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13 June, 2014

World Cup 2014: Cameroon v Mexico Preview

Well, it's off and running.

Today we get our first full day of games, which of course seems to overlap with my USSF licensing class and drive there, but so be it.

I bring you your first matchup of the day:

Roger Milla 
vs.
 Cuauhtemoc Blanco

vs.

Both phenomenal players on the field, both having some of their best games in the twilight of their careers, and both iconic for their respective countries.

Roger Milla, with similar stats to Blanco, had a career that seemed to take off as many players are usually retiring.  Milla scored 28 goals in 102 games for the Indomitable Lions.  Milla managed to score 4 goals in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, most notably against stud goalkeeper Higuita.  That said, he also appeared in Cameroon's 1982 WC appearance and scored at age 42 against Russia in the 1994 World Cup in the US.  For years after, people remember Milla as the face of Cameroon, and he will be remembered for years after for his heart and skill with the ball.

Cuauhtemoc Blanco, the regular bunny hop juggler of Mexico, has logged 120 games for the FMF and 39 goals over a span that covered 3 (should have been 4, but he was left off in 2006 because of "bad form and injury") World Cups.  Blanco could be a polarizing player, but when he was in the lineup, Mexico was always considered a favorite.

Our prediction will be Mexico 2, Cameroon 1.  With Mexico inexplicably leaving Chicharito out of the starting lineup (I know he hasn't played much for Man U, but the guy has skill) and Cameroon coming off a long running dispute over bonuses.  Either way, this should be a very entertaining match to get the day going.

Photo: Boxofficefootball, Myfootballfacts

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