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More Than Just a Game, Soccer vs. Apartheid: The Most Important Soccer Story Ever Told

More Than Just a Game, Soccer vs. Apartheid: The Most Important Soccer Story Ever Told

ISBN: 0312596170

Title: More Than Just a Game, Soccer vs. Apartheid: The Most Important Soccer Story Ever Told

Author: Chuck Korr with Marvin Close

KDL Description:

SPORTS SOCCER KOR

The true story of how political prisoners under apartheid found hope and dignity through soccer.

Amazon Description:

Timed perfectly for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the true story of how political prisoners under apartheid found hope and dignity through soccer

In the hell that was Robben Island, inmates united courageously in an act of protest. Beginning in 1964, they requested the right to play soccer during their exercise periods. Denied repeatedly, they risked beatings and food deprivation by repeating their request for three years. Finally granted this right, the prisoners banded together to form a multi-tiered, pro-level league that ran for more than two decades and served as an impassioned symbol of resistance against apartheid. Former Robben Island inmate Nelson Mandela noted in the documentary FIFA: 90 Minutes for Mandela, “Soccer is more than just a game…. The energy, passion, and dedication this game created made us feel alive and triumphant despite the situation we found ourselves in.”