Carlos Idriss Kameni was born on February 18, 1984 in Douala, Cameroon, and plays for RCD Espanyol, Spain. Kameni is known to be an excellent penalty-stopper with great reactions. Not only that, he reads the ball tremendously with very few mistakes being made which is hard to come across in a goalkeeper.
At the age of just sixteen, he became the youngest footballer to win an Olympic gold medal, in 2000. Kameni is first choice goalkeeper for his club, Espanyol.
A senior international since the age of 17, Kameni was part of the national team squads at the 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008 African Cup of Nations, starting in all but in the first; in addition, he also represented the nation at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, also as first-choice (at only 19), for the eventual runners-up.
In 2002, aged 18, Kameni was picked for Cameroon’s squad of 23 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and, already an undisputed first-choice, also appeared in the 2010 edition. He earned the award of the best African Goalkeeper of 2006/07.