The Teams’ Routes to the World Cup
African nations have been particularly busy during the past 12 months with hectic international fixture lists due to the 2022 World Cup qualification and the African Cup of Nations. For Cameroon, this was no exception having to play 17 fixtures during this period. Of these matches Cameroon had a decent run of form winning 11, drawing 3 and losing 2. They guaranteed their qualification to the 2022 World Cup with a gruelling win over Algeria in the third-round two-leg eliminator that relied on the away goals rule to see them through. In the African Cup of Nations Cameroon performed admirably reaching the semi-final where they won their group stage to reach the round of 16. In the knockout phase, Cameroon beat Comoros and Gambia before being knocked out by Egypt on penalties. In the run-up to the World Cup Cameroon has two 2-legged qualifiers in the African Nations Championship against Equatorial Guinea and the African Cup of Nations against Namibia.
Going into the 2022 World Cup, Brazil has remained unbeaten for the past twelve months. During this time, they have played 13 games, winning 10 and drawing 3. Each drawn game was an away fixture in the CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup qualification campaign against Colombia, Argentina and Ecuador. Their last defeat came in the Copa América final in July 2021 when they lost 1 – 0 to Argentina. Before the World Cup starts in Qatar, Brazil has arranged two friendly fixtures. They want to prepare themselves for the Cameroon game as they will play Ghana and their other friendly fixture scheduled in September will be against Tunisia. Brazil remained unbeaten in the 2022 CONMEBOL World Cup qualification, winning the group having played 17 games, winning 14 and drawing 3. Brazil is seeking their 6th World Cup trophy and is heading into the competition in fine form.
Historic meetings between Cameroon and Brazil have seen the Africans win once with Brazil winning all the other games. The last meeting saw a solitary Richarlison goal win an international friendly 1 – 0 in November 2018.
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Team Overviews & Player Profiles
To beat a Brazilian team, it is often required for the opposing team’s goalkeeper to pick up a man of the match award. André Onana is the Cameroonian goalkeeper that will have the task of keeping a clean sheet. Rebuilding his career, he was banned for nine months after taking a banned substance in 2021. He will want to make sure not to make the same mistake twice and perform for his current club team Inter Milan and Cameroon. Having recently joined Inter Milan, he was previously at Ajax where he clocked up almost 150 appearances, winning the Eredivisie 3 times. He has made 30 international appearances for Cameroon and will be relishing the task of playing against Brazil. In 2020 Onana was included in the IFFHS CAF Men’s Team of the Year.
Alongside André Onana, another vital component to keep the Brazilians quiet will be defensive midfielder André-Franck Zambo Anguissa. He is currently contracted to Napoli but made his name playing for Marseille where he was a Europa League runner-up in 2017/2018. He has now played 42 matches for Cameroon and scored 5 goals, contributing to an AFCON bronze in the 2020/2021 tournament. Anguissa will have his work cut out against the Brazilians and will need to put in an exceptional shift if Cameroon is to prosper.
There will be no time to take a day off during the group stages, even when Brazil may think they have it easy against Cameroon. Brazil will be facing a physical opposition that will be full of running and hungry to do well against the world’s best. Marquinhos will be playing centre-back and will have to use his tremendous anticipation, pace and intelligence to stop the Cameroonians from getting shots on target. Marquinhos also provides Brazil with versatility as he can play right back and defensive midfield. Captain of French team Paris Saint-Germain making 238 appearances, he is a 7-time Ligue 1 winner and has been included in the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season in 2019/2020 and 2020/2021. For Brazil, he has made 69 international appearances scoring 4 goals and contributing to winning the Copa América in 2019.
The Brazilians are famous for their attack-minded football coupled with flair, but they do not win games based only on this. With the likes of Casemiro and Fabinho in the squad, any team will find it difficult to break Brazil down and score a goal. Fabinho is a ball winner and then recycles possession with his fantastic ability to read the game. In professional club football, he has won the French Ligue 1 with Monaco and while playing for Liverpool he is a Premier League and 2-time UEFA Champions League winner. His first appearance for Brazil was in 2015 and he has gone on to make 27 international appearances.
An Interesting Clash of Styles
Will Cameroon still have something to play for when they come up against Brazil? They will have to be outstandingly compact defensively while the Brazilians will also need to be wary of their African opposition. Cameroon versus Brazil and Serbia versus Switzerland are the final two games in Group G and they will settle which two teams qualify for the round of 16. The two successful Group G teams will go on to play one of two teams qualifying from Group H which includes Uruguay, South Korea, Portugal and Ghana.