Author Archives: Marc Fletcher

About Marc Fletcher

I am a third year PhD student at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK. My current research is on race, national identity and football fandom in Johannesburg, South Africa but my interest in sport is not just academic. I am an ardent supporter of Tiverton Town FC (a small, semi-professional soccer club languishing in the depths of the English non-league system) and am hoping beyond hope that England might just get past the quarter finals of next year's World Cup in South Africa. I severely doubt it though...

South Africa’s Brazilian love affair

Last Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Japan was Carlos Alberto Parreira’s first game back in charge of South Africa. You would be forgiven if you thought that the tenure of Brazilian compatriot, Joel Santana, as Bafana coach had just been a dream. The promise of good things that emerged from their Confederations Cup campaign had since… Read More »

Standing alone on the terraces: The decline of the local game

Everyone who has a vague interest in soccer knows the big global brands and superstars; the Manchester Uniteds and the Real Madrids, the Kakas and Messis of the global game. We see them plastered across the back pages of newspapers and adorning front covers of glossy magazines. Television coverage of major soccer matches is all-pervasive.… Read More »