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Ball Is Round A Global History of Soccer

ISBN-10: 1594482969
ISBN-13: 9781594482960
Edition: 2008
Authors: David Goldblatt
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 992
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

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.

Foreword to the American Edition
Introduction: Life and Death, Love and Money
Ancients and Moderns: Football and the Invention of Modern from the Beginning to 1914
Chasing Shadows: The Prehistory of Football
The Simplest Game: Britain and the Invention of Modern Football
An Altogether More Splendid Life: Industrial Football and Working-class Britain, 1888-1914
The People's Game: Football, Empire and Industry, 1870-1934
Perfidious Albion: The Resistible Rise of Global Football
The Great Game and the Informal Empire: The International Spread of Football, 1870-1914
Pay Up, Pay Up and Play the Game: The Commercialization of Global Football, 1914-1934
The Rules of the Game: International Football and International Politics, 1900-1934
The Beautiful Game: Football's Short Twentieth Century, 1934-1974
The Road to El Dorado: Latin American Football, 1935-1954
Games of Life, Games of Death: European Football in War and Peace, 1934-1954
Demons and Angels: Latin American Football? 1955-1974
The Glamour and the Glory: High Industrial Football in Europe, 1955-1974
We Can Show Them Who is Really Superior: Football in Africa, 1900-1974
Things Fall Apart: Football after the Long Boom, 1974-1990
The World Turned Upside Down: Joao Havelange, FIFA and the Transformation of Global Football
If This is Football, Let It Die: The European Crisis, 1974-1990
Military Manouvers: Football under the Latin American Generals, 1974-1990
Football and the Belly: Africa, 1974-1990
The Only Game: Football and the End of History, 1990-2006
Football through the Looking-Glass: Europe, 1990-2006
The Crisis Will be Televised; Football in the Americas, 1990-2006
Accelerated Development: Football and Asia's New Industrial Revolution
Small Mercies: Football in Africa after the Cold War, 1990-2006
Conclusion: The Game at the End of the World
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Index

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