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#Brazinga2014: World Cup Player Profile - Samuel Eto'o

Monday, 23 June 2014 - 11:19pm IST Updated: Monday, 23 June 2014 - 11:23pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: AFP

Country:  Cameroon
Date of birth:  October 10, 1981
Birthplace:  Nkon
Height:  180 cm
Weight:  75.0 kg

Samuel Eto'o's feline speed and agility are feared by all defences. The Cameroon striker is a fast-thinking, get-there-first kind of player who has scored a hatful everywhere he has played. He made his international debut at 15 and after winning three Champions Leagues with Barcelona and Inter Milan he became the world's top paid player on 20 million euros a year at Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala. At 33 he's picked up his game at Chelsea as he heads to a fourth World Cup with the ambition of getting past the group phase for the first time. He remains Cameroon's top player and had scored 55 goals from 113 games for them by April 2014. However, he is out with an injury. He is Cameroon's only scorer in World Cups and his absence has meant Cameroon are out of the tournament.

Playing Career:

Position:  Forward
Clubs:  Real Madrid B (Spain/1996-1997), Leganes (Spain/1997-1998), Real Madrid (Spain/1998 - Dec. 1999), Real Mallorca (Spain/Jan. 2000 - 2004), Barcelona (Spain/2004-2009), Inter Milan (Italy/2009-2011), Anzhi Makhachkala (Russia/2011-2013), Chelsea (England/since 2013).
International appearances:  114
International goals:  56
International debut:  09/03/1997, Costa Rica-Cameroon (5-0)
Last international appearance:  01/06/2014, Germany-Cameroon (2-2)

Playing Honours:

International honours;

World Cup: first round (1998, 2002, 2010), 7 matches, 3 goals.

African Nations Cup: winner (2000, 2002), finalist (2008), quarter-finalist (2004, 2006, 2010), 29 matches, 18 goals.

1 Olympic gold medal (2000).

Confederations Cup: finalist (2003), 5 matches, 1 goal.

Club honours;

3 European Champions Leagues (2006, 2009, 2010).

1 Club World Cup (2010).

3 Spanish Championships (2005, 2006, 2009).

2 Spanish Cups (2003, 2009).

3 Spanish Supercups (2003, 2005, 2006).

1 Italian Championship (2010).

2 Italian Cups (2010, 2011).

1 Italian Supercup (2010).

Other honours;

Olympic Games: 1 gold medal (2000).

African Player of the Year (2003, 2004, 2005).


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