Paul LE GUEN
Coach since July 2009
The Frenchman took a short term contract with Cameroon lasy year when they were lying bottom of their World Cup qualifying group standings. A championship-winning coach in France with Olympique Lyon, his star dimmed after undistinguished spells at Glasgow Rangers and Paris St Germain. But with Cameroon, Le Guen affected a turn around to qualify the team for a place at the 2010 finals in South Africa. He took criticism for a quarter-final exit at the Nations Cup in Angola but had already signed an extension to his deal with the Cameroon federation through to the World Cup finals
54 caps (0 goals)
Hero in the penalty shootout that saw Cameroon win Olympic gold over Spain at Sydney in 2000. Made his debut for the national side the next year and has been first choice for the last seven years. Baby faced goalkeeper with a fiery temper who has famously had fiery confrontations with both fans and teammates.
Guy Roland N’Dy ASSEMBE
0 caps (0 goals)
Chosen as a back-up goalkeeper for the 2010 African Nations Cup finals after breaking through in Ligue 1 with Valenciennes, where he is on loan from Nantes, where his career started his career. Made his Ligue 1 debut against Paris St Germain in August and gone on to become a regular this season. He was born in Yaounde but brought up in France.
20 caps (0 goals)
Made his national team debut a decade ago in 2000, just before he left Coton Sport in Garoua for Turkey, were he has played ever since, at Caykur Rizespor, Denizlispor and since 2008 at Kayserispor. He has been a squad member at the four African Nations Cup tournaments but played just three times.
Benoit ASSOU EKOTTO
Tottenham Hotspur (Eng)
6 caps (0 goals)
Born in France with a father from Cameroon, he took some persuading before finally debuting for the Indomitable Lions in March last year. Injury kept him from this year’s Nations Cup finals in Angola but played in four qualifiers en route to the 2010 World Cup finals. As a kid, Racing Lens snapped him up at the age of 10.
Tottenham Hotspur (Eng)
4 caps (0 goals)
Former French Under-21 international, who only caught Cameroon’s attention after he moved from Metz to Newcastle in England. Made a £8million move to Spurs at the start of the season and made his international debut against Austria. Had a tiff with coach Paul Le Guen over missing out on the Nations Cup in Angola but was back for the March friendly against Italy.
Former French Under-21 international, who in 2009 left FC Metz to sign a four-year deal with Valenciennes FC.
7 caps (0 goals)
A graduate of the Kadji Sports Academy in Cameroon, where Samuel Eto’o also hails from, who first went to Spain. Later at the academy at Auxerre, he served as a central defender but is better known as a defensive midfielder. Joined Lille in 2007 and a Ligue 1 regular since.
112 caps (13 goals)
Now in the twilight of an international career that started in 1996 and has seen him compete at two previous World Cup and win more than 100 caps. His past clubs have included Real Madrid, Chelsea and Newcastle, who he left in January to return to Turkey, where he had previously played at Genclerbirligi. Set-piece specialist but not as mobile as he used to be.
29 caps (3 goals)
Powerful midfielder set to win Ligue 1 honours this season with his club. Moved from the Kadji academy to Rennes in 2004 after being spotted playing at the Under-17 world championship in Finland, where he played alongside Alexandre Song. Marseille spent £12million to sign him from Rennes last July on a fouryear contract.
Monaco (Fra) 13 caps (0 goals)
Exciting talent who made his debut as a teenager and is now established as the first choice centre-back for the country. Part of an emerging new generation and the player who has pushed the legendary Rigobert Song out of the team. Nkoulou made his debt at Monaco just weeks after arriving as an 18-year-old.
135 caps (4 goals)
It looks to be last hurrah for the most capped player in Cameroon’s history. The ex captain, who will be at his third finals, is the youngest player to be sent off and one of only two players to have been dismissed in two different World Cups. He joins Lee Woon Jae of Korea Republic as one of only two players to play in 1994 World Cup and the 2010 World Cup.
10 caps (0 goals)
His style of play is marked by his endless midfield running. Had been a junior international but then disappeared to seek his playing fortune in Europe, ending up in northern Cyprus, which is not recognised by FIFA. Spent two seasons at Ajax Cape Town in South Africa before being signed by their Dutch mother club, where then coach Marco Van Basten lavished praise on him after his first performances.
47 caps (3 goals)
Played poorly at his last two tournament appearances at the 2008 and 2010 Nations Cup finals. A dynamic midfield force who cost Lyon some £11million when they bought him from Lille. His contribution to Lyon included a remarkable goal against Real Madrid in this year’s Champions League.
3 caps (0 goals)
Has been on loan at Kaiserslautern in the German second division from Stuttgart. It is his second loan spell at the club. Went to January’s Nations Cup tournament with a single cap to his name and ended up in the starting line-up in midfield. Played for Cameroon at Under-23 level at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008.
1 cap (0 goals)
German-born talent who was named in the Nations Cup squad for the Nations Cup in Angola in January but did not turn up for the tournament. Matip was born to a German mother and former Cameroonian footballer Jean Matip. He is the brother of the German football player Marvin Matip and is a cousin of Joseph-Désiré Job.
20 caps (0 goals)
Nephew of Rigobert Song, he won his first cap in 2005 but was not picked again until coach Otto Pfister went to watch him in the Arsenal reserves just before the 2008 Nations Cup. First signed by Bastia in France but then had a trial with Arsenal in 2005 and eventually cost Arsene Wenger a paltry £1million.
At the age of 18, he was one of three youngest players nominated to play in the 2010 World Cup.
Jean-Eric Maxim CHOUPO-MOTING
A German born Cameroonian who represented Germany at under 19 and under 21 levels.
Real Betis (Spa)
32 caps (5 goals)
Spent almost a decade on the books at Toulouse in France before moving to Spain two seasons ago. He had been a junior at Valencia, who brought him across to Europe from Douala. Played for Cameroon at the Confederations Cup in 2003 and has been to the last four Nations Cup finals.
91 caps (42 goals)
Three-time African Footballer of the Year who should have won a record fourth award for his 2009 achievements, which included a second Champions League win with Barcelona, but surprisingly finished second to Didier Drogba. Moved to Inter in the off-season, at the same time as being appointed Cameroon captain in place of Rigobert Song.
28 caps (6 goals)
Lanky striker who has spent a decade in German football, his best return coming last season when his 13 goals helped Freiburg to win promotion to the Bundesliga. Made his national debut at the 2003 Confederations Cup in France and played in the 2008 Nations Cup final loss to Egypt. Also competed at the World Youth Championships in Nigeria in 1999.
38 caps (14 goals)
Burley striker who has been in Cameroon’s squad at the last three Nations Cup finals and scored several vital goals along the way, including a hat-trick away against the Ivory Coast in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers. Played three seasons in Uruguay before moving to Spain in 2003 and has the unique claim of being the only African to play in the Copa Libertadores and the UEFA Champions League.