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Africa United: How Football Explains Africa [Format Kindle]

Steve Bloomfield

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“Bloomfield’s book presents the perfect contextual backdrop for understanding how football intersects with everyday life, politics, and national identities in this part of the world.” (Newsweek)

“[T]he author relates what soccer means in nations where poverty and danger go hand-in-hand. The result is a highly charged read at least as much about politics as soccer. Highly recommended.” (Library Journal)

“A journalist’s continental odyssey. … it’s a brave journey - Bloomfield should never have taken that old Russian aircraft in Sierra Leone - and carries us to countries most of us will never see. The highlight, a beautiful piece of writing, is Bloomfield’s visit to Mogadishu, the wrecked yet splendid Somali capital.” (Financial Times)

“This is a fascinating account of how football lies at the very heart of African consciousness....The insights that Bloomfield has gleaned as The Independent’s Africa correspondent shine through in the perfect balance of passionate prose and informed accounts of key moments both on and off the pitch.” (

[Africa United] is an excellent book and offers a fascinating introduction to thirteen national African teams.” (

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A superb portrait of the divided continent of Africa, told through one of 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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1052 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 352 pages
  • Editeur : Canongate Books (6 mai 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003L77C5K
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Limited but solid study of African soccer 27 août 2010
Par Cpt. Cords - Publié sur
Fascinating travelogue about Africa and its relationship to soccer. While Bloomfield neglects some important football-playing nations, such as Cameroon and Ghana, his attention to some of Africa's minnows is commendable. He also includes first-hand accounts of national and club-team matches, presenting a multifaceted study of soccer in ten African nations.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 AP World History Book Review: a description of my opinion of the book 25 mai 2015
Par Noah - Publié sur
This book does a very nice job at explaining how the issues seen throughout Africa can be resolved with the game of soccer, known internationally as football. Being someone that loves the game of soccer, this book definitely caught my eye and did not disappoint. All of Bloomfield's personal accounts and explanations were written in a way that I could fully understand and still enjoy. It was most interesting to see how soccer could be such a political escape for the people in areas such as Kenya, and how much the game brought people together.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone that loves sports, specifically soccer, and enjoys interesting explanations for the global world around us. Though I do wish that there weren't as many personal accounts from the author, all in all this is a solid book. Even if you are not the most avid reader like myself, I assure that you will find at least some interesting aspects in this book.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant! 27 octobre 2011
Par jensworld - Publié sur
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I am ecstatic about this book. Intelligently written and proof that Africa is the best place in the world! I truly believe that some of the world's best football players hail from africa, and this book helps me to see why! I was absolutely thrilled at the service I received with this purchase. I found navigating about the site to be quite simple enough, and there is ample information available to help you decide. Thank you for the brilliant read once again! Cheers!
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great insight on how soccer healed Africa! 27 mai 2014
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My impression of Africa United was that throughout Africa’s history, there has been an everlasting co-existence between politics and soccer. Soccer has brought Africa together in many ways that politics couldn’t do. Soccer has also helped fund many different things in economies and politics because it proves to be a large intake of money every time a game is held. My impression of the book was also influenced by the fact that many kids put aside school work to be star soccer players. At an early age, children see that soccer can fulfill their wildest dreams and can help them excel at life. This could lead to a decrease in education, but an increase in the enrollment in soccer academies. Enrollment in soccer and academics is a better decision than drugs, crime, or war. My impression overall was that soccer is an amazing thing in Africa and that it can help heal anything.

Steven Bloomfield’s style of writing was very unique and informative. The way that he writes lets you see all that he sees and all that he experiences. Sometimes, I felt that I was interviewing soccer players and coaches with him. He can have you feeling contempt and at ease at one point when he is discussing soccer, and at the next point he can have you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see if the armed guard is friendly or not. He also showed compassion through his writing when he writes about the love that people show towards to soccer. That kind of compassion is also shown when he talks about a battle being called off because there was a soccer game on TV. Steven Bloomfield is a great writer and his writing kept me engaged throughout the whole book.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 has the pulse of the continent's soccer scenes 2 avril 2011
Par Brian Maitland - Publié sur
Very definitely worth picking up for any soccer literati fan. The subtitle pretty much sums it all up. The author is an Aston Villa fan so it does help his perspective in understanding both the glory and struggles of African soccer nations.

Especially enjoyable is learning about how much power players have to affect change. Basically, Cote d'Ivoire and current Chelsea star Didier Drogba stops a war. I won't spoil it for those who want to read how he does that but it shows the power of sport to change society is alive and well in Africa...well, at least in West Africa it is.

The author gets into some of the lesser nations and it's a well-rounded book. Just don't expect it to encompass the ENTIRE continent. That's too much of a daunting task. Whether he focuses on the big events (World Cup 2010 in South Africa) or some pretty obscure rivalries (Sudan v. Chad), he makes the soccer scene really come alive.

Also, check out the author's blog for a taste of his writing style:
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