Africa's World Cup
Critical Reflections on Play, Patriotism, Spectatorship, and Space
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Preface and Acknowledgments
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FRom mAY 15, 2004, when the Fédération Internationale de Foot-ball Association (FIFA), soccer’s world governing body, announced that South Africa would host the 2010 World Cup, South Africans oscillated between collective exhilaration and personal anxiety. In the six years between FIFA’s decision and the opening ceremony at Soccer City out-...
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Political Map of South Africa, with World Cup Host Cities, 2010. ...
Introduction / Peter Alegi and Chris Bolsmann
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...democratically elected president of South Africa. It celebrated again in 2010 when the World Cup— the world’s most popular sporting event— was successfully staged in the former land of apartheid. After Spain de-feated the Netherlands to win the first World Cup played on African soil, global media heaped praise on South Africa for its warm people, ...
Part 1: Refashioning Urban Spaces and Local Struggles in Host Cities
World Cup Finale on Long Street / Daniel Herwitz
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IT IS JulY 11, 2010, the moment of victory for the Spanish team. Spain has put unrelenting pressure on the Dutch goal with elegant pass-ing across midfield and shot after shot on goal until 116 minutes into the game, Andres Iniesta scores. It is a victory of decency over rough-house. The Dutch have played a kick- bite game, with seven players ...
Integration, Marginalization, and Exclusion in World Cup Johannesburg / Marc Fletcher
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IN oCTobeR 2008, Bafana Bafana played an international friendly eighteen- thousand- capacity ground appeared to be less than a third full at kickoff, but twenty minutes later, hundreds of ticketless fans were let in for free. My colleague, Dan, and I were two of a tiny number of white spectators in the crowd. While it was a midweek match of little ...
The World Cup Geography of Durban: What Will Endure? / David Roberts and Orli Bass
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...texture of urban space in Durban, as elsewhere in South Africa, began shifting. In the country’s second- largest city and the continent’s busiest commercial port, flags rapidly began to sprout from the windows, walls, and balcony railings of apartment blocks, houses, and office buildings as well as cars and minibus taxis. As in other South African cities, the stac-...
Cape Town, the City without and within the White Lines / Killian Doherty
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...confluence of urban spaces where vastly differing cultural influences meet and how these spaces physically and experientially can shape a city intrigues me as an architect. This professional curiosity heightened my sense of anticipation as I landed in Cape Town on my first journey to the African continent. I was also excited at the prospect of spending ...
Part 2: World Cup Sounds, Visual Culture, and Aesthetics
World Cup Music and Football Noise: The Lion King, Waka Waka, and the Vuvuzela / Jennifer Doyle
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...fellow tweeters began to crack jokes about the Lion King. We imagined Rafiki and Mufasa calling the matches and half expected the referees to lift up the Jabulani to announce the arrival of the New Ball. Some folks simply observed that there was a good reason for this resemblance. The score used by ESPN to frame its coverage was written by Lisle Moore. ...
The Vuvuzela as Paradox of Leisure and Noise: A Socioculture Perspective / Solomon Waliaula
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...long plastic horns known as vuvuzelas became the subject of sustained international debate during the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa, the dress rehearsal for the 2010 World Cup. The vuvuzela performances of fans in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein, and Rustenburg caught the attention of the world, and print, broadcast, and ...
Halakasha! The Time Has Come! : Exhibiting the Art of Football Fandom / Fiona Rankin-Smith
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Africans from across the social spectrum to celebrate this once- in- a- lifetime event. As the contributors to this book have noted, it was a month of spectacular excitement both on and off the pitch. The upbeat nature of the events permeated all aspects of life. Shopping malls, tav-erns and restaurants, public spaces and private homes— the entire coun-...
Soccer Bleu: The View from Paris / John Samuel Harpham
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...oN A quIeT CoRRIdoR of a street, perched at the top of a hill sixty- three meters above the city of Paris, there is a bar named Le Village. Like the surrounding neighborhood, which is tucked in between the high- rises and boulevards of the southeast part of the city, the bar is modest. The food is edible, and after slight renovations recently, the ...
Part 3: Spectatorship, Patriotism, Nationalism, and Pan-Africanism
Ghana's Black Stars: A Fifty-Year Journey to the World Cup Quarterfinals / Craig White
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IT’S The 120Th mINuTe— the last gasp of extra time— of the World game is tied 1– 1 as Asamoah Gyan steps up to take the most important shot in African soccer history. I could not believe that Ghana’s Black Stars were about to become the first African team to reach the World Cup semifinals. After surprising Serbia 1– 0 in their opening match and ...
To Sing or Not to Sing? : National Anthems, Football Obsessions, and Bafana Bafana's World Cup / Chris Bolsmann
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IN The SPIRIT oF ReCoNCIlIATIoN of a free South Africa, the new national anthem combined “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (God Bless Africa), a religious hymn turned liberation song originally composed by Enoch Sontonga in 1897, with two stanzas from “Die Stem,” the national an-them used under apartheid. In 1988, as a student at Pretoria Boys High ...
An Aficionado's Perspectives on the Complexity and Contradictions of Rooting for a Team in the 2010 World Cup / Simon Adetona Akindes
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...and been an aficionado of the “beautiful game” for as long as I can re-member. My love affair with the World Cup was lived through French magazines such as Le Miroir du Football, France Football, L’Equipe, Afrique Football, and Onze and occasionally through television. Although the desire to watch a live World Cup game in Europe or Latin America was ...
Chronicling the Uruguayan World Cup Experience across South Africa / David Patrick Lane
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...about Uruguay went like this: Uruguay, which back in 1930 staged and won the first ever World Cup, has for decades engaged in brutal and mean- spirited tactics that have made the team a disgrace to the “beauti-ful game.” Uruguay was the last nation to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, barely beating Costa Rica in a playoff. Uruguay ...
Screaming U-S-A! (and Other Imagined Things): Us versus Them at South Africa 2010 / Andrew M. Guest
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...self in semirural South Africa surrounded by jolly mobs of drunken red, white, and blue tuxedos screaming “U- S- A” on an endless repeat. Without the proper context, it might well have been a cartoon satire on neoimperialism. Yet amid the dusty blocks of modest homes and taverns outside the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg for the ...
Three Lions Ate My Shirt: England Fans in South Africa / Mark Perryman
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Rooney put the final goal past the opposition keeper to complete Eng-land’s 5– 1 rout of Croatia and clinch “our” World Cup qualification. British newspaper clichés would shortly be joined by murkier tales of spiraling murder and armed robbery rates, uncompleted stadiums, the risk of contracting HIV and AIDS, and the grinding poverty that would ...
Mexi-co, Mexi-co, Ra, Ra, Ra! : Invented Traditions and the Cultural Performance of Mexican Fans at the 2010 World Cup / Sergio Varela Hernandez
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JuNe 22, 2010: Rustenburg, 120 kilometers west of Johannesburg. It’s a fast- growing city, home to nearly four hundred thousand people and to the largest platinum mines in the world and the scene of the worst performance of El Tri— Mexico’s national team— at the 2010 World Cup. Two days earlier, Elena, a Mexican living in Johannesburg ...
The Road to 2010: A Soccer Journey from Marrakech to Johannesburg / Niels Posthumus and Anna Mayumi Kerber
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...burg in 2008: Let’s drive a car all the way from Europe through Africa to the 2010 World Cup. It sounded like a crazy idea, and, in fact, it was. To make the best of our journey, given our limited time and means, we soon decided to focus on the region that produced Roger Milla, Mi-chael Essien, and Emmanuel Adebayor and that, with North Africa, is ...
Part 4: Political Discourses and Economic Rationales of World Cup Hosting
Worlds Apart? : The 1995 Rugby World Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup / Albert Grundlingh and John Nauright
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...the end of apartheid, two events stand out far above the rest: the 1995 Rugby World Cup, recently rememorialized in the movie Invictus, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in association football. Perhaps not coinci-dentially, Invictus was released in the lead- up to 2010, increasing the comparisons in the minds of some analysts. The two events meant quite ...
South Africa Welcomes the World: The 2010 World Cup, Xenophobia, and South Africa's Ubuntu Dream / Meg Vandermerwe
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...“ke NAko (IT IS TIme): Celebrate Africa’s Humanity” was the offi-cial 2010 FIFA World Cup slogan, announced on November 25, 2007.1 Conscious of the superficial and negative way that Africa is so often portrayed in the world media— a backward place of poverty, conflict, dictatorships, and corruption— designers picked a slogan that would ...
In the Theater of the World Cup / Laurent Dubois
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The WoRld CuP is the largest theater that has ever existed in hu-man history. It produces a powerful monthlong narrative in which all those who watch and participate largely follow one plotline. The fea-tures of football itself guarantee a gripping drama that invariably in-cludes heroism, tragedy, unfairness, massive blunders by referees, and ...
Forum on the 2010 World Cup: Perspectives from South African Practitioners / Peter Alegi, Thabo Dladla, Mohlomi Kekeletso Maubane, and Rodney Reiners
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The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was widely celebrated as a huge success. Cup meant to me, I’d like to go back to 1990. I was staying in a rural township called Bapong, just outside Brits in what is now the North West Province. I was in Standard 4 (Grade 6), and my daily routine en-tailed going to school, coming back home to do my chores, like fetch-...
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South African women in the stands, South Africa versus United States, Cape Town Stadium, November 17, 2010. (Photograph by Peter Alegi.)South African fans at a pub in Cape Town before the Nelson Mandela Challenge versus the United States, November 17, 2010. (Photograph by Peter Alegi.)Camps Bay Primary School shows its support for the national team ahead of the ...
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Page Count: 296
Illustrations: 1 figure, 25 color
Publication Year: 2013