Summer Series: The Age of Football

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With Euros 2020 postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19, FSF has found a way to stay fĂștbologically engaged during June and July.

We are very pleased to announce a 5-part series featuring David Goldblatt and his massive new book, The Age of Football: The Global Game in the Twenty-first Century [UK edition here / US edition here].

In many ways, this book is a sequel to Goldblatt’s acclaimed The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football, which FSF discussed here and here. “David Goldblatt’s globe-trotting magnum opus about football is both jaundiced and idealistic about the sport,” Tobias Jones noted in his review of The Age of Football in The Times of London. “He admits in his introduction that the game nurtures ‘monomania, ignorance, atavistic loathing and mindless stupefaction’. But he also believes that, through its fans, football can be a place of ‘resistance to the intrusion and overweening importance of economic and political power’. It can, he suggests, ‘serve as a collective insistence that there are other moral logics and priorities in this world’.”

Goldblatt will join us for five 90-minute Zoom sessions focused on different chapters as per the schedule below:

  • Tuesday, June 9: Introduction and Chapter 1 (Africa)
  • Tuesday, June 16: Chapters 2-3 (Middle East; South America)
  • Tuesday, June 23: Chapter 4 (Europe)
  • Tuesday, June 30: Chapters 5-6 (Asia; North America/Caribbean)
  • Tuesday, July 7: Chapters 7-8 (FIFA; Russia) and Conclusion

All sessions begin promptly at 2pm US Eastern Time (7pm UK time).

There are a limited number of Zoom invitations available on a first-come, first-serve basis. RSVP to Peter Alegi (alegi AT msu DOT edu) or Alex Galarza (galarza DOT alex AT gmail DOT com) by June 8, 2020.