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The Age of Football

The Global Game in the Twenty-first Century

David Goldblatt

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The critically acclaimed global story of football in the twenty-first century.
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"a tribute to our better natures"

The Guardian

The Age of Football: The Global Game in the Twenty-first Century A01 By (author) N David Goldblatt 244 164 51 932 BB Hardback 688 Macmillan Pan Macmillan London United Kingdom WSJA Football (Soccer, Association football) WSBG Sports governing bodies JHBS Sociology: sport & leisure WSBX History of sport 3JMC c 2000 to c 2010 3JMG c 2010 to c 2020 1.3 SFBC SCBG JHBS SCX Association football (Soccer) Sports governing bodies Sociology: sport & leisure History of sport 3MRBA 3MRBF c 2000 to c 2009 c 2010 to c 2019 The critically acclaimed global story of football in the twenty-first century. 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, and the FIFA corruption scandal. Following the intersection of the game with money, power and identity, like no previous sports 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. Comprehensive yet light of touch * Sunday Times * A monumental piece of work * When Saturday Comes * David Goldblatt's fine study shows how football worldwide has been co-opted by populist movements * Observer * Impressively vast * Literary Review * Extraordinarily wide-ranging * New Statesman * Superb . . . Goldblatt provides vignettes and beautifully crafted studies, country by country, of contemporary politics and economics, told through, and around the global game * TLS * There are football books. And then there are football books...a scintillating survey of the great 20th-century gold rush, from before the second world war to the boom times of the single European market...The age of football really is upon us. It has after all given us The Age of Football, a history that is, for all the familiarity of some of the detail, unlike anything else written on this subject. * Barney Ronay, The Guardian * 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 * 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. He 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. 27082019 02 RRP including tax GB GBP 25.00 0.00 25.00 This price includes a tax element GB 20 Available 8 BERT GARD Y

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, and the FIFA corruption scandal.

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

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Book publisherPan Macmillan
Publication date27 Aug 2019
FormatHardback
Pages688
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