Current Fifa Ranking : 50th with 615 points
World Cup Appearances : 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010
Best Achievement : Quarter Finals in 1990
Head Coach : Volker Finke
Captain : Samuel Eto’o
Thanks to an error by Togo during qualifications where a suspended player was fielded by mistake, the Indomitable Lions were awarded a 3-0 automatic victory after having lost the match 2-0 which would have had them knocked out of qualifiers. Head coach Volker Finke will want to use this force of luck to his advantage and attempt to mentally improve the squad until the tournament begins.
Playing against the hosts in such a particular climate as Brazil’s is never an easy task, whilst Croatia and Mexico are also added to the mix to see a potential scrap for second place between three deserve squads. Although, on paper, Brazil will probably top the group, we shall be in for a thrilling group phase as the outcome is very hard to predict.
The Indomitable Lions’ captain is Samuel Eto’o, although controversy surrounds the player due to his resignation from the national setup, claiming that other players refused to pass the ball to him. He has since then changed his mind and returned to the team, ready to lead the line in what is probably his last World Cup. Malaga’s Carlos Kameni is usually the man in charge between the posts, aided by the likes of QPR’s Essou-Ekotto and Marseille’s N’Koulou in front of him. In midfield, Barcelona’s Alexander Song is given the unusual position of playmaker, mostly due to the abundance of defensive midfielders, such as Sevilla’s Mbia. Their star player, Samuel Eto’o, will hope that past controversies have been brushed aside in order to create a true threat with his teammates come this summer.
The hosts have the potential to top the group, meaning that this may turn out to be a battle between the Indomitable Lions, Croatia and Mexico for second place. Repeating their impressive 1990 success will be a hill too steep to climb however, where progression past the group stages would already be regarded as success.
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