This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams. This blog was one of them. It was my Russia All-Time Team here. His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014. His Spartak Moscow All-Time team entry of was published in October 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2017. His entry of the Dutch-German rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014. He also copied many many of my blog entries.
|Cameroon World Cup 1990
This is my selection of a 23 member all-time team for Cameroon. The number 23 was chosen because it is the official squad size for the World Cup Finals.
Africa All-Time Team
Ghana, Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia
Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Senegal,
The Rest of Africa(excluding Cameroon, Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Nigeria and North Africa).
Cameroon was best remembered for its "Cinderella" run during the 1990 World Cup Finals. Roger Milla became a World Cup icon by scoring 4 goals as a 38 years old. However, the Indomitable Lions actually put African football into the world map even before that. Eight years earlier, they finished undefeated at the WC Finals in Spain. They are also a major force in African football. They won 4 African cup of Nations and qualified for every WC Finals since 1990, except in 2006.
If there were an All-Time World Cup, this would be the 23 players I would bring to the tournament. The team is not an All-Star team. I tried to be as realistic as possible. A few of the players are selected for tactical reasons at the expense of more famous players.
|African Nations' Cup Winner in 2000
GK: Thomas N'Kono
Thomas N'Kono was among the best keepers from the 1980's and probably the most famous goalkeeper ever from Africa. He played in three WC Finals. Gianluigi Buffon was inspired by him and named his son Thomas after him. After playing in his country with Canon Yaoundé and Tonnerre Yaoundé he moved to Spain with RCD Español in 1982. , He received the France Football African Footballer of the Year award in 1982 and in 1979.
GK: Joseph-Antoine Bell
Joseph-Antoine Bell was voted African keeper of the Century. His international career was limited by living in the same generation as N'Kono. He was on three WC teams, but only started his last WC Finals in 1994. In a 20-year career, he played in his native Cameroon as well as in Côte d'Ivoire and Egypt before moving to France, where he played for Marseille, Bordeaux and eventually ending his playing career with Saint-Étienne.
GK: Jacques Songo'o
Jacques Songo'o was voted the 6th African best keeper of the Century behind Bell and N'Kono. He appeared in over 200 games for Deportivo La Coruna and won Ricardo Zamora award for 1995-1996. His international career was limited by playing behind two of the best keepers in African history. He was on the WC team in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002. He only started at the WC Finals in 1998.
Emmanuel Kunde was a member of both 1982 and 1990 World Cup team. He scored against England in the quarterfinal of the 1990 World Cup finals. He won the 1984 and 1988 African Nations Cups. Kundé scored the winning goal in the 1988 African Nations Cup final against Nigeria with a penalty kick. He had 102 caps for Cameroon. For his club career, he mainly played at home.
CB: Joël Matip
Joël Matip began his professional career with Schalke 04 in 2009, and was part of their teams that won the DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup in 2011. In 2016, he moved to Liverpool FC where he won the Champions' League. He was born in Germany, but represented Cameroon where his father came from. From 2010 to 2015, he played 27 times for Cameroon. In 2015, he announced that he resigned from the national team.
LB: Benoît Assou-Ekotto
Benoît Assou-Ekotto was born in France. He chose to represent Cameroon in football after rejecting callus by the French youth team. He was capped 24 times between 2009 and 2014, He was a member of Cameroon's World Cup team in 2010 and 2014. He started his career with Lens. He has played 7 seasons with Tottenham Hotspurs. He also played for QPR, St. Etienne and Metz.
Geremi Njitap began his career in Cameroon and then, Turkey. He played three seasons with Real Madrid, where he won two Champion' League titles in 1999-2000 and 2001-2002. He also played for Newcastle United and Chelsea. He earned 118 caps for Cameroon from 1996 to 2010, scoring 13 goals. He was a member of their squad for seven Africa Cup of Nations tournaments, winning in 2000 and 2002, as well as the World Cup in 2002 and 2010.
Marc-Vivien Foe died of a heart-related issue during the semi-final of the Confederation Cup between Colombia and Cameroon in 2003. He was awarded the Bronze Star at the tournament. He had 63 caps at the time of his death. He was a part of the World Cup team in 1994 and 2002. He also won two African Nations' Cup in 2000 and 2002. He played professionally for to Canon Yaoundé, West Ham, Lens and Manchester City.
Nicknamed "Marshall", Samuel Mbappe Leppe was a pioneer in Cameroon's football. He played at the Oryx Douala in the 1950s and 1960s, winning five Cameroon champion titles. He never played aboard. He led his club side Oryx Bellois Douala to win the first ever African Champions Cup in 1965. He was the first real star player in Cameroon. Stade Samuel Mbappé Léppé in Douala, Camera is named after him. He was also awarded the CAF Legend Award.
AM: Theophile Abega
Nicknamed "Doctor", Theophile Abega won the Africans' Nation Cup in 1984 as Cameroon's captain. With Canon Yaoundé, he won the 1978 African Cup of Champions Clubs, 1980 African Cup of Champions Clubs and 1979 African Cup Winners' Cup titles as well as four Cameroonian championships and five Cameroonian Cups. Later in his career, he moved to France to play for Toulouse FC before finishing in Switzerland with Vevey.
Frédéric N'Doumbé was born in 1935. At home, he was associated with Caïman Douala. In France, he played for Le Havre, Montpellier and AS Saint -Etienne in the 1960's. He won Ligue 1 titles in 1964, 1967, 1968 and 1969 all with l'AS Saint-Étienne. He wa one of the first Cameroonian to play professionally in France. His daughter is the pop singer Norma Ray.
FW: Eugène N'Jo Léa
Eugène N'Jo Léa left Cameroon for France to study in 1951. He ended up playing for St. Etienne and other French clubs while maintaining his studies. With St.Etienne, he won the Lique 1 title while finishing as the league second highest scorer. Over there, he played with Kees Rijvers and Rachid Mekloufi. He co-founded the National Union of Professional Footballers in 1961 with Just Fontaine and Jacques Bertrand.
ST: Roger Milla
Roger Milla became an international star after he scored 4 goals at the World Cup Finals in 1990 as Cameroon reached the quarterfinal. He was already 38 years old. Many people credited Cameroon for putting African football on the map. Then, in 1994, he became the oldest goal-scorer in World Cup history when he scored against Russia. He was voted the African Player of the Century. He was the African Footballer of the Year in 1976 and 1990.
Born in 1946, Jean Manga Onguene was the 1980 African Footballer of the Year. H played in two African Cup of Nations: 1970 and 1972. He represented Cameroon from 1967 to 1981. In 2006, he was selected by CAF as one of the best 200 African football players of the last 50 year. He spent his whole career at Canon Yaoundé in Cameroon.
ST: Patrick M'Boma
Patrick M'Boma helped the Indomitable Lions to win the Gold medal at the 2000 Olympics. He won two African Cup of Nations: 2000 and 2002. This led him into winning the African Player of the Year Award in 2000. He was at one point the all-time leading scorer for Cameroon. He had played professionally in Japan, France, Italy, Libya and England.
ST: François Omam-Biyik
François Omam-Biyik became a national hero when he scored the goal that beat Argentina in the 1990 World Cup Finals. He also went to the World Cup Finals in USA and France. He had success with different French clubs before moving to Marseille in the summer of 1992. He only played one match, and was transferred to Lens in October 1992. After a few years he continued his career in Mexico with Club América and Puebla F.C.
ST: Samuel E'too
Samuel E'too started his career with the academy of Real Madrid, but he made his name with Mallorca. He was a part of the famous "REM" line at Barcelona where he won two Champions' league titles. He moved to Inter Milan in 2009 and won a third Champions' league in 2009-2010. In 2011, he joined Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia. He won the African Player of the Year award a record four times: in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010. He was capped 118 caps with Cameroon.
Carlos Kameni, André Onana, Alioum Boukar, Nicolas Nkoulou, Ibrahim Aoudou, Elie Onana, Bertin Ebwellé, Michael Kaham, René N'Djeya, Raymond Kalla, Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, Émile Mbouh, Stéphane Mbia, Andre Omam-Biyik, Cyrille Makanak, Charles Lea, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Paul Nlend, Grégoire M'Bida, Jean-Pierre Tokoto, Alphonse Tchami. Vincent Aboubakar, ST: Emmanuel Koum, Pierre Webó, Joseph Yegba Maya, Salomon Olembe, Samuel Edimo.
-- This team was created in 2014. I redid it again in October, 2022.
-- Cameroon won the Gold Medal at the 2000 Olympics with their under-23 team. They also took two AFCON titles in 2000 and 2002. From that generation, I selected 7 players: Patrick M'Boma, Pierre Wome, Rigobert Song, Geremi, Samuel Et'oo, Lauren and Marc-Vivien Foe. Carlos Kameni made honourable mention. They outnumbered the 1990 team largely because the players were given more opportunities and exposure than the previous generations. They got to play in the bigger Europe leagues. For example, Stephen Tataw only played club football in Africa and Japan while the later generations played a higher level.
|African Cup of Nations 2002
|Samuel Mbappe Leppe