In November of 2013, David Goldblatt, author of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer, presented “Copa de Manifestações: Brazilian Politics, Football, and the 2014 World Cup” at the Forum for Scholars and Publics.
While Goldblatt was visiting FSP, he shared a few stories with us about corruption in FIFA and OIC, rivalry games and riots, and what to expect in Brazil during the forthcoming 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics.
Read a Storify highlighting the best Tweets from Goldblatt’s talk: http://storify.com/Scholarspublics/brazilian-politics-football-and-the-2014-world-cup
Read more on Goldblatt:
DukeToday covers Goldblatt’s talk
Goldblatt in The Guardian: Brazil’s football violence is a symptom of a collapsed justice system
Goldblatt on “The Football Scholars Forum:”
Part 1: http://scholars.footy-forum.net/audio/Goldblatt.mp3
Part 2: http://scholars.footy-forum.net/audio/FSFGoldblatt2.mp3
Sports Writer and Journalist
David Goldblatt is a sports writer, broadcaster, and journalist. He is the author of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Football (Penguin, 2006), the definitive historical account of the world’s game. He has also written the World Football Yearbook (Dorling Kindersley, 2002). He has written for newspapers including the Guardian, the Observer, the Financial Times, and The Independent on Sunday, as well as for magazines such as the New Statesman and the New Left Review. He has also taught the sociology of sport at the University of Bristol and has run literacy programmes at both Bristol City and Bristol Rovers football clubs, as well as teaching sport, film, and media at the Watershed arts cinema, also in Bristol.