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

David Goldblatt


9781509854264

Macmillan


Sociology: sport & leisure;
Sports & outdoor recreation;
Sports governing bodies;
Football (Soccer, Association football)


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656 pages

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The epic exploration of society, politics, and economics in the twenty-first century through the prism of football, by 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 politicisation, 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, as well as the FIFA corruption scandal.

Following the intersection of the game with money, power and identity, like no previous sports writer or historian, 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.

By:   David Goldblatt
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 42mm
Weight:   804g
ISBN:   9781509854264
ISBN 10:   1509854266
Pages:   656
Publication Date:   August 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 years
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

In 2006 David Goldblatt published The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football, now considered the definitive history of the world game. In 2014 he published two national studies, Futebol Nation: The Footballing History of Brazil and The Game of Our Lives: The Making and Meaning of English Football, the latter going on to win the 2015 William Sports Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. In 2016 he published The Games: A Global History of the Olympics.


Next time people tell you politics has no place in football, tell them to read David Goldblatt's encyclopedic The Age of Football, in which the takes the reader from Chinese football diplomacy in Africa, through drug- and ticket-dealing barras in Latin America to Asian and Russian billionaire club owners in London. A masterful and mesmerizing analysis of the complex and multifaceted relations between football and politics around the globe. -- Cas Mudde * Stanley Wade Shelton UGAF Professor * Praise for The Ball is Round: Stunning...will be the measure against which all other such volumes are judged...A magnificent work. Elegant, witty, stylish and crisp. Takes football history to a new level. -- Prof John Foot * The Guardian * Praise for The Ball is Round: Stunning...will be the measure against which all other such volumes are judged...A magnificent work. Elegant, witty, stylish and crisp. Takes football history to a new level. -- Prof John Foot * The Guardian * 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 * 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 * Wall Street Journal * 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 * David Goldblatt is not merely the best football historian writing today, he is possibly the best there has ever been -- Dominic Sandbrook * Sunday Times *

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