The Cameroon National Football team is nicknamed as Les Lions Indomptables, meaning the Indomitable Lions. This team is entirely controlled by the Federation Camerounaise de Football and is known to be one of the most successive teams of Africa.
The team was qualified six times for the FIFA World Cup, which were in 1982, 1990, 1994, 2002 and in 2010. They were also the first African team to have reached the World Cup quarterfinals in 1990, losing to England. Till date, the team has won 4 African Cup of Nations and a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in 2000.
Most of the caps were acquired by Rigobert Song of the team with 138 appearances and Samuel Eto’o scored 46 goals, becoming the top scorer of the team.
The first match of this team was played against Djibouti in 1960 with a victory of 9-2. It was in 1970 that this team got qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations, though they were knocked out in the first round itself. By 1972, they became the host nation and finished in the third place in the Africa Cup of Nations. However, they would not get themselves qualified for the tournament for another ten years.
The year was 1982, when Cameroon team got qualified for their first FIFA World Cup with the increase of teams from 16 to 24 teams being qualified for the World cup. Cameroon was among the 24 teams to be selected along with Algeria to represent Africa in Spain. This team were drawn into group one with Peru, Poland and Italy. Cameroon faced Italy in the first game and the match was a draw of 1-1. Cameroon however failed to qualify for the second round.
In 1984, the team were qualified for the African Cup of nations and finished in second place. For the first time, they were crowned champions of Africa for the first time after beating Algeria and Nigeria. In 1990 World Cup, this team surpassed Nigeria, defeated Tunisia, and in the finals was drawn into group B along with the Soviet Union, Romania and Argentina. It was in this year, that the world was shocked when this team defeated defending champions, Argentina. Later on, they were also qualified for the World Cup in 1998, 2002 and in 2010.
Cameroon National Football team has made six appearances in the World Cup, their first match being in 1982. Their best result was in 1990 when they reached quarter finals. The team made almost 16 appearances in the Africa cup of nations, the first being in 1970. They were the winners in 1984, 1988, 2000 and in 2002 respectively. Moreover, they made 2 appearances in the Confederations cup, first being in 2001 and were runners up in 2002.