Posts tagged: angola

A few good links

The BBC’s Piers Edwards takes CAF to task for the stupidest decision by a sports association since… No, I can’t think of anything dumber: the decision by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to expel Togo from the next two Africa Cup of Nations – following their Angola 2010 withdrawal after their team bus was machine-gunned (with two [...]

Angola’s politics: a spectator sport

At the Africa Cup of Nations one man has been everywhere. Large portraits of Angola’s president, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, hang from every side of the ground in Luanda’s new 11 November stadium. When the host nation was playing, until they were knocked out by Ghana last Sunday, dos Santos was there in person too, [...]

Friday January 29th, 2010 in , , , , , | No Comments »


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 [...]

Monday January 25th, 2010 in , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Algeria’s revenge

Algeria should have been the first African team to reach the second round of a World Cup. In 1982 they recorded a famous victory, beating West Germany 2-1. They went on to lose their second match to Austria but recovered to beat Chile 3-2. Algeria were on the brink of qualification but had to wait [...]

A few good links

Al Jazeera on Luanda’s “Stadium of Vanity”: “People say this money should be spent in social areas because we have so much poverty. But the Cup is to show foreign people that we can do things nice even though we have had times of war. It is for the pride of the Angolan people. It is how we [...]

Africa Cup of Nations: What we’ve learnt so far

The favourites could be knocked out in the first round Ivory Coast are in trouble. Togo’s disqualification/withdrawal (see below) has left Group B with just three teams. Ivory Coast, the tournament favourites, drew their opening match with Burkina Faso meaning they need to beat Ghana tomorrow to guarantee a place in the quarter-finals. Anything less [...]