by Steve Bloomfield - £9.99 Canongate Books Ltd (2011)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781847676597 | ISBN 10: 1847676596
A superb portrait of the divided continent of Africa, told through one fo the few things that unites it.
Football inspires competition and inflames passions nowhere as strongly as in Africa. Take the player born and raised in Congo who scored the winning goal for Rwanda against the country of his birth and promptly had his house burnt down for his trouble. Or the Kenyan football chant ‘Oliech! Odinga! Obama!', which celebrates the country's star striker, its popular prime minister and its most famous adopted son.
Meanwhile, the influence of African football continues to spread rapidly through Europe. Today, no Premiership team is complete without a major African star – Drogba, Essien, Touré, Adebayor, and Kanu. Countless African players are now enriching English football and becoming household names.
Steve Bloomfield's wide-ranging and incisive book investigates Africa's love of football, its increasing global influence, the build-up to the 2010 World Cup and the social and political backdrop to the greatest show on earth.
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