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  • Published: 26 November 2007
  • ISBN: 9780141911540
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 992
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The Ball Is Round

A Global History Of Football




The definitive book about football. There may be no cultural practice more global than soccer. Rites of birth and marriage are infinitely diverse, but the rules of football are universal. No world religion can match its geographical scope. The single greatest simultaneous human collective experience is the World Cup final. In this extraordinary tour de force, David Goldblatt tells the full story of football's rise from chaotic folk ritual to the world's most popular sport-now poised to fully establish itself in the USA. Already celebrated internationally, The Ball Is Round illuminates football's role in the political and social histories of modern societies, but never loses sight of the beauty, joy, and excitement of the game itself.

  • Published: 26 November 2007
  • ISBN: 9780141911540
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 992
Categories:

About the author

David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt was born in London in 1965 and is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspurs and Bristol Rovers. He teaches sociology at Bristol University, reviews sports books for the TLS, and for some years wrote the Sporting Life column in Prospect magazine.

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