A Short History of African Football

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The 2010 World Cup has marked a historical moment for African football; there is no doubt for that. In the sound of thousands of accompanying vuvuzelas, Africans have shown their passion for football and proved that this is far more than a simple spectator sport. No trip to African countries like Uganda, Nigeria or South Africa should lack an experience like watching a football game: the atmosphere on the stadium is simply fantastic!
But in addition to the obvious entertaining virtues of football or similar sports, there were many moments in history when sports have proved to be a political weapon. By organizing its first major football competition, Africa was welcomed into the ‘first league’ of football, and drawn attention to numerous potential tourists, organizations, investors etc. But this might be just a way of looking at things. Leaving politics behind, I thought you might enjoy a brief history of African football:

Few Essential Facts About African Football

by informatique

Even though it was the European missionaries the ones who first introduced football to Africa, the sport enjoyed a great success and people began to play it everywhere. The enthusiasm of Africans for football soon lead into the apparition of professional football teams. National football leagues have been created in the 60s and soon Africa has its own continental tournament – the equivalent of European Football Championship, this competition was called African Nations Cup.

African Football Culture

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Like many other supporters around the world, Africans gather in pubs and watch the major matches in the company of friends and good beer. While this might upset feminists around the world, they should keep in mind that there are women supporters too, and that the show that football fans put up in the stadium can hardly be equaled. African men can be really fanatic about football: when their teams have an important game to play, you will hardly see anyone on the streets: they are all inside, supporting their team in front of the TV screen.
Thanks to World Cup South Africa 2010, the whole world got a chance to meet the controversial vuvuzelas – a very important part of the African football culture. The history of vuvuzela and that of football in Africa are closely connected. The vuvuzela is in fact an old African instrument known as kudu – a typical corn. Today vuvuzelas are manufasctured in many colors and consist usually of two parts, this making them easier to carry.  The story of vuvuzela took an unfortunate turn however, when some international football associations decided to ban them.

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