The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer

The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer

by David Goldblatt


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The definitive book about soccer, from the author of The Games: A Global History of the Olympics.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594482960
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/02/2008
Pages: 992
Sales rank: 375,497
Product dimensions: 6.02(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.58(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Among many other things, David Goldblatt is the author of The Games: A Global History of the Olympics, and the writer and compiler of Dorling Kindersley's World Football Yearbook. Born in London in 1965, he now lives in Bristol, England.

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The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Soccer 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jjerg More than 1 year ago
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
rtilbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the bible of global soccer history as it relates to politics, economics, and society. It is a very detailed account that is not an overnight read. It is thoughtful, well researched, and well written. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to know the history of the game and why it has achieved such a world following. As a football (soccer) fan and avid player, the detailed accounts of some of the famous match games was fascinating as well as some of the uncommon football history from less known parts of the world. GREAT BOOK!
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