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.
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 * Reading David Goldblatt, you don't just understand football better. You understand the world a bit better, too. The breadth of his research is unmatched, and the writing is always a pleasure * Simon Kuper * A globe-trotting magnum opus -- Tobias Jones * The Sunday Times * Next time people tell you politics has no place in football, tell them to read David Goldblatt's The Age of Football -- Cas Mudde, Stanley Wade Shelton UGAF Professor David Goldblatt is not merely the best football historian writing today, he is possibly the best there has ever been -- Dominic Sandbrook * Sunday Times * Magnificent . . . Goldblatt is the doyen of sports historians and brings to this account his forensic and telling eye for detail * Mail on Sunday *