the ball is round ….

Goldblatt is convinced – rightly (?)  – that football cannot be isolated from history and sociology (and economics), and that these forces cannot be understood without reference to the most global and wealthy of all sports: “No history of the modern world is complete without an account of football.” Thus he mixes accounts of coups, booms and busts, strikes and revolutions with tales of goals, transfers, victories and penalty shoot-outs. While not making mechanical links between economic change and footballing development, the author always positions the sport within its changing global context. Given the difficulty of such an undertaking, Goldblatt has pulled the whole thing off with panache. Sometimes he overreaches himself, but these moments are fairly rare. Above all, this book poses so many questions that it should provide a stimulus for enthusiasts and students to look into different areas of the game, especially in terms of comparing national sporting traditions.

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