🇨🇲 ROGER MILLA *
We caught a glimpse of Roger Milla, the 🇨🇲 Cameroon striker in 1982 when they qualified to the World Cup for the 1st time. Despite not loosing a match 0 x 0 vs 🇵🇪 Peru, 0 x 0 vs 🇵🇱 Poland, and an exciting 1 x 1 tie vs Italy 🇮🇹 they were eliminated from the tournament on goal differential but Milla and the 🦁 of Cameroon had already left an impression. A good one as they were fun to watch!
They didn’t qualify to 🇲🇽 MEXICO 86, but Milla was back in 🇮🇹 ITALIA 90 and 🇨🇲 Cameroon started getting attention in the opening match as they beat Maradona and the defending champions 🇦🇷 Argentina by 1 x 0 with a goal by Biyik. Then 🇷🇴 Romania 2 x 1 and the final group game was a defeat against 🇷🇺 Russia 4 x 0, however, the 2nd round was guaranteed! They got through 🇨🇴 Colombia of Higuita Escobar Valderrama and Rincon 2 x 1, OT in Napoli, and they had England by the balls and on the brink of reaching the semis until Lineker equalized on a PK w less then 10 minutes to go to force OT where again Lineker would rescue England from elimination.
Arguably one of the best games of the 1990 tournament ⚽️! 🇨🇲 Cameroon became the first African Team to reach the quarter finals.
In 🇺🇸 USA94 Milla came back and they didn’t pass group stage falling to 🇧🇷 Brazil and 🇷🇺 Russia. However, he scored a goal and became the oldest player to score in a tournament at 42 and the biggest African legend in football history having played 3 world cups and taken his country to the brink of a semi final! 🦁🇨🇲⚽️👍
I included Milla’s 1994 PANINI sticker as well as photos from both goal celebrations versus 🇨🇴 Colombia and 🏴 England in 1990 (Diário Lance World Cups - 1930 to 1998). Also the full PANINI 1990 team page and some vintage 1982 stickers of his teammates Tokoto and the famous GK N’Kono.