With Brazil set to take on Clarence Seedorf’s side in Milton Keynes on Tuesday, Brasil Global Tour takes a closer look at the Indomitable Lions
The current Cameroon boss will be a familiar face to Brazilian fans. The former Netherlands international proved a successful and high-profile import to the Brazilian game in 2012 when he brought an end to his illustrious career with a spell at Botafogo. A fluent Portuguese speaker, Seedorf quickly became popular right across the country and left quite an impression on the game with his erudite interviews, professional attitude and gregarious persona.
Now in his fourth job as a coach after stints with Milan in Italy, Shenzhen in China and Deportivo la Coruna in Spain, the four-time UEFA Champions League winner took up the role with Cameroon in August this year.
The former Barcelona academy star has quickly carved out a glowing reputation since moving to Netherlands and then graduating to the first-team in 2016. The 22-year-old rejected offers from Premier League giants Chelsea and Arsenal in order to make the switch to Amsterdam and it appears a shrewd decision.
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A modern goalkeeper in every aspect, the Samuel Eto’o Academy graduate has impressed in the Eredivisie with his athleticism, shot-stopping and, most notably, in the historic tradition of great sweeper-keepers that have that have helped define Ajax.
Ed Dove – Goal Africa
“Cameroon are still picking themselves up after a mixed and muddled 2017, although time is running out before they host the first expanded Africa Cup of Nations in June 2019. Last year they unexpectedly won their third Africa Cup of Nations in unlikely circumstances in Gabon, before disappointing at the Confederations Cup and then missing out on the World Cup for only the second time since 1986. Afcon-winning coach Hugo Broos departed, and after a rudderless period under interim boss Alexandre Belinga, Clarence Seedorf was unveiled amidst much fanfare…and skepticism, which only increased after an opening draw against lowly Comoros.
“After four matches, the Dutch great is yet to prove either that can offer substance beneath the style, or that he can get a handle on the idiosyncrasies of the African game. His reign began with a firm announcement that he wouldn’t consider players plying their trade in Asia, and while he later reneged on this decision—perhaps after realising that star man Christian Bassogog plays in China—it was too late to prevent the premature international retirement of captain and Beijing Renhe forward Benjamin Moukandjo.
“Even with Vincent Aboubakar injured, and Nicolas N’Koulou and Joel Matip still in self-imposed international exiles, Cameroon boast quality across the pitch. In Andre Onana, they can call upon Africa’s best goalkeeper today, while Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting, Karl Toko Ekambi and Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa are prominent figures in major European leagues. Georges Mandjeck offers bite and tenacity in midfield, Collins Fai starts at right-back alongside Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui, but everyone else is still auditioning for places under the new coach.”
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