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  - Catherine - Goodreads

Only got to read about 2/3 (the initial history + everything related to the Americas), but everything I read, I enjoyed. He doesn't give women's football its due, but I rarely expect much on that ... Read full review

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The Prehistory of Football
Industrial Football and Workingclass Britain 18881914
The Resistible Rise of Global Football
The International Spread of Football 18701914
The Commercialization of Global Football 19141934
International Football and International Politics 19001934
Latin American Football 19351954
European Football in War and Peace 19341954
Latin American Football 19551974
High Industrial Football in Europe 19551974
Football in Africa 19001974
João Havelange FIFA and the Transformation of Global Football
The European Crisis 19741990
Football under the Latin American Generals 19741990
Africa 19741990
Football in the Americas 19902006
Football and Asias New Industrial Revolution
Football in Africa after the Cold War 19902006
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