Whether you call it football or soccer, you can’t understand it without understanding the modern world — and you can’t understand the modern world without understanding its most popular sport. Join host David Goldblatt for conversations about politics, culture, economics, immigration, religion, cinema — and of course, some all-time favorite goals.
host david goldblatt
David Goldblatt is a sociologist, journalist, and author. He is best known for his books The Game of Our Lives: The Meaning and Making of English Football and The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football, a definitive social, political, and sporting history of the global game.
Goldblatt has covered sports for The Guardian, The Observer, Financial Times, and many more. He taught sociology of sport at Pitzer College.
In The Sunday Times, Dominic Sandbrook wrote: “David Goldblatt is not merely the best football historian writing today, he is possibly the best there has ever been.”
He was born in London in 1965 and, for his sins, inherited Tottenham Hotspur from his father. For the past fifteen years he’s lived in Bristol and has since acquired Bristol Rovers.
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