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Feet of the Chameleon : The Story of Football in Africa - Ian Hawkey

Feet of the Chameleon

The Story of Football in Africa

Hardcover

Published: 10th December 2009
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This title was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of The Year 2009.

In June 2010, Africa hosted football's World Cup, the most significant global sporting spectacle ever to take place on the continent.

South Africa's successful bid was unsurprising - the sport thrives in Africa, and is vitally important, just as African footballers have become increasingly important in football at the highest levels.

This fascinating book traces the development of the sport in Africa, finding out what makes African football unique and examining how the game fits into the social and political life of the continent. Drawing on a wide range of sources, and utilising extensive experience, having lived in four football-obsessed places - Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Egypt and South Africa - and having visited a further 24 African states, Ian Hawkey has produced a remarkable book: the definitive account of football and a continent.

About the Author

Ian Hawkey is an authority on world football and has been the international football correspondent for the Sunday Times since 2001. He has lived in four African countries (Nigeria, Egypt, Zimbabwe and South Africa) and visited a further twenty-four African nations whilst researching his book Feet of the Chameleon.

'Through comprehensive research, it presents the history of African football in an intelligent, thorough manner, written with warmth and understanding...the book for which African Football has been crying out.' FourFourTwo, October 2008

Prologuep. 1
Big Game Huntingp. 6
The White Witchdoctorp. 31
Feet of the Chameleonp. 55
Leopards Skinnedp. 71
Desert Foxesp. 100
Caravan from the Saharap. 123
The Tortoise and the Hippop. 143
Burial of the Springbokp. 174
The Buffalo and the Phoenixp. 203
The Swoop of Eaglesp. 228
Whispering at Pigeonsp. 240
The Lion bites the Cockerelp. 265
Sphinxes and Vipersp. 280
Epiloguep. 291
Bibliographyp. 295
African Cup of Nations Finals 1957-2008p. 298
African Teams at World Cups, 1934-2006p. 299
AfricaƆs Olympic Football Medalsp. 300
African Champions Cup Finals 1964-2008p. 300
African Footballer of the Yearp. 303
Acknowledgementsp. 304
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9781906032715
ISBN-10: 1906032718
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 10th December 2009
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.7  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.542