The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jan 2, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 992 pages
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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.


  

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Review: The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer

User Review  - Sam Westmoreland - Goodreads

This is a must-read for soccer fans; the seminal history of the sport. Goldblatt's writing creates a compelling narrative, and makes this book a can't miss Read full review

Review: The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer

User Review  - Jamie - Goodreads

This is a mammoth book, just over 900 pages. Broken up by continent-specific chapters within chronological sections. Goldblatt covers soccer within the cultural context of the nation he is discussing ... Read full review

Contents

Life and Death Love and Money
xiii
Chasing Shadows The Prehistory of Football
3
The Simplest Game Britain and the Invention of Modern Football
19
An Altogether More Splendid Life Industrial Football and Workingclass Britain 18881914
50
Perfidious Albion The Resistible Rise of Global Football
85
The Great Game and the Informal Empire The International Spread of Football 18701914
112
Pay Up Pay Up and Play the Game The Commercialization of Global Football 19141934
171
The Rules of the Game International Football and International Politics 19001934
227
The Glamour and the Glory High Industrial Football in Europe 19551974
396
We Can Show Them Who is Really Superior Football in Africa 19001974
479
The World Turned Upside Down Joao Havelange FIFA and the Transformation of Global Football
513
If This is Football Let It Die The European Crisis 19741990
542
Military Manoeuvres Football under the Latin American Generals 19741990
606
Football and the Belly Africa 19741990
649
Football through the LookingGlass Europe 19902006
681
The Crisis Will be Televised Football in the Americas 19902006
774

The Road to El Dorado Latin American Football 19351954
263
Games of Life Games of Death European Football in War and Peace 19341954
297
Demons and Angels Latin American Football 19551974
357
Accelerated Development Football and Asias New Industrial Revolution
830
Small Mercies Football in Africa after the Cold War 19902006
874
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