Africa United: Soccer, Passion, Politics, and the First World Cup in Africa

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Harper Collins, May 11, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 320 pages
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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

Contents

Prologue
1
The Pharaohs
19
The Desert Hawks v The Sao
45
The Ocean Stars
71
The Harambee Stars
97
The Wasps v The Leopards
123
The Super Eagles
155
The Leone Stars v the Lone Stars
213
The Warriors
239
Bafana Bafana
265
Epilogue
293
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Steve Bloomfield has been based in Nairobi since 2006, reporting from twenty-five countries across Africa. A former Africa correspondent for The Independent, he now writes for a range of publications including Monocle and The Observer, and has also written for Newsweek, GQ, and Esquire.

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