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The concluding chapter opens with a concise summary of our key findings before setting out how the book extends knowledge and understanding of African football migration. We point to five key contributions and advancements. Firstly, our findings set out a comprehensive picture that incorporates the intersecting macro-, meso- and micro-level currents that contour and influence the migratory imaginaries and projects of African football players. Secondly, and informed by our long-term, ongoing relationships and engagement with African players and other actors, we have situated their perspectives, subjectivities and experiences at the centre of our analysis. Thirdly, the long-term, temporal perspective we offer through this book exposes the whole career course of African players from their initial engagement with football, through to their transnational careers and post-playing career lives. Fourthly, by showing ethnographically how the historical, political, economic and social dynamics of African contexts connect with and shape the experiences of players in destination settings, we uncover the multiple transnational dimensions in players’ imaginaries and professional and personal life courses. Finally, this book highlights the intellectual benefits of examining African football migration, and sport migration more generally, in an interdisciplinary manner. We finish this concluding chapter by pointing to new empirical, conceptual and methodological directions for research on African football migration.

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African football migration

Aspirations, experiences and trajectories

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