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Team Captain Profile: Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o

Team Captain Profile: Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o

A hard-working and highly spirited player, Samuel Eto’o could be Cameroon’s best shot to bring back the national team into the limelight of the World Cup. The country has been one of the strongest sides in the African region, winning four top-notch regional titles for the entirety of its history.  However, the past few years have been a trying period for Les Lions Indomptables, failing to reach even the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2012 and 2013. Eto’o as the team’s captain will invigorate new hopes for Cameroon, especially after he declared his target of at least a semi-final finish in the FIFA World Cup 2014.

 

Eto’o is a four-time African “player of the year” winner but has been very vocal of his country’s shortcomings, citing corruption, lack of discipline, and poor organization as its main conundrums. The 33-year-old striker is even planning to retire from the international scene, allegedly at the request of Cameroon President Paul Biya.

 

The Douala native was once a member of European clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona, Inter, and Anzhi Makhachkala. He scored over a hundred goals in five seasons with Barcelona; he also holds the record for an African with the most number of appearances in Spain’s top-tier league. In 2010, he became the first player to seize two European continental trebles following his landslide feats with Barca and Inter.

 

Cameroon’s third most capped player is the second man to have ever scored in two separate UEFA Champions League finals and the fourth player—after Marcel Desailly, Paulo Sousa, and Gerard Piqué—to have secured the UEFA Champions League in two straight years with different squads. He ranked third in the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2005.

 

Eto’o is currently in the brood of English side Chelsea. He has scored eight goals in 26 appearances for the Blues, including a hat-trick against defending champions Manchester United in January.

 

“We did a good job. Work is the key to our success. Last time, I said there is no magic in football and that’s what we proved…” said Eto’o. “We understand that only hard work can lead to good results.”

 

Image source: CNN

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