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The Cameroon you're thinking of are a physically imposing team who are strong in defence but a little laboured up front. They are the ones who became the darlings of the continent in 1990, but tapered off after that, exiting World Cups in the first round with as much regularity as they entered them. Their new manager, Volker Finke, has tried to change some of that.
Cameroon are still going to be a painful bunch to run into, but they could also be difficult to keep up with. Finke has taken his Freiberg way to West Africa and encouraged a game based on quick passing and moving the ball through the middle to the likes of Samuel Eto'o up front. Finke's approach requires different disciplines, more creativity and an increased attacking mindset, but it is something Cameroon are warming up to.
They still need to work on their strike rate, which would be enhanced from long range, but their weakness will be defending against set pieces. That will not matter as much as if Cameroon allow the differences that divided them over the past few months to come back. If they present a united front, they could be a real threat at this World Cup.
This will be the country's seventh World Cup appearance, which is a continental record. Cameroon have exited at the group stage in every year except 1990, when they won their group (a group that included reigning champion Argentina) and reached the quarterfinals before losing to England.
How they reached Brazil
Cameroon topped a qualifying group filled with aggressive opposition in Libya, DR Congo and Togo, but their path to the summit was not simple. After a victory against DR Congo at home, they lost to Libya, but remained in contention by beating Togo. Before their next match, Cameroon had a change of coach, with Finke taking over from Jean-Paul Akono.
Cameroon promptly lost to Togo despite Finke's arrival, but they were later awarded a 3-0 win after Togo fielded an ineligible player, paving the way for Cameroon to qualify. Another goalless draw in DR Congo was followed by a victory against Libya, advancing Cameroon to the third round. They got there with a goal difference of just plus-5, having scored only seven times (four when you take away the Togo-forfeited match).
Cameroon were paired with Tunisia for the two legs of the playoffs, which yielded a goalless draw in Rades, Tunisia, in the first match. Then, the Indomitable Lions found their way in Yaounde, Cameroon, where they beat Tunisia 4-1 to book a trip to Brazil.
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