Offers an enlightening, enriching experience. It is based on a formidable range of sources, personal observation and a pleasingly sardonic turn of phrase. Not all football writers know their stuff, let alone the socio-economic context, but Goldblatt does. Altogether this is an exceptional book (David Kynaston Guardian
Brilliantly incisive. Goldblatt is not merely the best football historian writing today, he is possibly the best there has ever been. Goldblatt's book could hardly be more impressive (Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times
Not just the best soccer book in many years but an exemplary account of the changing character of British society in the post-Thatcher era (David Runciman Wall Street Journal
About the Author
David Goldblatt is the author of The Ball Is Round: A Global History of Football
(Penguin, 2007), the definitive historical account of the world's game, and of Futebol Nation
(Penguin, 2014), a highly acclaimed footballing history of Brazil. For a number of years he wrote a sports column in Prospect
magazine and has made a number of documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and for the World Service, including ones on football in Jerusalem and the politics of the game in Kenya. He has also taught the sociology of sport at the University of Bristol, at De Montfort University, Leicester, and at Pitzer College, Los Angeles. He lives in Bristol.