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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

World Cup Preview - Group A - Cameroon

Today's Group A team under the microscope - Cameroon

Nickname: “Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions)”

Absurd FIFA ranking: 50th

Coach: German disciplinarian Volker Finke

Game Schedule:
June 13 – Cameroon v. Mexico (Natal, 12:00 p.m. EST, ESPN2)
June 18 – Cameroon v. Croatia (Fortaleza, 6:00 p.m., ESPN)
June 23 – Cameroon v. Brazil (Brasilia, 4:00 p.m., ESPN2)

Prospects: Gone are the days in which African sides could spring surprises at World Cup tournaments, as Cameroon memorably did on their to the quarter-finals at Italia '90. Cameroon's stars such as Barcelona's Alex Song are now known quantities. Cameroon had a strong run in African confederation qualifying, topping their group and dispatching a strong Tunisia side along the way. However, their lack of firepower up front and their erratic back four play will make them more vulnerable in Brazil this summer.

Key Player: Stade Rennais playmaker Jean Makoun is the creative spark in a largely defensive midfield set-up for the Lions.

Youngster to watch: 18 year old winger Fabrice Olinga has been lighting it up in Belgium this season; it would be nice to see him get some starts off the bench. He seems poised for a move to a bigger club.

Who Will Get the Goals: Finke typically plays Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o up front alone; they'll be overly reliant on his goals.

Who Will Get the Cards: Alex Song will have to take them for the team.

Funniest Name in the Squad: Third-string goalkeeper Sammy N'Djock.

Prediction: Bottom of Group A


Blogger manunitedrules said...

It must be the wooden spoon for Cameroon. They will do well to pick up a point this time out. A good amount of the squad ply their trade with mid table Turkish Premier League or second tier Turkish sides. They will struggle to compete.

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