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Differing Trajectories: Football Development and Patterns of Player Migration in South Africa and Ghana

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Darby, Paul and Solberg, Eirik (2010) Differing Trajectories: Football Development and Patterns of Player Migration in South Africa and Ghana. Soccer and Society, 11 (1-2). pp. 11-130. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a917872768

DOI: 10.1080/14660970903331433

Abstract

This article employs a comparative approach to the dynamics underpinning the transnational migration of African football players. More specifically, it assesses the extent to which divergent levels of professionalism and football development across the game in South Africa and Ghana shape and contour patterns of player mobility. This analysis, rooted in ethnographic research in both locales, reveals that significant economic divergences between the Premier Soccer League (PSL) in South Africa and the Ghanaian Premier League produce dramatically different patterns of inward and outward football migration. These patterns reveal that while Ghana’s most talented players typically seek careers outside of the country, the PSL is not only able to retain highly skilled South African football labour but also represents an attractive destination for footballers from elsewhere in the continent.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:African football: South Africa; Ghana; Football Labour Migration; Sports labour migration
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > Ulster Sports Academy
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sport in Society
ID Code:9009
Deposited By:Dr Paul Darby
Deposited On:04 Feb 2010 15:44
Last Modified:12 Feb 2014 12:03

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