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A Choice Significant University Press Title for Undergraduates, 2010–11.

From Accra and Algiers to Zanzibar and Zululand, Africans have wrested control of soccer from the hands of Europeans, and through the rise of different playing styles, the rituals of spectatorship, and the presence of magicians and healers, have turned soccer into a distinctively African activity.

Paperback, 184 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Ohio University Press (first published 2010)
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This slim volume, from a scholar fast developing a reputation as a leading expert on the history of African soccer, has hallmarks of a monograph converted from a PhD thesis but transcends the genre with an impeccably researched trawl through the development of the game on the continent.

Football is important for Africa. Its profile is the total sum of many Europeans’ understanding of the land mass and it’s certainly a field in which Africans have excelled. Alegi, an Associate Professor of History
Brief, but really good overview of the history of soccer on the African continent (and of African players abroad.) It starts off with the introduction of the game in Africa via various colonial institutions and continues on up to the present day with a bit about South Africa hosting the World Cup this summer. The chapter about African players moving to Europe and how it's left African league soccer with a "muscle drain" was fascinating. Definitely recommended.
An excellent history of the use of football for political reasons in Africa. Very interesting to learn about African football development, too. Highly recommended book if you have an interest in sport and society.
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