Africa United: Soccer, Passion, Politics, and the First World Cup in Africa
Africa United is the story of modern day Africa told through its soccer. Travelling across thirteen countries, from Cairo to the Cape, Steve Bloomfield, the former Africa Correspondent for The Independent, meets players and fans, politicians and rebel leaders, discovering the role that soccer has played in shaping the continent. This wide-ranging and incisive book investigates Africa’s love of soccer, its increasing global influence, the build-up to the 2010 World Cup itself and the social and political backdrop to the greatest show on earth.
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This is an interesting book about the enduring and hopeful quality of football in Africa. Many of the stories are quite sad and filled with the tear-jerking realities of life in many war-torn ... Read full review
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