation to ever top their group with a negative goal difference, a genuine feat. Later in the tournament they faced England and gave us a very good run for our money. Luckily their heavy handed style of play gave England two penalties both of which TV’s Gary Lineker slotted away.

IN 2010:
The star of the show now is Samuel Eto’o. It is now twenty years since the excitement of Italia 90 and the reality is that this team almost missed out on qualification for these finals (they missed out in 2006). The Dutch should rule Group E leaving the second spot relatively open for the three remaining teams. A strong start against Japan could see them on their way.

FAMOUS PLAYERS:
Roger Miller. He is credited with creating the modern goal scoring celebration but his goals in 1990 were wonderful things. His pocket pick of Rene Higuita from Colombia will forever be a legendary warning to goalkeepers the world over. Four years later when he scored against Russia at the 1994 finals in America he was 42 years old making him the oldest World Cup finals goalscorer of all time.

MOST OBVIOUS REFERENCE:
Forests and mountains, basic greenery.

AWAY FROM FOOTBALL:
A strange penchant for making objects out of bamboo.

NUMBER OF PEOPLE FROM CAMEROON THAT I KNOW:
None.

QUOTE FROM A CAMEROONIAN:
Not coming.

DO I LIKE THEM:
Yes, there is always hope (threat) that they will pull off a shock

FINAL COMMENT:
Hoping for a comeback.

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