Odds Cameroon Will Win World Cup
The Cameroon squad plays a strong physical game and features a very capable midfield and defense. However, the lack of offensive weapons up front leaves the Cameroon side as a distant longshot to win Group A. Indeed, the squad will be hard-pressed to advance beyond the Group Stage without some unexpected heroics. However, given the recent struggles that both Croatia and Mexico faced in qualifying, Cameroon could surprise.
Winless in 2010 and failing to qualify in 2006, Cameroon will be looking for their first World Cup victory since defeating Saudi Arabia in the Group Stage in 2002. The squad qualified with a 4-1 two-game aggregate win over Tunisia but were thrashed 5-1 in a recent friendly against Portugal. Cameroon will be tested in friendlies against Macedonia, Paraguay and Germany in the three weeks prior to the World Cup
Early World Cup Pick
Cameroon fields a young, physical team, but will have a mountain to climb in the Group Stage. They open against a Mexico team that has struggled against top-end competition, and an upset is not out of the question.
The greatest advantage Cameroon will face against Croatia is Brazil’s sultry June weather. The World Cup is a rare occasion for the Croats to play outside of Europe, and Cameroon’s physical style could wear down Croatia, especially if the game occurs on a hot and steamy day.
Cameroon shocked Brazil when they defeated them 1-0 in the 2003 Confederations Cup. But that was 11 years ago, and Brazil, looking outstanding in recent friendlies, will likely be too much for the young Cameroon side.
Cameroon Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup
Cameroon defeated Tunisia 4-1 on aggregate in a CAF playoff. However, the squad managed just eight goals in six prior qualification matches.
02/06/12 Cameroon 1 – 0 Congo DR
10/06/12 Libya 2 - 1 Cameroon
23/03/13 Cameroon 2 – 1 Togo
09/06/13 Togo 0 – 3 Cameroon
16/06/13 Congo DR 0 – 0 Cameroon
08/09/13 Cameroon 1 – 0 Libya
13/10/13 Tunisia 0 – 0 Cameroon
17/11/13 Cameroon 4 – 1 Tunisia
Cameroon World Cup Group Play Schedule
Fri 13/06/14 Mexico vs. Cameroon - Estadio das Dunas
Thu 19/06/14 Cameroon vs. Croatia - Arena Amazonia
Mon 23/06/14 Cameroon vs. Brazil - Nacional
Cameroon Key Players
Samuel Eto'o – FW Chelsea – One of the game’s elite strikers, the veteran FW will be counted on to provide his squad with both leadership and offense.
Alex Song – MF Barcelona – A physical presence in the centre of midfield, the Barcelona MF can shut down opposition attacks and owns superior possession skills that can set the pace of a match.
Joel Matip - DF Schalke 04 – Just 22 years old, the German-born defender will be counted on to take a leadership role on Cameroon’s defense.