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The Age of Football


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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.


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 is not merely the best football historian writing today, he is possibly the best there has ever been -- Dominic Sandbrook * 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
A globe-trotting magnum opus -- Tobias Jones * The Sunday 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 *
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 *
Superb . . . Goldblatt provides vignettes and beautifully crafted studies, country by country, of contemporary politics and economics, told through, and around the global game * TLS *
Extraordinarily wide-ranging * New Statesman *
Impressively vast * Literary Review *
David Goldblatt's fine study shows how football worldwide has been co-opted by populist movements * Observer *
A monumental piece of work * When Saturday Comes *
Comprehensive yet light of touch * Sunday Times *

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