The Chosen Country

The Chosen Country : A History of Football in Colour

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It was Pele, of course, who predicted back in 1977 that an African nation would lift the World Cup before the end of the twentieth century. While that didn't quite work out, South Africa is to be the first African country to host the World Cup finals, in 2010. It will be the first time the World Cup has been held in one of the world's poorer countries since Mexico in 1986. When the finals were (finally) awarded to South Africa people broke down in the streets crying, overcome with happiness; the sense of achievement and of validation for a new nation felt by a population that has undergone the horrors of apartheid and a HIV pandemic cannot be underestimated. This is South Africa's attempt to show a new face to the world, and is also the background against which Simon Kuper begins his personal, political and footballing journey to the heart of a nation obsessed by the beautiful game. Taking in interviews along the way with the likes of Nelson Mandela, ordinary African football fans and players, Fifa executives and other prominent writers and commentators on African football, Simon Kuper will intertwine the stories of South Africans from all walks of life to provide a vivid portrait, the definitive volume on South Africa and more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 135 x 216mm
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 20 Colour Photo\Illu(s)
  • 0752886029
  • 9780752886022

About Simon Kuper

Simon Kuper is the award-winning author of Football Against the Enemy and the editor of four volumes of Perfect Pitch. He's written for The Financial Times, The Times and the Observer and has spent a lifetime following sport in South Africa. His most recent book is Ajax, the Dutch, the more