World Cup 2014 Previews, Group A: Cameroon

Posted: May 31, 2014 in Uncategorized

World Cup 2014 Previews, Group A: Cameroon
Team: Cameroon
Group: A
Schedule: June 13 vs. Mexico; June 18 vs. Croatia; June 23 vs. Brazil
World Cup Record: 4-9-7 (Best Finish: Quarterfinals, 1990)

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Team: Cameroon
Group: A
Schedule: June 13 vs. Mexico; June 18 vs. Croatia; June 23 vs. Brazil
World Cup Record: 4-9-7 (Best Finish: Quarterfinals, 1990)
Qualifying Form: Won African Qualifying Group I, then defeated Tunisia in two-leg playoff.

Manager: Volker Finke, a well-traveled 66-year-old German.

Player to Watch: Stéphane Mbia. Mbia was one of Harry Redknapp’s numerous high-priced flops at QPR last season. In an attempt to lower their wage bill, Mbia was loaned out to Sevilla, where he’s blossomed and helped the Spanish club win the Europa League. Mbia didn’t feature prominently in qualifying, but based on form deserves to crack the Cameron lineup.

Tactics/Style: Hard to gauge. Evergreen Samuel Eto’o will play somewhere in the starting XI, potentially wide which given his declining pace wouldn’t be very smart. Alexandre Song and Eyong Enoh will anchor the midfield. Cameroon are another African team plagued by the lack of a…

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