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The Ball Is round: A Global History of Soccer

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

David Goldblatt is the writer/compiler of Dorling Kindersley's World Football Yearbook. Born in London in 1965, he now lives in Bristol, England.

Table of Contents

Introduction : Life and death, love and money — Pt. 1. Ancients and moderns : Football and the invention of modern sport, from the beginning to 1914 — Pt. 2. The people's game : Football, empire and industry, 1870-1934 — Pt. 3. The beautiful game : Football's short twentieth century, 1934-1974 — Pt. 4. Things fall apart : Football after the long boom, 1974-1990 — Pt. 5. The only game : Football and the end of history, 1990-2006 — Conclusion : The game at the end of the world.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781101097670
Subtitle:
A Global History of Soccer
Publisher:
Riverhead Books
Author:
David Goldblatt
Author:
Goldblatt, David
Subject:
Sports & Recreation : Soccer
Subject:
Soccer
Subject:
History
Subject:
Soccer -- History.
Subject:
Soccer players - History
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Soccer
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080102
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
974

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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