Daniel N'Dene Bekono is a Cameroonian footballer who last played as a goalkeeper for CSKA Sofia in the Bulgarian A Professional Football Group. In 1999, he played for Canon Yaounde before joined Fovu Baham in 2003. In 2003, he moved to Bulgarian side PFC Beroe Stara Zagora. After 5 years in Beroe he moved to PFC CSKA Sofia, where he was considered a regular in the starting 11 before the arrival of Ivaylo Petrov in the winter of 2009. In 2006, while part of the Beroe squad, he became the first black player to captain a team in the A PFG. Daniel worked as a woodcutter with his cousin in Vienna, Austria, he was part of the victorious Cameroonian teams at the 2000 African Nations Cup and 2000 Summer Olympics. Champion of Bulgaria - 1 time - 2008 Bulgarian Supercup - 1 time - 2008 Champion Cameroon 2002 with Canon Yaounde Cup Winner with Canon Yaoundé 1999 Winner of African Cup of Nations 2000 in Ghana/Nigeria Winner of 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney Bekono has Bulgarian citizenship
Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders"; as of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,230,330 and is home to 65% of the state's population. Indigenous Australians have inhabited the Sydney area for at least 30,000 years, thousands of engravings remain throughout the region, making it one of the richest in Australia in terms of Aboriginal archaeological sites. During his first Pacific voyage in 1770, Lieutenant James Cook and his crew became the first Europeans to chart the eastern coast of Australia, making landfall at Botany Bay and inspiring British interest in the area.
In 1788, the First Fleet of convicts, led by Arthur Phillip, founded Sydney as a British penal colony, the first European settlement in Australia. Phillip named the city Sydney in recognition of 1st Viscount Sydney. Penal transportation to New South Wales ended soon after Sydney was incorporated as a city in 1842. A gold rush occurred in the colony in 1851, over the next century, Sydney transformed from a colonial outpost into a major global cultural and economic centre. After World War II, it experienced mass migration and became one of the most multicultural cities in the world. At the time of the 2011 census, more than 250 different languages were spoken in Sydney. In the 2016 Census, about 35.8% of residents spoke a language other than English at home. Furthermore, 45.4% of the population reported having been born overseas, making Sydney the 3rd largest foreign born population of any city in the world after London and New York City, respectively. Despite being one of the most expensive cities in the world, the 2018 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks Sydney tenth in the world in terms of quality of living, making it one of the most livable cities.
It is classified as an Alpha+ World City by Globalization and World Cities Research Network, indicating its influence in the region and throughout the world. Ranked eleventh in the world for economic opportunity, Sydney has an advanced market economy with strengths in finance and tourism. There is a significant concentration of foreign banks and multinational corporations in Sydney and the city is promoted as Australia's financial capital and one of Asia Pacific's leading financial hubs. Established in 1850, the University of Sydney is Australia's first university and is regarded as one of the world's leading universities. Sydney is home to the oldest library in Australia, State Library of New South Wales, opened in 1826. Sydney has hosted major international sporting events such as the 2000 Summer Olympics; the city is among the top fifteen most-visited cities in the world, with millions of tourists coming each year to see the city's landmarks. Boasting over 1,000,000 ha of nature reserves and parks, its notable natural features include Sydney Harbour, the Royal National Park, Royal Botanic Garden and Hyde Park, the oldest parkland in the country.
Built attractions such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House are well known to international visitors. The main passenger airport serving the metropolitan area is Kingsford-Smith Airport, one of the world's oldest continually operating airports. Established in 1906, Central station, the largest and busiest railway station in the state, is the main hub of the city's rail network; the first people to inhabit the area now known as Sydney were indigenous Australians having migrated from northern Australia and before that from southeast Asia. Radiocarbon dating suggests human activity first started to occur in the Sydney area from around 30,735 years ago. However, numerous Aboriginal stone tools were found in Western Sydney's gravel sediments that were dated from 45,000 to 50,000 years BP, which would indicate that there was human settlement in Sydney earlier than thought; the first meeting between the native people and the British occurred on 29 April 1770 when Lieutenant James Cook landed at Botany Bay on the Kurnell Peninsula and encountered the Gweagal clan.
He noted in his journal that they were somewhat hostile towards the foreign visitors. Cook was not commissioned to start a settlement, he spent a short time collecting food and conducting scientific observations before continuing further north along the east coast of Australia and claiming the new land he had discovered for Britain. Prior to the arrival of the British there were 4,000 to 8,000 native people in Sydney from as many as 29 different clans; the earliest British settlers called the natives Eora people. "Eora" is the term the indigenous population used to explain their origins upon first contact with the British. Its literal meaning is "from this place". Sydney Cove from Port Jackson to Petersham was inhabited by the Cadigal clan; the principal language groups were Darug and Dharawal. The earliest Europeans to visit the area noted that the indigenous people were conducting activities such as camping and fishing, using trees for bark and food, collecting shells, cooking fish. Britain—before that, England—and Ireland had for a long time been sending their convicts across the Atlantic to the American colonies.
That trade was ended with the Declaration of Independence by the United States in 1776. Britain decided in 1786 to found a new penal outpost in the territory discovered by Cook some 16 years ear
Laureano Bisan Etamé-Mayer known as Lauren, is a retired Cameroonian footballer of Equatoguinean origin, who played as a right back for the Cameroonian national team. As an Arsenal player he won several trophies and is known as one of the'Invincibles', he won an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with Cameroon. He holds Spanish citizenship due to being raised in Spain. Lauren was born in Kribi, Cameroon, as his parents fled Equatorial Guinea, due to the political persecution during the dictatorship of Francisco Macías Nguema; the family moved to Seville, where he was raised. He started his career in Spain, playing for Utrera, San Fernando, Sevilla and Mallorca, he holds dual Cameroonian-Spanish nationality. After a transfer to Italian club Roma fell through he moved to English club Arenal in 2000, he made his Arsenal debut as a substitute against Sunderland on 19 August 2000 and scored his first goal for the club just two days against Liverpool. However his first season was blighted by injuries.
Although at first Lauren was unable to gain a regular place in the Arsenal side, he ended up becoming the club's first-choice right back, replacing Lee Dixon and leapfrogging Oleh Luzhny in the process. By the time Arsenal had won the Double in 2001–02, Lauren was an integral part of the Arsenal defence. In 2002–03, Lauren suffered a calf injury and again missed part of the season, but recovered in time and won an FA Cup winners medal that season, as Arsenal beat Southampton 1–0. Lauren was a consistent member of the Arsenal first team during 2003–04 and a became known as one of the'Invincibles' after the club went the whole season unbeaten. Lauren made his 150th appearance for Arsenal during the record breaking run and Arsenal won the Premier League title, giving Lauren his second League winners' medal, his season was however marred by his verbal abuse towards Ruud van Nistelrooy after the latter had missed a penalty late on in the match between the two sides at Old Trafford. Lauren was banned by The Football Association for four matches and fined £40,000.
Lauren won a third FA Cup winners' medal in 2005, as Arsenal beat Manchester United on penalties after a 0–0 draw in the final. However, during 2005–06, Lauren suffered a knee injury against Wigan Athletic in a League Cup semi-final match on 21 January 2006, he spent nearly a year out of the game as a result, it was not until 19 December that Lauren was included in a playing squad, for Arsenal's match against Liverpool in the League Cup quarter-finals. Lauren was not called up for Arsenal again. During his absence, Lauren's position had been covered by, amongst others, Emmanuel Eboué and Justin Hoyte, leading to media speculation that Lauren would leave Arsenal for West Ham United. On 12 January 2007, Wenger confirmed. On 18 January 2007, Lauren joined Portsmouth on a 2 1⁄2-year contract for an undisclosed fee. On 18 January 2007, Lauren completed a transfer to Portsmouth on a 2 1⁄2-year contract. On 22 January, Harry Redknapp announced the transfer fee was £500,000. Lauren made his debut on 20 January 2007 against Charlton Athletic and was a regular at right back for the remainder of the 2006–07 season.
In the 2007–08 season, he dropped to second choice right back due to Glen Johnson's impressive form. However, Lauren found first team opportunities due to his versatility and filled in at left back on many occasions and played on the right of midfield during January 2008 while John Utaka was away at the African Cup of Nations. Lauren was part of Portsmouth's 2007–08 FA Cup-winning team. Despite not making the squad for the final he appeared in the earlier rounds. In June 2009, his contract ended and he was released from the club having made just one appearance all season, as a substitute in the 2008 FA Community Shield. On 15 March 2010, Córdoba announced, he made his league debut as a substitute for Arteaga on 3 April 2010 in a 0–0 away draw against Huesca. Lauren retired at the end of the season. Lauren chose to represent Cameroon, the nation of his birth. With Cameroon he won the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the Africa Cup of Nations title in 2000 and 2002; this success was repeated. Lauren scored in the penalty shootout.
Lauren is an occasional pundit alongside Guillem Balagué on Sky Sports' La Liga programme, Revista de la Liga. He was a pundit for ITV4 during their coverage of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, he is an avid boxer and enjoys sparring in his spare time. He lives in Seville, has one child. In November 2011, Lauren's Rolex Daytona watch was found and returned after six years by police after raids in Essex and East London. Scores and results list Cameroon's goal tally first. Mallorca Supercopa de España: 1998Arsenal Premier League: 2001–02, 2003–04 FA Cup: 2001–02, 2002–03, 2004–05 FA Community Shield: 2002, 2004Portsmouth FA Cup: 2007–08Cameroon Olympic Tournament: 2000 African Cup of Nations: 2000, 2002Individual African Nations Cup Player of the Tournament: PFA Team of the Year: 2003–04 Premier League
Idriss Carlos Kameni is a Cameroonian professional footballer who plays for Turkish club Fenerbahçe SK as a goalkeeper. He spent the vast majority of his career in Spain with Espanyol, with which he appeared in 229 official games over eight La Liga seasons. A Cameroonian international before he was 20, Kameni represented the country in two World Cups and five Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. Born in Douala, Kameni was first spotted when, aged 16, he became the youngest footballer to win an Olympic gold medal, in 2000; this earned him a transfer to French club Le Havre AC but he was unable to break into the first team, remained a reserve throughout his four-year stay being loaned to AS Saint-Étienne and failing to gain any playing time there. Kameni moved to Premier League's Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan for 2003–04, but the deal collapsed after he was not granted a United Kingdom work permit. 20-year-old Kameni left for Spanish side RCD Espanyol in July 2004, for US$600,000, became first-choice in his second year, winning the Copa del Rey as backup to Gorka Iraizoz, who started in La Liga.
In 2006–07, the opposite: Kameni was the undisputed starter, Iraizoz was picked for the Catalans' UEFA Cup runner-up campaign. In 2008–09, a tense season for Espanyol, which ranked in the bottom three for a lengthy period, Kameni had two incidents: first, he had a near-physical confrontation with a fan after a training session in January fought with teammate Grégory Béranger again in training, in May, he still featured in 37 out of 38 league games, being essential to the side's maintenance and, during the campaign broke countryman's Thomas N'Kono record of minutes without conceding a goal, at 497. After two more seasons as starter, Kameni was demoted to third-choice for 2011–12, with Argentine Mauricio Pochettino still as Espanyol's manager. On 13 January 2012 he moved to fellow league side Málaga CF, making his league debut on 25 March after replacing injured Willy Caballero during the first half of a 2–1 away win against his former team, keeping a clean sheet during his time on the pitch.
After Caballero left for Manchester City, Kameni became the starter. On 26 September 2015, in a game where Real Madrid registered 31 shots, he put on a Man of the match performance in a 0–0 draw at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium; the following matchday, he became the first club goalkeeper to provide an assist in the Spanish top flight, as Charles scored the second of his three goals in a 3–1 home win against Real Sociedad. On 2 March 2016, Kameni scored a bizarre own goal in an eventual 1–2 home loss to Valencia CF. Three days at Deportivo de La Coruña, he had to be replaced shortly before half-time due to injury, as the match went on to end 3–3. On 19 November 2016, Kameni denied hosts FC Barcelona on several occasions, in a 0–0 draw. In July 2017, Kameni signed a three-year deal with Turkish club Fenerbahçe SK, he made his Süper Lig debut on 17 September, being booked late into a 4–1 away victory over Alanyaspor. A Cameroonian international since the age of 17, Kameni was part of the national team squads at the 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, starting in all but the first.
In addition he represented the nation at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup as first-choice for the eventual runners-up. In 2002, aged 18, Kameni was picked for Cameroon's squad-of-23 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he was named Best African Goalkeeper for 2006–07, after being runner-up in the previous season. Kameni was chosen for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, being expected to start by many observers. However, he ended up on the bench as coach Paul Le Guen preferred Souleymanou Hamidou over him, the national side was the first team to be eliminated from the tournament losing all three group matches. On 27 October 2015, more than two years after being left out of consideration for selection for "trying to orchestrate disorder", Kameni was called by new manager Volker Finke for a game against Niger for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Kameni's older brother, was a footballer and a goalkeeper. EspanyolCopa del Rey: 2005–06 UEFA Cup: Runner-up 2006–07 CameroonSummer Olympics: 2000 Africa Cup of Nations: 2002 FIFA Confederations Cup: Runner-up 2003 Málaga Player of the Year: 2014–15 Carlos Kameni at BDFutbol Carlos Kameni at National-Football-Teams.com Carlos Kameni – FIFA competition record Carlos Kameni at Soccerway
Serge Branco is a retired Cameroonian footballer who played as a defender and as a midfielder. Branco was born in Douala. In 1998, he left Cameroon to spend the initial years of his career in Germany, he started out at Regionalliga Nord side Eintracht Braunschweig. After returning from the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Branco transferred to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in October 2000. Frankfurt were releagted to the 2. Bundesliga in 2001, but Branco stayed on for two more seasons at the club before returning to the Bundesliga by signing with VfB Stuttgart in 2003. However, he did not become a regular in Stuttgart, making only three league appearances in 2003–04, he was released on 13 September for fitness reasons. From 2005 to 2007 he played in the Russian league, before returning to Germany for a stint with MSV Duisburg. Branco represented the victorious Cameroonian national team at the 2000 Summer Olympics, he was capped once for the Cameroonian senior national team, in a World Cup qualification match against Zambia in 2001.
Wisła Kraków Ekstraklasa: 2010–11Cameroon 2000 Olympic Games Serge Branco at worldfootball.net Serge Branco at National-Football-Teams.com
Henri Patrick Mboma Dem is a former Cameroonian football striker and the former all-time top goal-scorer for the Cameroonian national team. Born in Douala, Mboma started his domestic football career in 1993. During his career he played for Châteauroux, Paris Saint-Germain, Gamba Osaka, Parma, Sunderland, Al-Ittihad, Tokyo Verdy and Vissel Kobe before retiring on 16 May 2005. After first being capped for Cameroon in 1995, Mboma scored, he played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups, led Cameroon to the gold medal at the 2000 Olympics and victories at the 2000 and 2002 African Nations Cups. He was named African Footballer of the Year for his efforts in 2000, he scored a memorable overhead kick against France in 1998. His trademark goal-scoring celebration was a two-gun shooting spree with both his hands, he was renowned for scoring long distance goals with his powerful left foot. Cameroon Summer Olympics: 2000 African Nations Cup: 2000, 2002 African Footballer of the Year: 2000 BBC African Footballer of the Year: 2000 African Nations Cup top scorer: 2002 J.
League Top Scorer: 1997 J. League Best XI: 1997 Coppa Italia Top-scorer: 1999–2000 Patrick M'Boma – FIFA competition record Patrick M'Boma at National-Football-Teams.com Patrick M'Boma at J. League
Cameroon the Republic of Cameroon, is a country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the north. Cameroon's coastline lies on the Bight of part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Although Cameroon is not an ECOWAS member state, it is geographically and in West Africa with the Southern Cameroons which now form her Northwest and Southwest Regions having a strong West African history; the country is sometimes identified as West African and other times as Central African due to its strategic position at the crossroads between West and Central Africa. French and English are the official languages of Cameroon; the country is referred to as "Africa in miniature" for its geological and cultural diversity. Natural features include beaches, mountains and savannas; the highest point at 4,100 metres is Mount Cameroon in the Southwest Region of the country, the largest cities in population-terms are Douala on the Wouri river, its economic capital and main seaport, Yaoundé, its political capital, Garoua.
The country is well known for its native styles of music makossa and bikutsi, for its successful national football team. Early inhabitants of the territory included the Sao civilisation around Lake Chad and the Baka hunter-gatherers in the southeastern rainforest. Portuguese explorers reached the coast in the 15th century and named the area Rio dos Camarões, which became Cameroon in English. Fulani soldiers founded the Adamawa Emirate in the north in the 19th century, various ethnic groups of the west and northwest established powerful chiefdoms and fondoms. Cameroon became a German colony in 1884 known as Kamerun. After World War I, the territory was divided between France and the United Kingdom as League of Nations mandates; the Union des Populations du Cameroun political party advocated independence, but was outlawed by France in the 1950s, leading to the Bamileke War fought between French and UPC militant forces until early 1971. In 1960, the French-administered part of Cameroon became independent as the Republic of Cameroun under President Ahmadou Ahidjo.
The southern part of British Cameroons federated with it in 1961 to form the Federal Republic of Cameroon. The federation was abandoned in 1972; the country was renamed the United Republic of Cameroon in 1972 and the Republic of Cameroon in 1984. Large numbers of Cameroonians live as subsistence farmers. Since 1982 Paul Biya has been President, governing with his Cameroon People's Democratic Movement party; the country has experienced tensions coming from the English-speaking territories. Politicians in the English-speaking regions have advocated for greater decentralisation and complete separation or independence from Cameroon. In 2017, tensions in the English-speaking territories escalated into open warfare; the territory of present-day Cameroon was first settled during the Neolithic Era. The longest continuous inhabitants are groups such as the Baka. From here, Bantu migrations into eastern and central Africa are believed to have originated about 2,000 years ago; the Sao culture arose around Lake Chad, c. 500 AD, gave way to the Kanem and its successor state, the Bornu Empire.
Kingdoms and chiefdoms arose in the west. Portuguese sailors reached the coast in 1472, they noted an abundance of the ghost shrimp Lepidophthalmus turneranus in the Wouri River and named it Rio dos Camarões, which became Cameroon in English. Over the following few centuries, European interests regularised trade with the coastal peoples, Christian missionaries pushed inland. In the early 19th century, Modibo Adama led Fulani soldiers on a jihad in the north against non-Muslim and Muslim peoples and established the Adamawa Emirate. Settled peoples who fled the Fulani caused a major redistribution of population; the Bamum tribe have a writing system, known as Shu Mom. The script was given to them by Sultan Ibrahim Njoya in 1896, is taught in Cameroon by the Bamum Scripts and Archives Project. Germany began to establish roots in Cameroon in 1868 when the Woermann Company of Hamburg built a warehouse, it was built on the estuary of the Wouri River. Gustav Nachtigal made a treaty with one of the local kings to annex the region for the German emperor.
The German Empire claimed the territory as the colony of Kamerun in 1884 and began a steady push inland. The Germans ran into resistance with the native people who did not want the Germans to establish themselves on this land. Under the influence of Germany, commercial companies were left to regulate local administrations; these concessions used forced labour of the Africans to make a profit. The labour was used on banana, palm oil, cocoa plantations, they initiated projects to improve the colony's infrastructure, relying on a harsh system of forced labour, much criticised by the other colonial powers. With the defeat of Germany in World War I, Kamerun became a League of Nations mandate territory and was split into French Cameroons and British Cameroons in 1919. France integrated the economy of Cameroon with that of France and improved the infrastructure with capital investments and skilled workers, modifying the system of forced labour; the British administered their territory from neighbouring Nigeria.
Natives complained that this made them a neglected "colony of a colony". Nigerian migrant workers flocked to Southern Cameroons, ending forced labour altogether but angering the local natives, who felt swamped. T