The Age of Football: Soccer and the 21st Century (Paperback)
A monumental exploration of soccer and society in our time—by its preeminent historian.
The Age of Football proves that whether you call it football or soccer, you can’t make sense of the modern world without understanding its most popular sport. With breathtaking scope and an unparalleled knowledge of the game, David Goldblatt—author of the best-selling The Ball Is Round—charts soccer’s global cultural ascent, economic transformation, and deep politicization.
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, best-selling coauthor of Soccernomics
— Barney Ronay - Guardian
A globe-trotting magnum opus.
— Tobias Jones - Sunday Times
Essential reading not just for fans of the sport, but also for students of geopolitics.
— Kirkus (starred review)
Next time people tell you politics has no place in football, tell them to read David Goldblatt’s The Age of Football.
— Cas Mudde, University of Georgia
[Goldblatt] writes about soccer with the expansive eye of a social and cultural critic.
— David Runciman - Wall Street Journal