(The Indomitable Lions)
|Association||Fédération Camerounaise de Football|
|Head coach||Toni Conceição|
|Captain||Jean-Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting|
|Most caps||Rigobert Song (137)|
|Top scorer||Samuel Eto'o (56)|
|Home stadium||Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo|
|Current||53 (19 December 2019)|
|Highest||11 (November 2006 - January 2007, November - December 2009)|
|Lowest||79 (February - March 2013)|
|Current||63 6 (25 November 2019)|
|Highest||12 (June 2003)|
|Lowest||76 (April 1995)|
| Belgian Congo 3-2 French Cameroon |
(Belgian Congo; September 1956)
|AD Alcorcon 0-11 Cameroon ; 10 June 2019|
| Norway 6-1 Cameroon |
(Oslo, Norway; 31 October 1990)
Russia 6-1 Cameroon
(Palo Alto, California, United States; 28 June 1994)
Costa Rica 5-0 Cameroon
(San José, Costa Rica; 9 March 1997)
|Appearances||7 (first in 1982)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals, 1990|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||19 (first in 1970)|
|Best result||Champions, 1984, 1988, 2000, 2002, 2017|
|African Nations Championship|
|Appearances||1 (first in 2016)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals, 2016|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2001)|
|Best result||Second place, 2003|
The Cameroon national football team, nicknamed in French Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions or Untameable Lions), represents Cameroon. It is controlled by the Fédération Camerounaise de Football and has qualified seven times for the FIFA World Cup, more than any other African team (in 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014). However, the team has only made it once out of the group stage. They were the first African team to reach the quarter-final of the World Cup, in 1990, losing to England in extra time. They have also won five Africa Cup of Nations titles.and Olympic gold in 2000.
Cameroon played its first match against Belgian Congo in 1956, losing 3-2. They first qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 1970, but were knocked out in the first round. Two years later, as host nation, the Indomitable Lions finished third after being knocked out by their neighbours and future champions Congo in the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations. They would not qualify for the competition for another ten years.
Cameroon qualified for its first FIFA World Cup in 1982. With the increase of 16 to 24 teams Cameroon qualified along with Algeria to represent Africa in Spain. Cameroon was drawn into Group 1 with eventual winners Italy, Poland, and Peru. In their first game, Cameroon faced Peru and drew 0-0. They then had a second goalless draw with Poland before a surprise 1-1 draw with Italy. Despite being unbeaten they failed to qualify for the second round.
Two years later, Cameroon qualified for the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations, held in Ivory Coast. They finished second in their first-round group before beating Algeria on penalties in the semi-final. In the final, Cameroon beat Nigeria 3-1 with goals from René N'Djeya, Théophile Abega and Ernest Ebongué to become champions of Africa for the first time.
Cameroon qualified for the 1990 World Cup by surpassing Nigeria and beating Tunisia in the final round playoff. In the final tournament, Cameroon were drawn into Group B with Argentina, Romania and the Soviet Union. Cameroon defeated defending champions Argentina in the opening game 1-0 with a goal scored by François Omam-Biyik. Cameroon later defeated Romania 2-1 and lost to the Soviet Union 0-4, becoming the first side to top a World Cup Finals group with a negative goal difference. In the second round, Cameroon defeated Colombia 2-1 with the 38-year-old Roger Milla scoring two goals in the extra time.
In the quarter-finals, Cameroon faced England. After 25 minutes, England's David Platt scored for England, while in the second-half, Cameroon came back with a 61st-minute penalty from Emmanuel Kundé and took the lead with Eugène Ekéké on 65 minutes. England, however, equalized in the 83rd minute with a penalty from Gary Lineker, while Lineker again found the net via a 105th-minute penalty to make the eventual scoreline 3-2 for England. The team was coached by Russian manager and former player Valeri Nepomniachi.
The 1994 World Cup in the United States saw the adjustment of representation for three African teams qualify. Cameroon qualified with Nigeria and Morocco. In the final tournament, Cameroon were drawn into Group B with Sweden, Brazil and Russia. After a 2-2 draw against Sweden, Cameroon were determined to make an impact. However, a 3-0 loss to Brazil and a heavy 6-1 loss to Russia knocked them out. In their last game against Russia, the then 42-year-old Roger Milla became the oldest player to play and score in a World Cup finals match. The team was coached by French-born Henri Michel.
The 1998 World Cup in France saw the increase of 24 to 32 teams. Cameroon qualified alongside four other African countries. After qualifying as expected, Cameroon were drawn into Group B with Italy, Chile and Austria. Despite drawing with Chile and Austria, a 3-0 defeat to Italy saw Cameroon finish bottom of the group, and they were eliminated as a result. It was an unfortunate elimination, since Cameroon had led Austria 1-0 until the 90th minute, and had two goals dubiously ruled out in a 1-1 draw with Chile. Cameroon had three players sent off in the course of the tournament, more than any other team, despite only playing three games out of a possible seven. They also had the highest card count per game of any team, collecting an average of four bookings in each match they played. It was also during this tournament that a certain Samuel Eto'o was exposed to Cameroonians. He was the youngest player of the tournament alongside Michael Owen of England. The team was coached by French-born Claude Le Roy.
Cameroon qualified for the 2002 World Cup in Korea-Japan, clinching first place in their group which included Angola, Zambia and Togo. Cameroon were drawn into Group E alongside Germany, the Republic of Ireland and Saudi Arabia. Cameroon started with a 1-1 draw with Ireland after giving up the lead and later defeated Saudi Arabia 1-0. In their last game, Cameroon were defeated 2-0 by Germany and were narrowly eliminated by the Irish, who had not lost a game.
In the 72nd minute of the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final between Cameroon and Colombia, midfielder Marc-Vivien Foé collapsed; he was pronounced dead several hours later. In the final against France, Cameroon wore shirts embroidered with Foé's name and dates of birth and death.
In the 2006 World Cup qualifying round, Cameroon were drawn into Group 3 with the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Benin. Cameroon led the group for most of the time until their final game, when Pierre Womé failed to convert a late penalty. On 8 October 2005, Cameroon drew with Egypt 1-1 while the Ivory Coast defeated Sudan 3-1, results which prevented Cameroon from qualifying to the World Cup.
In Cameroon's 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, the team was grouped with Gabon, Togo and Morocco. After a slow start in their campaign with a loss to Togo, the coach of Cameroon, Otto Pfister, resigned. Frenchman Paul Le Guen was appointed as the new coach after a draw against Morocco. Le Guen's appointment caused an uprise in Cameroon's spirits as they earned a win against Gabon in Libreville, followed by another win against the Panthers four days later in Yaoundé. One month later, they defeated Togo in Yaoundé by three goals. On 14 November 2009, Cameroon defeated the Atlas Lions of Morocco 2-0 in Fez in their last match of their campaign. Gabon was also defeated by Togo 1-0 in Lomé. Both results caused Cameroon to qualify for the 2010 World Cup finals, held in South Africa.
Cameroon used sleeveless Puma shirts at the 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali. FIFA, however, did not allow Cameroon to use the same kits as at the 2002 World Cup, and black sleeves were added to the shirts. The 2004 African Cup of Nations witnessed Cameroon again run into controversy regarding their kits. Puma had designed a one-piece kit for the Cameroon team which FIFA declared illegal, stating that the kits must have separate shirts and shorts. FIFA then imposed fines on Cameroon and deducted six points from their qualifying campaign. Puma argued that a two-piece kit is not stated as a requirement in the FIFA laws of the game. Puma, however, lost the case in court, and Cameroon were forced to wear two-piece kits, but FIFA subsequently restored the six qualifying points to Cameroon.
Cameroon started the 2002 African Cup of Nations competition with a 1-0 win over DR Congo. That was followed by another 1-0 win against Ivory Coast, and a comfortable 3-0 win against Togo. These results led Cameroon to qualify from the group stage to the quarter-finals as their group's winner. In the Knockout stage, Cameroon met Egypt in a close match that they won 1-0 by M'Boma's goal in the 62nd minute of the game. In the Semi-finals, Cameroon met the hosts Mali and won the match 3-0 to qualify to the final.
On 13 February 2002, and after a close match, Cameroon won its fourth African Cup of Nations (repeating as champions), by beating Senegal 3-2 in a penalty shootout after a goalless draw to qualify for the 2003 Confederations Cup in France.
Cameroon started the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations competition with a 1-1 draw to Burkina Faso. That was followed by a 2-1 win against Guinea-Bissau, and an unconvincing goalless draw against the hosts Gabon. These results were enough for Cameroon to qualify from the group stage to the quarter-finals, where they met Senegal in a close match that Cameroon won 5-4 in a penalty shootout after it had ended 0-0 after extra time. In the Semi-finals, Cameroon met Ghana and won the match 2-0 to qualify to the final.
On 5 February 2017, and after a close match, Cameroon won the African Cup of Nations for the fifth time after defeating seven-time champions Egypt 2-1 in the final, by Vincent Aboubakar's late goal in the 89th minute of the match. As champions, Cameroon qualified for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
The Cameroon national football team's tradition color is green.
|Le Coq Sportif||1982-1987|
|Le Coq Sportif||2019-present|
|FIFA World Cup||FIFA World Cup Qualifying|
|1930||Did Not Enter||Did Not Enter|
|1970||Did Not Qualify||2||0||1||1||3||4|
|1986||Did Not Qualify||2||0||1||1||2||5|
|2006||Did Not Qualify||10||6||3||1||18||10|
|2018||Did Not Qualify||8||2||5||1||10||9|
|2022||To be determined|
|FIFA Confederations Cup record|
|1992||Did not qualify|
|2005||Did not qualify|
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|Host nation(s) / Year||Round||Position||Pld||W||D*||L||GF||GA|
|1957||Part of France|
|1962||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1965||Did not enter|
|1968||Did not qualify|
|1974||Did not qualify|
|1994||Did not qualify|
|2012||Did not qualify|
|2019||Round of 16||13th||4||1||2||1||4||3|
|2021||Qualified as host|
|2023||To be determined|
|African Nations Championship|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|2014||Did not qualify|
|2020||Qualified as hosts|
|2022||To be determined|
|Olympic Games Record|
|Did not enter|
|Did not qualify|
|1976||Did not enter|
|1980||Did not qualify|
|1988||Did not qualify|
|1992-present||See Cameroon national under-23 football team|
|African Games Record|
|1991-present||See Cameroon national under-23 football team|
Win Draw Lose
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||Fabrice Ondoa||24 December 1995||43||0||Oostende|
|16||GK||Kerrido Haschou||2 June 1994||0||0||CI Kamsar|
|23||GK||André Onana||2 April 1996||15||0||Ajax|
|5||DF||Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui||23 November 1990||33||2||Gent|
|6||DF||Ambroise Oyongo||22 June 1991||45||2||Montpellier|
|12||DF||Joyskim Dawa||9 April 1996||5||0||Mariupol|
|19||DF||Collins Fai||23 November 1992||32||0||Standard Liège|
|21||DF||Jean-Charles Castelletto||26 January 1995||1||0||Brest|
|22||DF||Jérôme Onguéné||22 December 1997||5||0||Red Bull Salzburg|
|--||DF||Allan Nyom||10 May 1988||18||0||Getafe|
|8||MF||André-Frank Zambo Anguissa||16 November 1995||23||2||Villarreal|
|15||MF||Pierre Kunde||26 July 1995||13||0||Mainz 05|
|17||MF||Arnaud Djoum||2 May 1989||24||0||Al-Raed|
|20||MF||Fabrice Olinga||12 May 1996||18||1||Mouscron|
|--||MF||Franck-Yves Bambock||7 April 1995||0||0||Marítimo|
|3||FW||Moumi Ngamaleu||9 July 1994||18||2||Young Boys|
|7||FW||Karl Toko Ekambi||14 September 1992||29||3||Villarreal|
|9||FW||Ignatius Ganago||16 February 1999||2||0||Nice|
|10||FW||Vincent Aboubakar||22 January 1992||66||20||Porto|
|11||FW||Christian Bassogog||18 October 1995||29||5||Henan Jianye|
|13||FW||Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting||23 March 1989||55||15||Paris Saint-Germain|
|14||FW||Didier Lamkel Zé||17 September 1996||1||0||Antwerp|
|--||FW||Jean-Pierre Nsame||1 May 1993||2||0||Young Boys|
The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Simon Omossola||5 May 1998||1||0||Coton Sport||v. Tunisia, 12 October 2019|
|GK||Carlos Kameni||18 February 1984||73||0||Fenerbahçe||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|DF||Gaëtan Bong||25 April 1988||17||0||Brighton & Hove Albion||v. Tunisia, 12 October 2019|
|DF||Félix Eboa Eboa||19 April 1997||1||0||Guingamp||v. Tunisia, 12 October 2019|
|DF||Harold Moukoudi||27 November 1997||1||0||Saint-Étienne||v. Tunisia, 12 October 2019|
|DF||Banana Yaya||29 July 1991||16||2||Olympiacos||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|DF||Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik||3 July 1989||7||0||Gazi?ehir Gaziantep||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|MF||Edgar Salli||17 August 1992||39||1||Sepsi||v. Tunisia, 12 October 2019|
|MF||Paul-Georges Ntep||29 July 1992||4||1||Kayserispor||v. Tunisia, 12 October 2019|
|MF||Jeando Fuchs||11 October 1997||2||0||Maccabi Haifa||v. Tunisia, 12 October 2019|
|MF||Wilfrid Kaptoum||7 July 1996||0||0||Betis||v. Tunisia, 12 October 2019|
|MF||Tristan Dingomé||17 February 1991||0||0||Reims||v. Tunisia, 12 October 2019 INJ|
|MF||Georges Mandjeck||9 December 1988||52||0||Sparta Prague||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|MF||Petrus Boumal||20 April 1993||3||0||Ural Yekaterinburg||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|MF||Pierre Akono||29 June 2000||1||0||Eupen||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
|FW||Stéphane Bahoken||28 May 1992||10||3||Angers||v. Tunisia, 12 October 2019|
|FW||Clinton N'Jie||15 August 1993||32||9||Dynamo Moscow||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|FW||Jacques Zoua||6 September 1991||28||0||Viitorul Constan?a||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|FW||Joel Tagueu||6 November 1993||6||1||Cruzeiro||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|FW||Olivier Boumal||17 September 1989||6||0||Panionios||2019 Africa Cup of Nations|
|FW||Stève Mvoué||2 February 2002||1||0||Azur Star Yaoundé||2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE|
INJ = Withdrew from this squad due to injury