I feel sympathy for the working-class lad. I’ve always championed ticket prices and try to equate that to people’s salaries-Sir Alex Ferguson

My position is this – street soccer is the most natural educational system that can be found-Rinus Michel

When I started, a foreigner came to this country and had an English accent and got a job. Then we had Brazilians. Moroka Swallows had a beach soccer coach once. I mean are you crazy? What are you doing, having a laugh or what? Then there are plumbers, electricians, and fishermen. Whatever We’ve got to believe in our own’- Gavin Hunt

I have won many trophies in my time, but nothing will ever top helping win the battle for peace in my country-Didier Drogba

I study sport in Africa with a focus on the southern parts of the continent. I am largely interested in the ‘ ball’ sports of empire-rugby, cricket, soccer. The trinity of sports was important in the empire’s articulation of the nation, manliness, and the construction of being. Rugby was the quintessential ‘man’s game’, whereas cricket was the gentleman’s game, and soccer was the ‘people’s ballet.’ Pardon the pun, but ‘balls’ mattered in empire and in the construction of modernity, national hygiene,  and national identity. With the attainment of independence, one has to ask what role, if any, did sports play in the new nation-state project. What did early African nationalists such as Kwame Nkrumah, Amilcar Cabral, Julius Nyerere, Joshua Nkomo, Robert Mugabe, Robert Sobukwe, Nelson Mandela, Samora Machel, Jomo Kenyatta, to mention but a few think about the role of sport in society? Soccer is a political act. I use soccer as a lens to offer insights into various aspects such as gender, consumption, fandom, media, national identity, nationalism, soccer grounds, stadia, politics, international relations, soccer rivalries, history, and women’s soccer.