PUMA News Archive
The mood was wonderful behind the stadium, as the players from Ivory Coast, Ghana and Cameroon got together before the big Unity Game.
They might be rivals in two weeks, but none of that could be seen when they got together and goofed around like kids.
We all know that Cameroon is commonly referred to as les Lions Indomptables (the Indomitable Lions). Whether a reference to their proud country's history, the bold attitude of the people or simply the great relationship between the players, is still unidentified.
We flew with a small delegation from the Lions to Paris today on a private jet. It was nice to travel with the guys as people, not "just" football players. The plane ride was fun; we have never seen grown men eat so much chocolate! We have a feeling the flight attendant was expecting that, as she was very well prepared.
Today the always-confident Alex Song greeted us with warm air-hugs for the morning training.
Then the coaches and their teams took over. Training is serious and it was quite moving to see the relationship between the coaches, physical therapist, support staff and players. It was very evident that everyone is in it with everything they have. On the sidelines, the medics stood in a line, closely studying every movement, every play - paying attention to the actions and reactions, observing each move and drill. Tecky Daniel, Cameroon's physical therapist tells us how their main task isn't taking care of injuries, it's preventing them and ensuring the players are in perfect physical condition.
The small stadium was filled of Austrians drinking beer and singing songs and enjoying a good day outside.
Some had even dressed up in their most beautiful National costumes that all together helped create a great atmosphere for the game.
Oui! PUMAFootball have arrived in Paris. With this as a first huge French greeting, we're beyond psyched as we await the mighty Black Stars of Ghana to arrive for their last training camp before they head off to South Africa.
After 24 hours of traveling PUMAFootball couldn't be happier to arrive in Linz. Then in Lienz (Lienz From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Not to be confused with Linz). Good part is that it was an absolutely beautiful drive to take.
Samuel Eto'o, Roger Milla, Venus Williams and now... PUMA Football. Yes, we've just joined the stellar list of names that the Cameroon team's physio Daniel Tcky has pummelled into submission.
We thought it would be fun, even relaxing, but the reality is that Daniel is used to massaging far tougher bodies than our puny frame. So instead of gently falling asleep on the treatment table we feel like we're being operated on without anaesthetic.
PUMAFootball: You've played in Spain, now Italy, what does it mean to come back to Africa and hear the fans cheer for you?
ETO'O: It is an honor for me to play all the time in African stadia. I believe that my dearest - dearest dream is always to return. Every time I go away, I tell myself Samuel, when will you come back?? And every time I come back, I really enjoy it. Yesterday, despite the fact we lost, you can see that, here, where I live in Africa, people are proud to see me again. I can use the occasion to tell the spectators that I have to thank them for their welcome yesterday in the stadium. And, yesterday, I couldn't score, I tried to do my best but that depends on how you see it; I hope we will be luckier on Sunday. I hope I'll score and I hope that I'll be able to put my teammates in better positions so that they can score.