My impression of Africa United was that throughout Africa’s history, there has been an everlasting co-existence between politics and soccer. Soccer has brought Africa together in many ways that politics couldn’t do. Soccer has also helped fund many different things in economies and politics because it proves to be a large intake of money every time a game is held. My impression of the book was also influenced by the fact that many kids put aside school work to be star soccer players. At an early age, children see that soccer can fulfill their wildest dreams and can help them excel at life. This could lead to a decrease in education, but an increase in the enrollment in soccer academies. Enrollment in soccer and academics is a better decision than drugs, crime, or war. My impression overall was that soccer is an amazing thing in Africa and that it can help heal anything.
Steven Bloomfield’s style of writing was very unique and informative. The way that he writes lets you see all that he sees and all that he experiences. Sometimes, I felt that I was interviewing soccer players and coaches with him. He can have you feeling contempt and at ease at one point when he is discussing soccer, and at the next point he can have you on the edge of your seat, waiting to see if the armed guard is friendly or not. He also showed compassion through his writing when he writes about the love that people show towards to soccer. That kind of compassion is also shown when he talks about a battle being called off because there was a soccer game on TV. Steven Bloomfield is a great writer and his writing kept me engaged throughout the whole book.
A superb portrait of the divided continent of Africa, told through one of the few things that unites it. Football inspires competition and inflames passions nowhere as strongly as in Africa. Take the player born and raised in Congo who scored the winning goal for Rwanda against the country of his birth and promptly had his house burnt down for his trouble. Or the Kenyan football chant ‘Oliech! Odinga! Obama!’, which celebrates the country’s star striker, its popular prime minister and its most famous adopted son. Meanwhile, the influence of African football continues to spread rapidly through Europe. Today, no Premiership team is complete without a major African star – Drogba, Essien, Touré, Adebayor, and Kanu. Countless African players are now enriching English football and becoming household names. Steve Bloomfield’s wide-ranging and incisive book investigates Africa’s love of football, its increasing global influence, the build-up to the 2010 WORLD Cup and the social and political backdrop to the greatest show on earth.