The ball is round A global history of soccer

David Goldblatt, 1965-

Book - 2008

Traces the history of the world's most popular sport from its earliest origins to the present day, looking at the game in terms of its political, cultural, and social roles in countries around the world.

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Published
New York : Riverhead Books 2008.
Edition
1st Riverhead trade pbk. ed
Language
English
Physical Description
974 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (p. 922-929) and index.
ISBN
9781594482960
1594482969
Main Author
David Goldblatt, 1965- (-)
  • Introduction : Life and death, love and money
  • Pt. 1. Ancients and moderns : Football and the invention of modern sport, from the beginning to 1914: 1. Chasing shadows : the prehistory of football
  • 2. The simplest game : Britain and the invention of modern pootball
  • 3. An altogether more splendid life : industrial football and working-class Britain, 1888-1914
  • Pt. 2. The people's game : Football, empire and industry, 1870-1934:
  • 4. Perfect Albion : the resistible rise of global football
  • 5. The great game and the informal empire : the international spread of football, 1870-1914
  • 6. Pay up, pay up and play the game : the commercialization of global football, 1914-1934
  • 7. The rules of the game : international football and international politics, 1900-1934
  • Pt. 3. The beautiful game : Football's short twentieth century, 1934-1974:
  • 8. The road to El Dorado : Latin American football, 1935-1953
  • 9. Games of life, games of death : European football in war and peace, 1934-1954
  • 10. Demaons and angels : Latin American football, 1955-1974
  • 11. The glamour and the glory : high industrial football in Europe, 1955-1974
  • 12. We can show them who is really superior : football in Africa, 1900-1974
  • Pt. 4. Things fall apart : Football after the long boom, 1974-1990:
  • 13. The world turned upside down : João Havelange, FIFA and the transformation of global football
  • 14. If this is football, let it die : the European crisis, 1974-1990
  • 15. Military manoeuvres : football under the Latin American generals, 1974-1990
  • 16. Football and the belly : Africa, 1974-1990
  • Pt. 5. The only game : Football and the end of history, 1990-2006:
  • 17. Football through the looking-glass : Europe, 1990-2006
  • 18. The crisis will be televised : football in the Americas, 1990-2006
  • 19. Accelerated development : football and Asia's new industrial revolution
  • 20. Small mercies : football in Africa after the Cold War, 1990-2006
  • Conclusion : The game at the end of the world.
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Published to coincide with the World Cup preliminaries, a comprehensive overview of soccer around the world traces the history of the world's most popular sport from its earliest origins to the present day, looking at the game in terms of its political, cultural, and social roles in countries around the world. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Traces the history of the world's most popular sport from its earliest origins to the present day, looking at the game in terms of its political, cultural, and social roles in countries around the world.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

At nearly 1000 pages, this global history of the sport of soccer is determined to be as comprehensive as possible. Goldblatt, an English writer who has previously published World Football Yearbook, traces the history of soccer from its ritualistic past into its current incarnation as an international phenomenon. Combining statistics and development of this sport with dozens of witty anecdotes, this book should interest anyone who has ever kicked a black-and-white ball into a net. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

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.