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June 26, 2010
Posted by WorldCupBlog on 06/26/2010

It was just 10 minutes into the game, but the move was the perfect microcosm for Cameroon’s 2010 World Cup. Winning the just inside their own half, an impressive series of passes saw the chipped toward midfielder Jean Makoun in the center of the field. Makoun’s first touch took the ball up and over Dutch midfielder Rafael Van der Vaart. His second sent the ball out to the right touchline and into the path of the onrushing Geremi, the vision of the move sublime.

June 24, 2010
Posted by WorldCupBlog on 06/24/2010

Heading into the 2010 World Cup, Cameroon no doubt looked at the matchup with the Netherlands (Thursday, 2:30 EDT, ESPN2, as one that would decide who took first-place in the group. That’s about half-right: the Dutch can lock up first place in the group with just a draw. Cameroon can look forward to playing spoiler.

June 19, 2010
Posted by WorldCupBlog on 06/19/2010

Before matters get too complicated, let’s get to the simple part: the Indomitable Lions simply cannot lose to Denmark at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria in the second game for both teams in Group E. And realistically they have to win if they want to have any chance of advancing past the first round and avoiding a massive disappointment.

June 17, 2010
Posted by WorldCupBlog on 06/17/2010

Well that was lame.
And damaging. Very damaging.
Is it too early to say Cup-ending? Perhaps. But really the one thing Cameroon could not afford to do in its opening Group E match Monday at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein was lose.

June 14, 2010
Posted by WorldCupBlog on 06/14/2010

When Cameroon takes the field Monday morning for it’s World Cup opener against Japan in Free State, it will be doing so with a number of things in it its favor.

For starters, the Indomitable Lions have never lost their opening match in the World Cup finals (one win, four draws). A continuation of that trend will be especially important this year, as the three teams not named Holland in Group E will likely be fighting for a spot in the Dutch’s great Oranje shadow.

June 10, 2010
Posted by WorldCupBlog on 06/10/2010

Cameroon hit man Samuel Eto'o has warned the world that it's time for an African team to lift the World Cup this summer. No African team has ever made it past the quarter final stage before, that honour belonging to Cameroon themselves at Italia 90, but the Inter Milan striker feels that Africa is not only ready to stage it's first ever World cup tournament, but that the continent is ready to keep hold of the illustrious trophy.

June 2, 2010
Posted by WorldCupBlog on 06/02/2010

Paul Le Guen has named his 23 men (+1 alternate) to represent the Lions of Cameroon in World Cup 2010. His list has no huge surprises, and is a strong set of European based players. Whether they are strong enough is still to be determined.

Carlos Idriss Kameni (Espanyol)
Souleymanou Hamidou (Kayserispor)
Guy Roland N’dy Assembé

Benoît Assou Ekotto (Tottenham)
Sébastien Bassong (Tottenham)
Gaëtan Bong (Valenciennes)
Aurélien Chedjou (Lilles)
Geremi Njitap (Ankaragücü)
Stéphane Mbia (Marseille)
Nicolas Nkoulou (Monaco)
Rigobert Song (Trabzonspor)

Eyong Enoh (Ajax)
Jean Makoun (Lyon)
Georges Mandjeck (Kaiserslautern)
Landry Nguémo (Celtic)
Alexandre Song (Arsenal)
Joël Matip (Schalke)

Vincent Aboubakar (Coton Sport)
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Nuremburg)
Achille Emana (Real Betis)
Samuel Eto’o (Inter)
Mohamadou Idrissou (Freiburg)
Achille Webó (Mallorca)

Of course, this week, the big news other than the squad announcement was the rift between current Lions star Samuel Eto'o and former great Roger Milla. Milla apparently claimed that Eto'o gives more effort during club performances than during national team ones, something that has really offended Eto'o. Because of the comments, and the percieved lack of respect from the Cameroon old guard, Samuel Eto'o has threatened to quit the team. I don't think it will happen, but if it did, it would be the early news of the tournament, and all but sink the team. His red card in the friendly against Portugal cannot have helped matters.

May 25, 2010
Posted by WorldCupBlog on 05/25/2010

Tottenham Hotspur defender Sebastien Bassong has been named in Cameroon's 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup.

The French-born defender, 23, was left out of the team that played in the African Nations Cup earlier this year, but remains in Paul Le Guen's thoughts going into the summer.

Bassong is included alongside Spurs team-mate Benoit Assou-Ekotto as well as Alexandre Song of north London rivals Arsenal.

May 13, 2010
Posted by Dom Raynor on 05/13/2010

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