DAVID GOLDBLATT doesn’t write small books, his doorstopper, The Ball is Round is arguably the great football tome of our times, a comprehensive, academic-yet-accessible tale of the great game. His latest, The Age of Football, brings the story up to date and highlights the precarious nature of the modern game. But it is another excellent, hard-hitting and insightful book that leaves you wondering where football will go next. With politics, money and corporates now firmly embedded in the game, from the very top to the bottom, the journey from the people’s pastime to the oligarch’s plaything makes for a slightly depressing read. Indeed, Goldblatt’s own persuasions may be laid before us, but nobody writes more objectively about football. As always, his chapters read like…