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
|Big Game Hunting||p. 6|
|The White Witchdoctor||p. 31|
|Feet of the Chameleon||p. 55|
|Leopards Skinned||p. 71|
|Desert Foxes||p. 100|
|Caravan from the Sahara||p. 123|
|The Tortoise and the Hippo||p. 143|
|Burial of the Springbok||p. 174|
|The Buffalo and the Phoenix||p. 203|
|The Swoop of Eagles||p. 228|
|Whispering at Pigeons||p. 240|
|The Lion bites the Cockerel||p. 265|
|Sphinxes and Vipers||p. 280|
|African Cup of Nations Finals 1957-2008||p. 298|
|African Teams at World Cups, 1934-2006||p. 299|
|AfricaÆs Olympic Football Medals||p. 300|
|African Champions Cup Finals 1964-2008||p. 300|
|African Footballer of the Year||p. 303|
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Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 10th December 2009
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.7 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.542