Cameroon at the World Cup: The 10 Greatest Indomitable Lions of All Time

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Cameroon at the World Cup: The 10 Greatest Indomitable Lions of All Time

The history of Indomitable Lions football is best understood as a succession of generations, each with its own memorable records and significant accomplishments.

The first great generation to rise to international prominence featured the likes of Thomas Nkono, Roger Milla, Theophile Abega, and Jean Manga-Oguene.

This was the group that won the African Cup of Nations in 1984 and made waves at the 1982 World Cup by almost beating out eventual champions Italy for a spot in the second round. Every great Cameroonian footballer of the last 25 years has stood on the shoulders of these giants.

The next great Indomitable Lions generation won the 1988 African Cup of Nations, made the quarterfinal of the 1990 World Cup in Italy, and competed again four years later in 1994 with players like François Omam-Biyik, Emmanuel Kunde, and Joseph-Antoine Bell, while still featuring the immortal Roger Milla.

The third memorable generation of Cameroon international footballers, several of whom will make the trip to South Africa this summer, won gold at the 2000 Summer Olympics, won the African Nations Cup in 2000 and 2002, and participated memorably in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups. This group includes Rigobert Song, Geremi Njitap, Patrick Mboma, and wunderkinder turned old warhorses Samuel Eto'o and Idriss Carlos Kameni.

Though the current, promising crop of young Lions does not include any players that have made my top ten Cameroonian internationals of all time, several of them may deserve serious consideration if Cameroon can make a decent run at the Finals this summer.

Lastly, before proceeding to the actual list, I'd like to humbly offer a dedication to a fallen Lion who very well could have been among the top names on the list had his career not been tragically cut short in 2003.

In memory of Marc-Vivien Foé, may the Lions' first trip to the World Cup since his passing provide a fitting testament to his indomitable spirit.

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