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The Age of Football By David Goldblatt

The Age of Football by David Goldblatt

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The critically acclaimed global story of football in the twenty-first century.

The Age of Football Summary

The Age of Football: The Global Game in the Twenty-first Century by David Goldblatt

The epic exploration of football in the twenty-first century through the prism of sociology, politics, and economics, by David Goldblatt, the critically acclaimed author of The Ball is Round.

'David Goldblatt is not merely the best football historian writing today, he is possibly the best there has ever been' - Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times

In the twenty-first century football is first. First among sports themselves, but it now commands the allegiance, interest and engagement of more people in more places than any other phenomenon. In the three most populous nations on the earth - China, India and the United States where just twenty years ago football existed on the periphery of society - it has now arrived for good. Nations, peoples and neighbourhoods across the globe imagine and invent themselves through playing and following the game.

In The Age of Football, David Goldblatt charts football's global cultural ascent, its economic transformation and deep politicization, taking in prison football in Uganda and amputee football in Angola, the role of football fans in the Arab Spring, the footballing presidencies of Bolivia's Evo Morales and Turkey's Recep Erdogan, China's declared intention to both host and win the World Cup by 2050, and the FIFA corruption scandal.

Following the intersection of the game with money, power and identity, like no sports historian before, Goldblatt's sweeping story is remarkable in its scope, breathtaking in its depth of knowledge, and is a brilliantly original perspective of the twenty-first century. It is the account of how football has come to define every facet of our social, economic and cultural lives and at what cost, shaping who we think we are and who we want to be.

The Age of Football Reviews

David Goldblatt is not merely the best football historian writing today, he is possibly the best there has ever been * The Sunday Times *

Praise for The Games:

Goldblatt has become arguably the premier anglophone sports historian. Unflinching before millennia worth of material, he tells the Olympic story from the ancient Greeks to today's festival of sponsors. This book is illuminating, erudite, fair-minded, readable, told at a cracking pace, and puts the Games in their social and political context.

* The Financial Times *

Praise for The Game of Our Lives:

Not just the best soccer book in many years but an exemplary account of the changing character of British society in the post-Thatcher era.

* Prof David Runciman, The Wall Street Journal *

Praise for Futebol Nation: A Footballing History of Brazil

Goldblatt has a knack for putting football into its socio-economic context, a gift for synthesis, and frightening eloquence.

-- Simon Kuper * The Financial Times *

About David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt was born in 1965 and inherited, for his sins, Tottenham Hotspurs from his father. He has published highly acclaimed books of football: The Ball is Round, an astonishingly ambitious global history of the game, Futebol Nation, a footballing history of Brazil, and The Game of Our Lives about the meaning and making of English football, which won the 2015 William Sports Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. He has also edited the World Football Yearbook, made sporting documentaries for BBC Radio, reviewed sports books for the TLS and the Guardian and taught the sociology of sport at Bristol University, De Montfort University, Leicester and Pitzer College, Los Angeles.

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GOR010638216
9781509854271
1509854274
The Age of Football: The Global Game in the Twenty-first Century by David Goldblatt
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Pan Macmillan
2020-08-20
688
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