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Africa United: How Football Explains Africa von [Bloomfield, Steve]
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Länge: 352 Seiten Word Wise: Aktiviert Sprache: Englisch

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'Reading this book makes you want to pack your bags and light out for the territory, however dangerous the territory may be.' Conde Nast Traveller


'More than a sports book, Africa United tells how soccer keeps hope alive in across a troubled continent. It is an inspiring story of spirit, skill and doggedness in the face of hellish difficulties - in short it is the story of Africa itself.' Tim Butcher, author of BLOOD RIVER


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1052 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
  • Verlag: Canongate Books (6. Mai 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003L77C5K
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Limited but solid study of African soccer 27. August 2010
Von Cpt. Cords - Veröffentlicht auf
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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.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great insight on how soccer healed Africa! 27. Mai 2014
Von Student - Veröffentlicht auf
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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 von 5 Sternen This Time for Africa 14. Januar 2016
Von Jacob Hellman - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
In Africa United, Steve Bloomfield, a Kenya-based news correspondent, travels around Africa in search of connections between the continent of Africa and the world's (except for the USA) favorite sport. The impetus for this book came about upon the announcement of South Africa as the host nation of the FIFA World Cup in 2010. After narrowly losing the bid for 2006, South Africa rallied to become the first African nation to host the World Cup, a feat for a continent which has yet to host a major international sporting event, such as the Olympics. This sparked a movement across South Africa and the rest of the continent as a "unified Africa," fueling an already fervent love for the sport among Africans.

Steve Bloomfield starts from Egypt in his journey down the continent, through some of the "best and worst" teams in Africa - Sudan, Chad, Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Cote D'Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Zimbabwe - before arriving in South Africa at the beginning of the World Cup. Bloomfield notes that he couldn't cover all the countries of Africa in his introduction, but oddly enough, his "best and worst" happened to omit three of the six African teams who qualified for the World Cup; Cameroon, Algeria, and Ghana, leaving me to question his judgment of "best and worst" - aren't these three countries among the "best," who qualified in the same way that Cote D'Ivoire and Nigeria did?

Read more about my review here:
3.0 von 5 Sternen AP World History Review 16. Mai 2016
Von Reid - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
The book "Africa United" by Steve Bloomfield who explains the impact of the connection of politics and soccer on the continent of Africa. Bloomfield describes the hate towards different countries/ethnic groups in the competition of soccer. But he also says how soccer has helped unify the very diverse continent of Africa. The author helps the reader feel sympathetic towards Africa. My impression after reading was Africa has a strong love for the sport of soccer but lacks global respect, like Latin American teams. I believe that was the main purpose of what Bloomfield was trying to explain.
Going on Bloomfield's purpose, he does an excellent job portraying it throughout the book. He uses his personal experiences with people he meets on his journey, making the read thrilling. Bloomfield was good at keeping his facts straight and detailed. Although, this could be very overwhelming. It was hard keeping track of all the name and places. "Africa United" helped me better understand the sport of soccer at a international level. I found the book interesting due to all the information on soccer. I would not recommend this book if you do not have an interest in the sport of soccer or African politics.
5.0 von 5 Sternen has the pulse of the continent's soccer scenes 2. April 2011
Von Brian Maitland - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
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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