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Yes, football is a country

For a while we’ve dabbled with sports blogging on Africa is a Country; i.e. pieces on John Terry, Didier Drogba, black jockeys and, now and again, when we’ve compiled one of our beloved lists. But now we’ve decided to try to up the ante and today we’re launching (with not much fanfare since we still need to convince you about how excellent this will all be, but drumroll please …) a new page on the site: Football is a Country. Once we relaunch with a new design (coming sooner than you think, promise) it will be better organized. The big idea behind the page is to present a more global, postcolonial (for want for a better word) take on world football. The main focus of the page for the foreseeable future will be African football. What that means is quite broad — both the categories of “African” and “football” will be pretty elastic.

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Magnificent

Earlier this week ESPN won seven Sports Emmy Awards, including one for music during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, like the video–played at the start of broadcasts and…..

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The Falcon of Qatar

The Spring Issue of Middle East arts magazine, Bidoun, is about sports. This includes a piece on “Kenyan long- and middle-distance runners who have found infamy and fortune as Arabized…..

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The Indians are Coming

This is an ad to promote the wares of Willow TV–the California-based portal for live Internet streaming of big cricket matches-ahead of India’s tour of South Africa, a tour that…..

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Cricket is big in Nigeria

Much of whatever energy I have left after work and family goes to football, but I had to post this argument by Naija blogger, Jeremy Weate, including his description of…..

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YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP

Just before Christmas “The New York Times ” led its sports section with a story about Ater Majok, a future University of Connecticut baskeball player born in Sudan but educated…..

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WARMING UP FOR THE 2010 WORLD CUP

My sister sent me these images (above and below)–making their rounds on the internets–of the new Green Point Stadium in Cape Town where one of the semi-finals of the 2010…..