David Goldblatt, The Guardian

David Goldblatt

The Guardian

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Past articles by David:

Yes, elite football is a plaything of global wealth. But it could be part of another, better England

A new US television deal enriches the Premier League further still. Will the game remain insulated from wider society, or help reshape it? → Read More

Abramovich is but one in a long list of tainted owners. Is there no end to sportswashing?

Football continues to offer so many ways to embellish the ugliest political realities → Read More

Sport must accept its role in the climate crisis and change its game

The industry’s response to climate change faces a series of problems – now, at COP26, it must resolve them → Read More

The Saudi takeover of Newcastle United is a symptom of England’s political failures

We shouldn’t single out football fans: the country has long since made its peace with the power of capital, whatever its origins, says football writer David Goldblatt → Read More

After Tokyo, we should bring the Olympic charade to an end

The travelling circus shows the ugly side of sport – displacing citizens, bullying athletes and endorsing cruel regimes, says journalist and author David Goldblatt → Read More

This England team have changed the conversation – but can we change ourselves?

For a month we have felt what collective action can make possible, what it really feels like to be ‘we’ not ‘me’, says author David Goldblatt → Read More

The Euros haven’t started, but Hungary’s Viktor Orbán is already a winner

The far-Right Fidesz government has invested heavily in football to consolidate its power. But is change on the way? → Read More

English football fans point the way to change

The proposed reform of club ownership is an opportunity for a wider debate about society, so let’s make the most of it → Read More

The greed of the European Super League has been decades in the making

The time for compromise is over. We must wrest football back from the coterie of billionaires who have deformed it, says football writer David Goldblatt → Read More

Football and the climate crisis – Football Weekly special

Max Rushden and Barry Glendenning are joined for a football and climate change special edition by David Goldblatt – author of The Age of Football – the global game in the 21st century, Ollie Hayes of the Sustainababble podcast and Global Action Plan, and Dale Vince, founder of Ecotricity and chairman of Forest Green Rovers, recognised by Fifa and the UN as the world’s greenest club → Read More

From the archives: The prison where murderers play for Manchester United – podcast

From the archives: Luzira was once the most notorious prison in Uganda. Now it’s home to what is surely the world’s most elaborate prison football league – and a model for the transformative power of the beautiful game. → Read More

The climate crisis is hitting football – but the global game has time to take action

The sport can lead the way in taking radical steps to create a carbon-neutral world, says football writer David Goldblatt → Read More

David Goldblatt: ‘What is a football club? Its supporters’

Fans’ collective web of stories, memories and identities is what makes the game matter → Read More

Tiny Bury was a victim of the global forces draining the life out of football

The club’s demise shows how comprehensively the game has been hijacked from the fans → Read More

Football’s super-rich play the game by their own rules

The Football Leaks revelations show how little the views of fans and regulators matter → Read More

When the arena of play blurs with the arena of politics

A team's adventure at the World Cup can reflect and even transform politics at home. → Read More

An alternative nation

In the era of Brexit, the success of a young, diverse team at the World Cup points to a more hopeful England. → Read More

A World Cup of defeats

Stories nations tell themselves to understand their losses in the World Cup are more illuminating than tales of triumph. → Read More

Football, the craziness and the world

As the World Cup delivers triumph and tragedy on the field, it's impossible to keep the politics from trickling in. → Read More

The politics behind the pageantry of the World Cup

As the World Cup kicks off in Russia, it is clear that football everywhere has become deeply political. → Read More