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Steve Bloomfield was the Independent''s Africa Correspondent for the past two years, reporting from more than 20 countries in Africa. Now freelance he contributes regularly to Newsweek, Monocle and others and has published articles in GQ, Newsweek, the Melbourne Age and the Sunday Herald.
With the World Cup taking place on the African continent this year Steve Bloomfield analyses why the game plays such an important role in today’s Africa and why they are turning out such a huge amount of world class players. A great book for setting the scene for this year's World Cup.
Football inspires competition and inflames passions nowhere as strongly as in Africa. Travelling across thirteen countries, from Cairo to the Cape, journalist Steve Bloomfield meets players and fans, politicians and rebel leaders, and discovers the role that football has played in shaping the continent. He recounts how football has helped to prop up an authoritarian regime in Egypt, end a conflict in Cote d'Ivoire and provide a tiny ray of light in war-torn Somalia. Africa United is a superb, modern-day portrait of Africa, told through the game that unites it.