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The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer

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The definitive book about soccer. With a new foreword for the American edition.

There may be no cultural practice more global than soccer. Rites of birth and marriage are infinitely diverse, but the rules of soccer 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 ...

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Overview

The definitive book about soccer. With a new foreword for the American edition.

There may be no cultural practice more global than soccer. Rites of birth and marriage are infinitely diverse, but the rules of soccer 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 soccer'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 soccer'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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594482960
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 158,346
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

David Goldblatt was born in London in 1965 and inherited, for his sins, Tottenham Hotspurs from his father. He has flirted with and abandoned careers in medicine, stand-up comedy, broadcasting, politics and academia. In previous lives he has published amongst other books, Social Theory and the Environment, Global Transformations and the World Football Yearbook. In this life he has been lucky enough to put them all together. He currently lives in Bristol, the Bermuda triangle of footballing prowess, where he spreads his affections amongst Spurs, Bristol Rovers and Bristol City.

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    Best historical sports book ever!!!

    Wanting to learn about the history of the beautiful game I stumbled across this fine read. Takes the reader through the birth of local kicking and handling games, to the Rugby, Football split, to the global sensation football is. It not only explains the where and when for various football milestones, but describes, in detail, the socioeconomic situations that caused these events. (It gives brief recaps of important matches that really enable one to get the feel of the sport during that era.
    The book is almost 1000 pages but I read it within two weeks due to David Goldblatt's fine writing style.
    I was a fan of soccer before this book and now I am a fanatic.
    Great read for any sport fan or anyone who would like a better understanding of global development (social, economic, or political).

    Jj

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