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Sećate li se zdepastog, sredovečnog fudbalera iz Kameruna? Rože Mila, da , to je on. Čitava planeta ga je zapamtila na Svetskom prvenstvu u Italiji kada je ukrao šou svim ostalim zvezdama i fudbalerčinama na tom turniru. I od tada svako ko iole prati fudbal zna ko je Rože Mila i odakle dolazi. Kamerunci su bili hit Svetskog prvenstva 1990. godine u Italiji, a ples matorog napadača Rožea Mile bio je najupečatljiviji detalj u njihovim nastupima.

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Rože Mila je rođen 20. maja 1952. godine i na tom Svetskom Prvenstvu imao je punih 38 godina. Rođen je u glavnom gradu Kameruna, Jaundeu i prve fudbalske korake počeo je u klubu zvanom Ekler De Duala,nastavio u “Leopardima” iz Duale a sa 25 godina otišao u francusku ligu gde je igrao za nekoliko klubova a največi trag je ostavio u Bastiji i Sent Etjenu.

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U Francuskoj je ostao sve do 1989. godine da bi se onda vratio u Kamerun a karijeru je završio, ni više-ni manje nego u Indoneziji i to sa 44 godine gde je za dve sezone za 40 utakmica postigao 41 gol. Ukupno je u svojoj bogatoj karijeri koja je trajala okruglo 30 godina odigrao 715 mečeva i postigao 405 golova. Igrao je na tri Svetska prvenstva – 1982.,1990. i 1994. godine. I dalje drži rekord kao najstariji strelac na nekom meču na Mundijalu sa 42 godine u trenutku postizanja gola. Bilo je to na Svetskom Prvenstvu u Americi kada je dao gol u takmičenju po grupama protiv Rusije.

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Na Mundijalu u Italiji, Kamerunci su napravili senzacionalni podvig. Nikada pre toga nijedna nacionalna selekcija iz Afrike nije uspela da dođe do četvrtfinala, a taj uspeh nešto kasnije su ponovili samo Gana i Senegal. Kamerunci su svoju neverovatnu priču 1990. godine započeli velikom senzacijom – pobedom u prvom kolu nad tada aktuelnim prvacima sveta, Argentincima. Potom su pobedili Rumune, pa su potpuno bez brige ušli u meč trećeg kola sa već otpisanim Sovjetskim Savezom, koji ih je pobedio sa 4:0, a da pritom nije mogao da pobegne sa poslednje pozicije.

ITA: World Cup 1990 - Cameroon v Colombia

U osmini finala Kamerun je dobio istorijsku priliku da postane prva selekcija sa “crnog kontinenta” koja se domogla četvrtfinala na jednom Mundijalu. Protivnik tog 23. juna 1990. godine na stadionu Napolija u Napulju bila je Kolumbija sa zvezdama Igitom i Valderamom. Posle 90 minuta ostalo je 0:0 i produžeci su bili neminovni, a onda je na scenu stupio “matorac” Rože Mila. Ušao je u igru kao rezerva u drugom poluvremenu, i za tri minuta pokupio svu slavu ovoga sveta golovima u 106. i 109. minutu i tako obezbedio trijumf, koji je samo umanjio pogodak Kolumbijca Redina pet minuta pre kraja. Ples Mile nakon što je prvi put matirao čuvenog Igitu, a naročito kada je kod drugog gola iskoristio smušenu reakciju kolumbijskog golmana kome se o glavu obila ljubav prema igranju na 30-40 metara od svoje mreže i pokušaji driblanja protivnika, ušao je u istoriju fubala a Kamerun je ušao u četvrtfinale. Rože Mila i čuvena generacija Kamerunaca zaustavljena je na sledećem koraku: na korak od polufinala sa 3:2 su ih nakon produžetaka pobedili Englezi uz dva penala koje je realizovao Gari Lineker.
Uspeh Kamerunaca iz Italije se pamti i danas, kao i golovi i čuveni ples Rožea Mile iz meča sa Kolumbijom, ples kojim je Mila očarao svet i pod stare dana postao ogromna fudbalska zvezda.

U Kamerunu je, naravno, nacionalni heroj i čak je doživeo tu počast da ga stave na poštansku markicu a i neke kompjuterske igrice nose njegovo ime. Trenutno je funkcioner u Fudbalskom Savezu Kameruna.

 


A winner dance for Roger Milla

Do you remember chubby, middle aged football player from Cameroon? Roger Milla, yes, that’s him. Entire planet remembered him on a World Championship in Italy when he stole the show from all other stars and great football players on that tournament. From that time on any decent football follower knows who is Roger Milla and where he comes from. Cameroons were the hit of World Cup of 1990 in Italy, and a dance of an old striker Roger Milla was the most striking detail in their appearance.

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Roger Milla was born on May 20, 1952 and on that Championship he was 38 years old. He was born in a Cameroonian capital Yaounde and he made his first football steps in a club called Eckler de Douala and continued in Leopards Douala and when he was 25, he went to French league where he played for couple of teams but the biggest mark he left was in Bastille and Saint Etienne.

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He stayed in France until 1989, only to return to Cameroon and finish his career, no less than in Indonesia beeing 44 years old, where in two seasons and 40 games he scored 41 goal. In his rich career which lasted for exactly 30 years, he played in 715 matches and scored total of 405 goals. He played in three World Cups-1982, 1990, 1994. He still holds a record of the oldest shooter at any Mundial being 42 at the time of scoring a goal. It was on a World Cup in America when he scored a goal competing in groups against Russia.

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On a Mundial in Italy, Cameroons made a sensational accomplishment. Never before that, not one National selection from Africa ever succeeded in coming to quarter finals, and that success afterwards repeated only Ghana and Senegal. Cameroons started their unbelievable story in 1990 with a great sensation- winning the first round over, then a World Champion, Argentina. Then they won over Romanians and came through the third round totally careless playing against already written off Soviet Union who won the game scoring 4:0 but they still couldn’t escape the last place.

ITA: World Cup 1990 - Cameroon v Colombia

In eighth-finals Cameroon got historic chance to become a first selection from the “black continent” which got hold of the quarter – finals at one Mundial. The opponent, on that June 23, 1990, at the stadium of Napoli in Naples, was Colombia with stars Igita and Valderama. Ninety minutes after, the score stayed 0:0 and the extensions were necessary, and then on the scene came the “old man” Roger Milla. He came in a game as a substitute in a second half time and in three minutes picked up all the world’s glory scoring goals in 106th and 109th minute and in doing so provided a triumph, which only lessened the goal of Colombian player Redin, five minutes before the end. Milla’s dance, after he gave mate, for the first time, to the famous Igita, and especially when he after the first goal used bewildered reaction of Colombian goal keeper, whose love of playing 30-40 meters out of his net and attempts to dribble opponents backfired. He became a part of football history and Cameroon came to the quarter finals. Roger Milla and the famous generation of Cameroons were stopped in their next step: one step from the semi – finals, scoring 3:2, after the extensions, with two penalties which Gary Lineker performed, English had won.

The success of Cameroons in Italy is still remembered, as are goals and Roger Milla’s famous dance in a match with Colombia, dance with which Milla enchanted the world and in his old days became a huge football star.

In Cameroon, he is of course a National hero and he even lived to see the honor of being put on a post stamp as well as some computer games bearing his name.

At this moment he is an official at the Football Association of Cameroon.