David Goldblatt (London, United Kingdom)

author of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football, and Visiting Professor of Politics at Pitzer College

David Goldblatt was born In London and now lives in Bristol and shares his affections with Tottenham Hotspurs and Bristol Rovers. In 2006 He published The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football, described in the Independert as, “the book on the history of football, there is unlikely to be the need for another. Covering every aspect of the world game…it is beautifully written.”

In 2014 he is publishing Futebol Nation: A Footballing History of Brazil and Game of Our Lives: English Football since Hillsborough, both with Penguin Books.  In between he made documentaries for BBC radio on subjects ranging from Senegalese wrestling, to the economics of baseball in the Dominican Republic;  written widely on the politics of sport for Prospect, The Guardian and the TLS; and taught in a variety of universities, most recently as Visiting Professor at Pitzer College, Los Angeles.