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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; First Edition edition (6 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007278799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007278794
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 946,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A fascinating account of the immense importance of the sport.” The Guardian

“Utterly Compelling.” Independent

“This story adds a compelling dimension to our understanding of the struggle against apartheid.” Desmond Tutu

“The unbreakable spirit of a fraternity of prisoners…reminds us of how wonderful the battered old game can be.” Hugh McIlvanney

“A little-known story well worth rescuing from the mists of history.” The Metro

‘An engaging tale.’The Guardian

'An uplifting and humbling story, that has been painstakingly researched, and lovingly told.' Yorkshire Post

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"A little-known story well worth rescuing from the mists of history".

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Knight on 12 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
I met Tony Suze on a plane to Johannesburg. As fellow passengers we began to swap pleasantries. Trapped on a plane, away from the demands of work, we both had a few hours to while away the time. What followed was the most fascinating conversation I had ever experienced. Not only was Tony able to describe his feelings on being incarcerated on Robben Island for fifteen years of his youth but he also began to explain the workings of and rationale behind the Markana Football Association. As a football fan for many years I had never heard of this amazing league and, as the detail emerged, the level of organisation and passion with which every game was played was simply breath taking. Keeping to strict FIFA rules the prisoners were able to pass their time on the island not only playing the game that they loved but also developing vital skills needed for life after the apartheid regime would end.
`More Than Just A Game' is a beautifully written book which charts this incredible story with detail and feeling. Painstakingly researched from boxes of records from the Robben Island archives and interviews with ex-prisoners, and brought to life by empathetic writing, Professor Chuck Korr and co-author Marvin Close have produced a truly captivating written account of the story. The brutality of day to day life, the struggle for the right to play football (and other sports) and the challenge for prisoners from different political parties to work together against the authorities is extraordinary. With the 2010 Football World Cup just around the corner this book is a timely reminder of the role of sport in breaking down barriers as we all look forward to a successful tournament in the Rainbow Nation.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JLP on 11 Oct. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Mention football to me a few months ago and my head would fill with visions of over-paid pouting prima-donnas, who spent their days in training, and their evenings at exclusive night-clubs!
Two* things have changed my opinion of late. This excellent book is one of them. As I read, I began to question my own attitudes and my opinion of the game.
'More Than Just A Game' traces the struggle faced by prisoners on Robben Island to achieve the right to exercise in the way they wanted - by playing football. Their courageous fight against the cruelty of discrimination and oppression, led the prisoners to organise games following the strict laws that govern football in the wider world.
The consequences were far-reaching with regard to the breaking down of apartheid.
I began to see the 'beautiful' game in a different light - a game which could bring friendship, co-operation, a sense of achievement, the building of relationships and the growth of self-esteem and above all, HOPE for the future.
I recommend this well-written book and urge others to read it.

* the second thing - just look at the huge effect the recent success of Hull City F.C. has had on the morale of a much maligned, but beautiful city!
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This is a fascinating and compelling story of football on South Africa's notorious Robben Island. It provides fascinating insights into politics, prison life, human dignity, protest and independence. Thanks to the existence of detailed paper records, Korr is able to present a detailed account of the prisoners' struggle to gain the right to play football, their meticulous organisation of a league competition following FIFA rules, the challenges they faced from the authorities and the sense of community and identity that it engendered. The title 'More than just a game' is very apt; the Makana Football Association was an opportunity for prisoners to work together across political divides, challenge authority, develop the arts of compromise, subtle persuasion and perseverance, and for some to hone their legal, administrative and negotiating skills. In focusing on football, Korr gives a vivid sense of everyday life at the prison; as much as politics dominates perceptions of race relations in South Africa, this shows that for many prisoners, the right to organise and enjoy sport was equally important as an expression of human dignity. This is essential reading for anyone interested in football history, or South African history more generally.
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Format: Hardcover
I am a casual observer of sports in general, and am not sure I have ever watched an entire soccer/football match, although I understand the basics of the game. The story told here, however, is compelling in its history of a recent shame in the human narrative (apartheid) and the spirit of gamesmanship, competition, and camaraderie which brought together factions of men and thoughts.
I have already passed my UK copy on to my brother-in-law, who is more of a history and sports buff than myself.

When I read it again, I think I will start at the back with the background of how the book and story were put together and the interviews of the key characters. I believe this would have put the story in even better perspective for me.

Since I am not a soccer/football fan, I could have used some explanation of some key terms. I did (do) not know that there is a tackle permitted.
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