Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
'Madiba Magic'
Reuters, December 6th, 2013 4:05AM

MOST READ


From 1963 to 1992, South Africa was banned from international soccer. Nelson Mandela is celebrated as the man at the heart of South Africa's return to world competition after decades of Apartheid-enforced isolation. And, Mark Gleeson explains, he used sport as a means of reconciliation between the country's diverse racial groups.

The South African soccer team’s long undefeated streak with Mandela in the stands, and the Springboks’ rugby world championship win with Mandela attending led to the concept of 'Madiba Magic,' a play on his tribal name and the awe-inspiring effect he produced.

After the ban was lifted, Mandela, who became South Africa’s first post-Apartheid president, moved quickly to use sport to implement a nation-building policy with South Africa.

Mandela also stepped forcefully into a bitter debate over the symbols for South African teams, surprisingly siding with his former white oppressors and allowing rugby to keep using the Springbok emblem. It won for Mandela deep affection across racial lines, particularly among the Afrikaner community, at the time suspicious of what a black-led future held. Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Scolari turns criticism back onto the critics    
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is shrugging off criticism of several players as tension and excitement ...
Qatar begins down-sizing World Cup plans    
Qatar plans to scale back plans for the World Cup it is scheduled to host in ...
German unions request leniency for late arrival during World Cup    
German union leaders want employers to show leniency towards their soccer-supporting workers by allowing them to ...
Sao Paulo stadium not ready for proper test game    
The Arena Corinthians that will host the opening game of the 2014 World Cup will not ...
Who's Who of coaches cited to take over for Moyes    
Well, perhaps David Moyes can take some solace from his firing by Manchester United in the ...
Reports: Ronaldo Fit for Bayern Clash     
Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for Real Madrid's UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg against Bayern ...
Reports: Moyes Set to be Fired     
According to various reports in England and elsewhere, David Moyes looks set to lose his job ...
Guardiola: Bayern 'Looked Like a Small Side' Ahead of UCL Semi    
In an interview with the Spanish press, Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola opened up about the ...
Gerrard: I Had Given Up on Premier League Glory     
In an interview with the Telegraph published prior to Liverpool's 3-2 win at Norwich City on ...
Roma Reaches UCL After Lengthy Absence     
AS Roma on Saturday qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time since the ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives