Hello and welcome to Africa United. In the run up to Africa’s first World Cup this website will try to put African football in a bit of context. It will cover goals and games, but it will also look at the politics and the culture that surrounds football on the continent.
African football has never been so popular, with most of the top teams in Europe relying on at least one African star. But our knowledge of the African game tends to be limited to the Drogbas and the Essiens. Few in the West know much about the countries those players come from, let alone the state of football there.
One of the aims of this website will be to present a more nuanced view of Africa and its football. It will also serve as a bit of an advert for my book, Africa United, which will be published by Canongate in the UK and Harper Perennial in the US and Canada this May. It can be pre-ordered on Amazon by clicking on the link on the right.
You can get involved by making comments and asking questions, or suggestions links and stories. Either post your comments below or send me an email at steve_bloomfield at hotmail.com