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Migrations and trade of African football players: historic, geographical and cultural aspects

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  • Raffaele Poli
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    Professional football clubs worldwide are recruiting an increasing number of African players. While the underlying vested interests for profit and business are important, it is on a cultural level that this phenomenon has its greatest impact. The African football player as a popular icon, ambassador and mediator, is invested with a triple role, which is often difficult for him to assume. Indeed, of the multitude of young candidates who exile themselves for football, only a handful of them manage to pursue a successful career. However, due to the prevailing context of media over-exposure of football, millions of young Africans dream of leaving their country by playing this sport. In many sub-Saharan African countries football is being increasingly considered as a separate career path altogether.

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    Article provided by Institute of African Affairs, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg in its journal Afrika Spectrum.

    Volume (Year): 41 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 393-414

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    Handle: RePEc:gig:afjour:v:41:y:2006:i:3:p:393-414
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