David Goldblatt is a writer, academic and journalist. He was born in London in 1965 and, for his sins, inherited Tottenham Hotspur from his father and grandfather. In 2006 he published 'The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football', and has been in the same groove ever since. In 2014 he published 'Futebol Nation: A Football History of Brazil' and 'The Game of Our Lives: The Making and Meaning of English Football', in 2016 'The Games: A Global History of the Olympics' and in 2019 'The Age of Football: The Global Game in the Twenty-First Century'. He teaches at Pitzer College, Los Angeles, is currently working and campaigning for a carbon-zero football world, and lives in Bristol, where both Rovers and City continue to elude success. He tweets at @davidsgoldblatt.
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