Choupo Moting has a good feeling about the World Cup
Fast forward four years and a more experienced Choupa Moting is confident that the side can do better this time around.

Although the West Africans have been drawn into a very difficult group, facing Croatia, Mexico as well as the hosts Brazil in Group A, the German-born striker, who plays his club football for Mainz in the German Bundesliga, believes they can go through to the round of the last 16.

“I have a good feeling.

“This year and at the moment we have a lot of good players and we have to show that on the pitch. Most of our players play at a very high level in top leagues and in top teams. That is something that forms the team and we have to show this on the field. We have to be a collective to achieve good results.”alt

Choupo Moting started his professional career with Hamburger SV – the city where he was born, playing his first game as an 18-year-old. After playing 13 matches in his first season, he struggled to get game-time in his second and was loaned out to Nuremberg.

Playing for the southern German club the Cameroonian impressed and was recalled by Hamburg. He was then set to sign for Cologne in January 2011, but the transfer failed to go through because the fax with the documentation was sent a few minutes too late and the federation refused to allow the player registration to take place.

A new beginning with Mainz


The transfer debacle was not well received in Hamburg and Choupo Moting was relegated to the club's reserve side and was told that he had no future with the club.

He signed for Mainz at the beginning of the 2011/12 season and soon became a regular in the side. In the past season, he played 32 games and scored 10 league goals as Mainz stunned the Bundesliga and qualified for the Europa League.

His performances caught the eye of several Serie A clubs and he was on the verge of signing for Roma, when it was announced that the Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel was leaving the team, prompting Choupo Moting to say that he was willing to consider signing a new contract with the Bundesliga club.

But all of that will have to wait, as the Cameroonian international will first play at his second World Cup finals. “If we manage to come through the group phase, I believe that would already be a success because the group is very difficult. Everything else then will depend on the form of the day. But of course we want to play each game well.

“Cameroon is very passionate about football. Much more passionate then say Germany and as such there are, I would say, just two choices: You either succeed or you fail. We have a certain pressure and we have to achieve something for the country and of course for us also.

“If we do not succeed, if we do not manage to play to our ability and achieve the goal that is expected from us, then of course it is not easy to return to Cameroon because we will feel the disappointment. But, on the other hand, if we show good form, we will be celebrated and that is the great thing about football.”

He says playing against Brazil will be a highlight. “On paper Brazil is the favorite, but it might look very different when the tournament starts. It will depend how the Selecao manages to handle the role of host and favorite. Only time will tell, but personally I think they are one of the main challengers.”