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Rakitic, Mbia swap shorts

The Toe Poke

Cameroon get it wrong, very wrong


Finding hope in the teeth of despair


Boot Room Extra Day 4

Men in Blazers

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Men in Blazers

Mexico beat the odds to win


Eto'o retirement unconvincing

Samuel Eto'o explained how manager Roberto Martinez persuaded him to join Everton, as the Cameroonian striker signs on a two-year deal.

Oops, he's done it again. Samuel Eto'o has announced his retirement from international football, and this time, he says there will be no turning back. Eto'o described his decision as "definitive," but there may be more drama to follow.

Eto'o was left out of the latest Cameroon national squad for the first round of African Nations' Cup (ANC) qualifiers, which will see the Indomitable Lions travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and host Ivory Coast. By implication, he was also axed as...

Finding value in Ebosse's life, death

Albert Ebosse, shown converting a penalty in his side's 2-1 loss in the Algerian League, was killed after being struck in the head with an object thrown from the stands as his team left the pitch.

How much is a life worth?

The amount of the person's salary? The amount of at least 15 other salaries? The closure of a stadium? The suspension of a club? Or the halting of a football league as a whole?

The Algerian Football Federation has decided that Albert Ebosse's life was worth all of that and more. Following his death, caused by a head injury after he was struck by an object hurled from a fan, administrators have ordered several sanctions designed to remember the Cameroonian forward, ensure...

Match-fixing: More regulation needed

OK, so at some point in the past two weeks (at what point -- as you'll see -- is crucially important) a convicted match-fixer named Wilson Raj Perumal decided to chat with a German journalist from the magazine Der Spiegel.

They chose to do so on Facebook (possibly because it's still 2009 where they live, or maybe because Snapchat was unavailable). In the course of the conversation, according to Der Spiegel, Perumal claimed that the Cameroon squad at the World Cup had "seven bad apples in it" and...

Africa departs Brazil in disappointment

Cameroon officials will investigate claims from a German magazine that seven players were involved in match-fixing at the World Cup.

Africa's World Cup is over. It did not end as the continent would have liked, without the results it had hoped for and with no new ground broken. In fact, old ground wasn't even covered as none of the five African teams that entered the tournament will feature in the quarterfinals.

Given the huge impact made on home soil in 2010, underperformance was the standout failing of the African countries at this World Cup. Each was slow out of the starting blocks, with only one team winning its opening match...

Assessment: Cameroon's dire tournament

Cameroon's World Cup has ended in disappointment with elimination from the group stages. ESPNFC blogger Salim Masoud Said investigates what went wrong.

One sentence, World Cup recap

It's impossible to sum it up in a sentence but the less said the better because it does not make for a pretty read. I'll go for simply, "Disastrous."

All team assessments

Group Stage: Australia | Bosnia-Herzegovina | Cameroon | Croatia | Ecuador | England | Ghana | Honduras | Italy | Iran
Ivory Coast Japan | Portugal | Russia | South Korea | Spain
Round of 16: Algeria | Chile | Greece | Mexico
Nigeria | Switzerland | Uruguay | United States
Quarterfinals: Colombia | France | Belgium | Costa Rica
Semifinals: Brazil | Netherlands
Finalists: Argentina
Winners: Germany


Even the most ardent, optimistic Cameroon fan would find it impossible to conjure highlights. There hasn't been any. Joel Matip's equaliser in the 4-1 defeat...

 By Chris Wright

Eto'o shares goodbye hug with young Cameroon fan

Samuel Eto'o made a new friend in Brazil during the World Cup.
Samuel Eto'o made a new friend in Brazil during the World Cup.

After having been knocked out of the tournament on the back of three straight defeats, the ultimately domitable Lions of Cameroon packed their bags and headed home on Tuesday, but not before Samuel Eto'o said an emotional farewell to a little fan he'd taken under his wing earlier in the tournament.

Local boy Pedro, 10, had been religiously stationed outside Cameroon's team hotel for several days and had even been handed a signed Cameroon shirt (which he is wearing in the video) by Eto'o last week,...