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The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer
The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer
The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer
The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer

The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer

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Galleon Product ID 87688
UPC / ISBN 884234979079 / 1594482969
Shipping Weight 2.1 lbs
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Binding: Paperback
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Manufacturer Riverhead Books
Shipping Dimension 8.9 x 5.91 x 1.69 inches
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Author David Goldblatt
Brand Riverhead Books
Edition 1St Edition
Number Of Pages 992
Package Quantity 1
Publication Date 2008-01-02
Release Date 2008-01-02
UPC 884234979079
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About The Ball Is Round: A Global History Of Soccer

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. Questions for David Goldblatt Amazon.com: There's a sentence in the middle of The Ball Is Round that to me sums up a great deal of the culture of football. After noting that Pelé had scored nearly a goal a game in over 1,300 professional matches--the sort of stat that would be on every page in a history of one of the major American sports but that is very rare in this one--you write, "This of course tells us nothing about all the goals he made." What stories do football fans tell about their sport and their stars? Goldblatt: Well, in America not only would you be banging on about Pele's goal to game ratio but you would have been collecting statistics in a rational organized manner about his assists--a concept that had only entered soccer statistics in the last few years. The state of Brazilian football statistics during Pelé's career would not pass muster in Cooperstown in can tell you. Bill James would have a nervous breakdown with