World Cup: Cameroon Preview
Cameroon is FIFA’s highest ranked team from Africa, have one of the best players in the world, and may have the best team the country has ever had so they have a decent shot to make it out of Group E.
Cameroon is in Group E with Netherlands, Japan, and Denmark.
has Cameroon at +25000 to win the World Cup and at +450 to win Group E.
Cameroon will be the favorites against Japan and the underdogs against the Dutch and their match against Denmark is one they can win and if it all plays out like it should according to the odds the winner of that match will get second place in the group and make it to the playoffs.
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They may have a little bit of a home field advantage with the tournament being held on African soil.
Cameroon has made the World Cup five times, but they did not qualify for the last one in Germany four years ago.
It was not easy for Cameroon to qualify and they started off slowly, but once they brought in new head coach Paul Le Guen they won four qualifying matches in a row to punch their ticket to South Africa.
Cameroon has one of the best strikers in the world and one of the best in the history in Africa in Samuel Eto’o of Inter Milan. He is worshiped in Africa and will get big cheers every time he touches the ball. He played well in the last two World Cups and will have to do so this summer. Their defense is anchored by Idriss Carlos Kameni of Espanyol, who may be the best goalie from Africa right now.
One of the weaknesses of Cameroon is that they tend to do poorly against great teams. That will hurt them when they play the Dutch. They are also not the youngest team in South Africa, as many of their players are veterans and over 30-years of age. However, on the field they are a solid squad with no glaring weaknesses.
Head coach Paul Le Guen is well respected, especially by his players, with the results that he brought after he took the helm. He will have to manage his team well and figure out how to thwart the Dutch defense and Denmark’s solid midfielders.
Cameroon can gain some confidence with a win in their first match against Japan, as if they lose, or even play to a draw, it will be tough for them to make it out of Group E.
Cameroon World Cup Schedule
6/14/2010 Japan vs. Cameroon
6/19/2010 Cameroon vs. Denmark
6/24/2010 Cameroon vs. Netherlands