The Ball is Round A Global History of Soccer

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-02
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade

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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 Roundilluminates 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.

Author Biography

David Goldblatt is the writer/compiler of Dorling Kindersley's World Football Yearbook. Born in London in 1965, he now lives in Bristol, England.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the American Editionp. ix
Introduction: Life and Death, Love and Moneyp. xiii
Ancients and Moderns: Football and the Invention of Modern from the Beginning to 1914
Chasing Shadows: The Prehistory of Footballp. 3
The Simplest Game: Britain and the Invention of Modern Footballp. 19
An Altogether More Splendid Life: Industrial Football and Working-class Britain, 1888-1914p. 50
The People's Game: Football, Empire and Industry, 1870-1934
Perfidious Albion: The Resistible Rise of Global Footballp. 85
The Great Game and the Informal Empire: The International Spread of Football, 1870-1914p. 112
Pay Up, Pay Up and Play the Game: The Commercialization of Global Football, 1914-1934p. 171
The Rules of the Game: International Football and International Politics, 1900-1934p. 227
The Beautiful Game: Football's Short Twentieth Century, 1934-1974
The Road to El Dorado: Latin American Football, 1935-1954p. 263
Games of Life, Games of Death: European Football in War and Peace, 1934-1954p. 297
Demons and Angels: Latin American Football? 1955-1974p. 357
The Glamour and the Glory: High Industrial Football in Europe, 1955-1974p. 396
We Can Show Them Who is Really Superior: Football in Africa, 1900-1974p. 479
Things Fall Apart: Football after the Long Boom, 1974-1990
The World Turned Upside Down: Joao Havelange, FIFA and the Transformation of Global Footballp. 513
If This is Football, Let It Die: The European Crisis, 1974-1990p. 542
Military Manouvers: Football under the Latin American Generals, 1974-1990p. 606
Football and the Belly: Africa, 1974-1990p. 649
The Only Game: Football and the End of History, 1990-2006
Football through the Looking-Glass: Europe, 1990-2006p. 681
The Crisis Will be Televised; Football in the Americas, 1990-2006p. 774
Accelerated Development: Football and Asia's New Industrial Revolutionp. 830
Small Mercies: Football in Africa after the Cold War, 1990-2006p. 874
Conclusion: The Game at the End of the Worldp. 900
Notesp. 908
Bibliographyp. 922
Acknowledgementsp. 930
Indexp. 933
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