By Steve Bloomfield
Africa United is the tale of recent day Africa advised via its football. vacationing throughout 13 international locations, from Cairo to the Cape, Steve Bloomfield, the previous Africa Correspondent for The Independent, meets gamers and fanatics, politicians and insurgent leaders, studying the position that football has performed in shaping the continent. This wide-ranging and incisive e-book investigates Africa’s love of football, its expanding worldwide impact, the build-up to the 2010 international Cup itself and the social and political backdrop to the best exhibit on the earth.
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