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September 19, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
Not every soccer fan remembers Roger Milla, although they should. Kei Kamara certainly remembers him. Milla was a three-time World Cup player for Cameroon, a forward who at the age of 38 enlivened the 1990 tournament in Italy with his gap-toothed grin and his hip-wiggling dances at the corner flag after each of his goals. Flash forward two decades and on Sunday evening Kamara, who was born in Sierra Leone, got the chance to pay tribute to one of the true folk heroes of African football.
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September 19, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones
Not every soccer fan remembers Roger Milla, although they should. Kei Kamara certainly remembers him. Milla was a three-time World Cup player for Cameroon, a forward who at the age of 38 enlivened the 1990 tournament in Italy with his gap-toothed grin and his hip-wiggling dances at the corner flag after each of his goals. Flash forward two decades and on Sunday evening Kamara, who was born in Sierra Leone, got the chance to pay tribute to one of the true folk heroes of African football.
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August 14, 1990 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the movie "Coming to America," a prince from the make-believe African country of Zamunda arrives in Queens to search for his future bride, but first finds a job mopping floors in a fast-food restaurant. Roger Milla came to America this week. He is no prince, although he is treated like one in his homeland, the African country of Cameroon, and he does not need another bride. He is, however, looking for a job. But don't ask him to mop floors.
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June 20, 1994 | EMILIO GARCIA-RUIZ
Roger Milla, 42, the star of Cameroon's improbable success in the 1990 Cup, did not play against Sweden, at least partly because of an injured hamstring. "He is to be considered as one of 22 players on our squad," Cameroon Coach Henri Michel said. "He is always available. We consider him a joker, a wild card. There is a reason to hold him out of certain situations such as today. He has had an injury."
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June 20, 1994 | EMILIO GARCIA-RUIZ
Roger Milla, 42, the star of Cameroon's improbable success in the 1990 Cup, did not play against Sweden, at least partly because of an injured hamstring. "He is to be considered as one of 22 players on our squad," Cameroon Coach Henri Michel said. "He is always available. We consider him a joker, a wild card. There is a reason to hold him out of certain situations such as today. He has had an injury."
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June 24, 1990 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first 105 minutes of the World Cup's second-round game Saturday between Cameroon and Colombia produced only sporadic action and derisive whistles from most of the 50,076 spectators, who are accustomed to seeing more creative soccer on Diego Maradona's home field.
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December 27, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Almost six months after the World Cup, soccer hero Roger Milla is still receiving honors worthy of a prince. In fact, he is becoming a prince. Milla, 38, who led tiny Cameroon to the World Cup quarterfinals, traveled today to the province of Kumba to be named a prince by the traditional chiefs of the tribe "for services rendered during the World Cup 1990." After the ceremony, Milla was scheduled to go to Nigeria, where he will receive another honor from a rich businessman.
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June 12, 1994 | Grahame L. Jones
* COACH: Henri Michel. * KEY PLAYERS: Francois Omam-Biyick, Alphonse Tchami, Stephen Tataw. * STRENGTHS: The sheer exuberance and unpredictability of Cameroon's play makes the team a pleasure to watch. The players have a gift for trying the unusual and the unexpected. They get speed, skill and firepower from Omam-Biyick and Tchami and solid defensive leadership from Tataw.
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June 27, 1990 | From Associated Press
Africa will get a third berth in the 1994 World Cup, at the expense of Europe, the head of soccer's ruling body said today. Joao Havelange, president of FIFA, credited Cameroon's success this summer for the change. "Africa will automatically get one more place," Havelange said in an interview published in La Gazzetta Dello Sport. "It deserves it. That place will be taken away from Europe."
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June 15, 1990 | From Associated Press
A 38-year-old substitute has carried the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon to the top of the soccer world--at least for a day. Cameroon became the first team to advance to the second round of the World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Romania on Thursday at Bari as Albert-Roger Milla scored twice. Coupled with its shocking, 1-0 victory over defending champion Argentina in the tournament opener, the African champions have four points and can finish no worse than second in Group B.
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August 14, 1990 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the movie "Coming to America," a prince from the make-believe African country of Zamunda arrives in Queens to search for his future bride, but first finds a job mopping floors in a fast-food restaurant. Roger Milla came to America this week. He is no prince, although he is treated like one in his homeland, the African country of Cameroon, and he does not need another bride. He is, however, looking for a job. But don't ask him to mop floors.
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June 24, 1990 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first 105 minutes of the World Cup's second-round game Saturday between Cameroon and Colombia produced only sporadic action and derisive whistles from most of the 50,076 spectators, who are accustomed to seeing more creative soccer on Diego Maradona's home field.
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July 2, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Pride overcame dejection today as Cameroon prepared a grateful homecoming salute to its Indomitable Lions. "For a defeat, it was more like a victory," said the state radio after the Lions' 3-2 overtime loss to England Sunday night in the World Cup quarterfinals. "Honor to those who know how to struggle, head high." Across Africa, the reaction was similar. Never before had an African team reached the final eight in World Cup competition.
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May 29, 2002
*--* World Cup record: Played 14 (3-5-6); goals for: 13; goals against: 26 Best finish: Quarterfinalist in 1990 1998 showing: Eliminated in the first round Coach: Winfried Schafer. The 52-year-old German was hired in September as Cameroon's fourth coach in 12 months, assigned to clean up the perpetual disarray that is Cameroon soccer.
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