How will Cameroon fare at the 2022 World Cup? Join @SamRCox_ as he looks at the African side in his everything you need to know guide ahead of this winter's competition...
Cameroon History at the World Cup
The Qatar World Cup will be Cameroon’s eighth entry.
Six of their previous seven have resulted in group stage elimination, with their only knockout appearance coming in 1990 when they became the first African team to reach a World Cup quarter-final.
Cameroon didn’t qualify for Russia four years ago and lost all six of their matches in South Africa and Brazil.
They have four victories from 24 World Cup fixtures, three of which came at Italia 90. Just 18 goals have been scored in those matches, with 43 conceded.
It took extra time after 180 minutes against Algeria to confirm their place in Qatar after topping a group with the Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Malawi.
Cameroon have long been recognised as one of the major powers in African football, and that is reflected in their records held as the African nation with the most World Cup appearances, most matches played at the tournament, and with the joint-best performance at a World Cup.
Cameroon’s nickname is Les Lions Indomptables, which translates directly to ‘The Indomitable Lions’. The definition of ‘indomitable’ is ‘impossible to defeat’ – this might be the best nickname in Qatar this winter.
Our World Cup predictions, however, question whether Cameroon being defeated is actually impossible.
World Cup 2022 Group
Cameroon were drawn with an extremely talented Brazil team, and two competitive European nations in Switzerland and Serbia.
If they are to upset the odds and make the knockout rounds, Les Lions Indomptables need to take at least three points from their first two matches before facing Brazil in Lusail.
Cameroon vs Switzerland – 24th November 2022
Cameroon vs Serbia – 28th November 2022
Cameroon vs Brazil – 2nd December 2022
Cameroon Kit World Cup 2022
Where most nations released their World Cup kits unnecessarily early, Cameroon switched kit provider to One All Sports in 2022, and as of early October, have only teased their World Cup attire.
World Cup 2022 Manufacturers 🏆— World Cup Qatar 2022⚽🥅 (@q2022wc) October 11, 2022
There are just six nations who aren't with the big three brands, which is the exact same number as the last World Cup.
Nike are supplying the shirts for thirteen of the countries which is the most, whereas in 2018 it was Adidas with the most. pic.twitter.com/Xb4YhE8L1V
The home, as ever, will be in that famous deep green, apparently with a tonal, diagonal stripe on the body.
Little has been made public about the away kit, but black and white training kits and jackets could be a taster.
Who Is The Cameroon Manager?
Former Liverpool and West Ham defender Rigobert Song is the Cameroon manager, a post he took on in 2022 after Toni Conceição was dismissed.
Song had been manager of Cameroon’s under-23 team for four years and previously served as a caretaker for the senior team.
Best Cameroon Player
Nicolas Nkoulou is the most experienced player set to be named in the Cameroon World Cup squad, but the best player at their disposal is Napoli’s André-Frank Zambo Anguissa, who has gone from strength to strength since joining I Partenopei from Fulham.
Les Lions Indomptables also have a pair of well-known strikers in Vincent Aboubakar and Karl Toko Ekambi, while Brentford’s Bryan Mbeumo debuted in September.
Cameroon Odds at 2022 World Cup
Pre-tournament football betting odds don’t love Cameroon’s chances. Their 11/1 price to win the group is the longest of the section, though interestingly, there are 10 teams with longer odds to reach the quarters.
Just Australia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Costa Rica have a longer price to lift the trophy in World Cup winner odds.
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*Credit for all of the photos in this article belongs to AP Photo*
FIRST PUBLISHED: 13th October 2022