1st Edition

Africa, Football and FIFA Politics, Colonialism and Resistance

By Paul Darby Copyright 2002
    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    254 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the role of FIFA in brokering the development of football in Africa and its relationship with that continent's football associations and regional governing body. Africa is no longer on the periphery of world football but the economic disparities between the first and the third worlds hinder the development of the game. The author shows convincingly how Africa's advance within world football is tied to its national political economy and how the balance of power within FIFA still clearly favours its European members.

    Introduction; Chapter 1 Football Diffusion and Colonial Doctrine in Africa; Chapter 2 Football, Indigenous Resistance and African Independence; Chapter 3 FIFA, Eurocentrism and the Distribution of Power in World Football; Chapter 4 Africa, Third World Solidarity and the FIFA Presidency; Chapter 5 Havelange, African Resistance and the Struggle for Global Equity; Chapter 6 UEFA, FIFA and the Scramble for Africa; Chapter 7 Africa and the Campaign for the Summit of World Football; Chapter 8 Theorising Africa's Place in FIFA's Global Order;


    Paul Darby

    'It is rare for a European to take the time and do the hard work that is inevitably required to be able to understand African football in its true perspective. However, Paul Darby's book ... is one of the rare few that can be said to do the subject justice.' - Four Four Two

    'Darby deserves praise for moving beyond simplistic arguments about cultural imperialism as he brings out the contradictory historical legacy of Africa's integration into world soccer.' - Soccer and Society