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last updated: 7/8/2010

2010 FIFA World Cup (African Studies)

With the World Cup taking place from June 11-July 11, 2010, the African Studies Collection at Wells Library wanted to provide some helpful research tools about the World Cup and soccer (football) in Africa.  Topics covered in this research guide include history, news, and the significance of this major event to South Africa and the African continent in general.  Sources are all available electronically, with reference to some print sources as well.

2010 World Cup South Africa

The official South African government site to follow the event.  The impact of the World Cup to the African continent and South Africa is also thoroughly covered.

African Studies Blog: Ohio University Libraries

The blog of the African Studies Collection at Ohio University. The sport category details some relevant articles and multimedia.

All - World Cup

An African-based news source's coverage of the World Cup.

An African Football World Cup At Last: But What Will be the Effects? Maximising Positive Impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

An e-book analysis of the World Cup and its effects by Helga van Kampen [Amsterdam: Van Kempen Consultancy], 2008. Part of the NCDO Publication Series on Sport & Development.


Includes a variety of podcasts, blogs, videos, tweets, and other forms of multimedia news and analysis of the event.


The sport network's coverage of the World Cup, including the US television schedule and some live online games.


The main site of FIFA, the organizing body behind the World Cup.  Included are news updates, information on the stadiums, background on each team and match, and more.  The Classical Football section provides a plethora of information about football from its conception to the present, and includes trivia, features on past World Cups, and other interesting information on the sport.

Football in Africa

A web dossier detailing multimedia, electronic, and print resources on football and sport in Africa produced by the African Studies Centre, Leiden.

Jessica Hilltout

A photographer who spent two years documenting the game of soccer throughout Africa in an exhibit entitled Amen. Hilltout was profiled recently in The New York Times.

IUCat (Print Resources)

In order to find print resources held by the Indiana University Library System related to the World Cup, try these keywords or check out the following selection of recommended sources.

Keywords: Africa AND Soccer; History AND Soccer; History AND Soccer AND Africa; South Africa (or your favorite African nation) AND Soccer; World Cup AND Africa, etc.

Recommended Sources:

Africa, Football, and FIFA: Politics, Colonialism, and Resistance by Paul Darby. [HPER Library, GV944.A4 D37 2002]

African Soccerscapes by Peter Alegi. [Wells Library Stacks, GV944.A4 A45 2010]

Development and Dreams: The Urban Legacy of the 2010 Football World Cup by Udesh Pillay, Richard Tomlinson and Orli Bass (eds.). [HPER Library, GV943.49 .D47 2009]

More Than Just a Game: Soccer vs. Apartheid: The Most Important Soccer Story Ever Told by Charles P. Korr and Marvin Close. [Wells Library Core Collection, GV944.S59 K67 2010]

Media Club South Africa

Media Club South Africa is a free (registration-required) service for media professionals, nonprofits, and individuals, seeking to provide background information, history, news, images, and more about South Africa and the African continent. The feature on the 2010 World Cup includes many images, details, and news articles for this event, and the South African perspective is helpful too.


Pilgrimages is a unique project meshing the response to the World Cup on the African continent and literature.  The Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists is sponsoring the work of African writers during the World Cup.  These writers will travel to various African cities, blogging about their journeys and then, in January 2012, publishing books on their experiences during the African Cup of Nations Tournament. The goal of this product is to introduce Africa to the literary world from an African point of view.


Official broadcaster for the 2010 World Cup.

World Cup 2010 South Africa

Selected internet resources related to the 2010 World Cup prepared by Karen Fung of Stanford University as a part of the Africa South of the Sahara guide. The Sports section may also be helpful for some researchers.

Above image courtesy Media Club South Africa.
last updated: 7/8/2010