Football by Middle East Archive | Exploring the Vibrant Culture of Football in the Middle East and North Africa

Football, often referred to as the Beautiful Game, transcends mere sport in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. It embodies a cultural phenomenon, weaving through the fabric of daily life with a passion and fervor unparalleled elsewhere. From the bustling streets of Cairo to the serene landscapes of Oman, football serves as both a unifying force and a reflection of the diverse societies it touches.

The recently released photography book, “Football,” curated by the Middle East Archive, offers a captivating journey into the heart of MENA’s football culture. Through a meticulously curated collection of images spanning from the late 1980s to 2023, the book captures the essence of football as more than just a game but as an integral part of regional identity. From spirited matches to devoted fans, each photograph encapsulates the energy and vibrancy of football in the MENA region.

The diverse array of photographers behind the lens brings a richness of perspective to “Football.” Renowned names such as Abbas, Nikos Economopoulos, Karim Sahib, Jinane Ennasri, Marco Di Lauro, Alex Webb, and Salah Malkawi lend their talents to immortalize moments that define the region’s football culture. Their collective vision offers a nuanced portrayal of the intersection between sport, society, and identity in the MENA region.

“Football كرة القدم” is more than a mere book; it’s a cultural artifact that celebrates the enduring love affair between MENA nations and the beautiful game. Available online from the Middle Archive website and physical retailers like Printed Matter, this linen-bound hardback spans 126 pages of captivating imagery and retails for $50.


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