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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.

Cameroon Odds to Win World Cup 2014: 500/1 (from Bovada)
Cameroon Odds to Win Group A: +2500 (from Bovada)

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.