Following the Ball: The Migration of African Soccer Players across the Portuguese Colonial Empire, 1949–1975 (Review article)

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In Following the Ball, Todd Cleveland meticulously unpacks the history of African soccer players’ migratory journeys across the Portuguese colonial empire. While this book makes an invaluable contribution to what is a nascent body of literature on the migration of African football players, it also represents a telling addition to our understanding of the encounters between coloniser and colonised and how these played out specifically within the Portuguese colonial project.
LanguageEnglish
Pages139-144
Number of pages6
JournalActa Academica
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Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2018

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