Friday, January 4, 2013

South Africa-bound once more

It's been years since I last posted on this blog. It served its purpose during 2010, recording my experiences at the World Cup in South Africa and doubling as method of recording observational data for my PhD thesis. There didn't seem to be much point continuing with this blog once I had returned to the UK to write my thesis. The PhD took over my capacity to write about football, as well as my life. 100,000 words (and a few temper tantrums) later, there are now copies of it gathering dust on bookshelves. Was it worth it? I think so. How many opportunities will I get to travel to the other side of the world, meet so many different people and get to watch so much football? I fear that the answer is not many.
It seems a poignant time to start this blog up again after all this time. I'm currently waiting for my visa to come through for South Africa so I can start my postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Johannesburg, which means another chance to experience the highs and lows of a Soweto Derby day, and the highs and lows of following the SA national team. There have been some issues in getting my visa but I'm hoping that it will come through in time for me to head out for the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa. Three years after the World Cup, it'll be fascinating to see the legacy of the World Cup, if there has been one.

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