Beating the champions at Italia 90 made the world love them

They came, they saw, they scared the daylights out of teams...

 

Cameroon beat Maradona's Argentina at Italia 90

Cameroon 1-0 Argentina World Cup 1990

 

Cameroon were the team everybody loved at Italia 90. The opening game at the San Siro against world champions Argentina was something that dreams would be made of. Francois Omam-Biyik stunned Maradona’s team with a goal in the 67th minute.

The experienced Argentinians, albeit still made the final. Cameroon were to lose in the quarterfinals against a Gazza led England team. The African nation made a lot of friends and also put the continent on the footballing map.

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Oman-Biyik leaps high to head a goal against Argentina at Italia 90

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As much has the Cameroon captured the hearts of football fans all over the world, they had their fair share of on field problems. These problem came from, let's say, an enthusiastic approach to tackling. They were more rough & tumble than cynical but none the less sometimes you just had to close your eyes! 

 

Diego Maradona feels the force of a Cameroon tackle

 

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Italia 90 had the whole of Africa watching it. It inspired every young player to want to kick a ball
Ex-Manchester United & South Africa captain Quinton Fortune to football4football

The Cameroon team powered through to the quarterfinals, showing that the win against Argentina was no fluke. They were to face an England team managed by the late great Sir Bobby Robson. A fine performance by Gazza & goals by BBC presenter Gary Lineker saw England through.

The 'Indomitable lions' as they became known got the world looking to Africa for talent. This also helped their own home grown talent. The brilliant Samuel E'to was to become a future star from Cameroon. 

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