Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
BBC Sport World Cup 2002

 You are in: Team Pages: Cameroon  
Front Page
Statistics
Team Pages
Features
Other News
Sports Talk
TV/Radio Coverage
Photo Galleries
Venues Guide
Matches Wallchart
World Cup Greats
History
Quiz

BBC Sport

BBC News

BBC Weather


Click on a name for more detailed team information:

Argentina
Belgium
Brazil
Cameroon
China
Costa Rica
Croatia
Denmark
Ecuador
England
France
Germany
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Nigeria
Paraguay
Poland
Portugal
Rep of Ireland
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Tunisia
Turkey
USA
Uruguay

Saturday, 6 April, 2002, 11:39 GMT 12:39 UK
Lions prepare for Eto'o eruption
Eto'o celebrates one of his many goals
Eto'o celebrates one of his many goals for Cameroon
Young Samuel Eto'o is a dynamic mixture of Roger Milla's thirst for goals and Jean-Manga Onguene's succulent skills.

At just 20, the audacity with which he splits defences and scores is phenomenal.

No wonder Real Madrid pinched him from his hideout in Avenir Douala in Cameroon five-and-a-half years ago.

Since then he has moved on to Mallorca and helped them to third position in the Spanish League last season.

At 21 years-old, Eto'o is already used to success
Aged 21, Eto'o is already used to success

It makes the price Mallorca paid for him, 4.4m, look like a very good deal.

Few of his contemporary countrymen can boast of so much success at such a young age.

Only Patrick Mboma, former African footballer of the year, can equal his great club career, Nations Cup winners medal and Olympic gold.

Despite going to the last World Cup, Japan and Korea will be the first time Eto'o plays on football's biggest stage.

He was not given a chance in France 98 when Cameroon were eliminated in the first round, sitting on the bench in each of the three games.

But after playing a leading role in the Olympic and double Nations Cup triumphs of 2000 and 2002, Eto'o is certainly ready to lend his weight to the Lions' campaign at the World Cup.

And he believes they have the perfect man at the helm in German manager Winfried Schafer.

Open Quote
We've had the same squad since 1998 so that's a plus
Close Quote
Samuel Eto'o

Schafer took over last September and, after guiding the Indomitable Lions to this year's African Nations Cup, must now plan a way to beat his own country in Group E.

"Germany is the strongest team in our group, so it's good we have a German trainer," Eto'o told BBC Sport Online.

"Schafer will help us master the skills we need to face the Germans.

"Our performance at the World Cup will depend on him."

Eto'o also believes the team can re-enact the magic of the 1990 side which reached the quarter-finals in Italy.

"We've had the same squad since 1998, so that's a plus," he said.

"But we have to realise that for every tournament it means starting from zero, from afresh.

"Theoretically, we're in an easy group but the proof lies in our playing."

INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
TOP STORIES FROM
CAMEROON
 TEAMS
 CAMEROON
Full coverage:
News and
features
Lineker's verdict
Statistics pages
World Cup so far
Have Your Say
 SQUAD PROFILES
 RESULTS/REPORTS

GROUP E
  P GD PTS
GERMANY 3 +10 7
IRELAND 3 +3 5
CAMEROON 3 -1 4
SAUDI ARABIA 3 -12 0

 WATCH/LISTEN
 BBC SPORT BULLETINS
 OUR BEST AUDIO
More Audio/Video




© BBC ^ Back to top

Front Page | Statistics | Team Pages | Features | Other News | Sports Talk | TV/Radio Coverage | Photo Galleries | Venues Guide | Matches Wallchart | World Cup Greats | History | Quiz

BBC Sport >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
BBC World Service >> | BBC Radio Five Live >>
© MMII | News Sources | Privacy