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Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain, Germany, and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australiaand Even IraqAre Destined to Become the Kings of the Worlds Most Popular Sport Paperback – April 22, 2014
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Many explanations [of England's poor form] can be found in the book Soccernomics in a segment entitled Why England Loses.” (This is well worth a read for any English football fan; essentially, you overvalue your football heritage and undervalue the benefits of innovation.)”
Stephen J. Dubner, co-author Freakonomics on the Freakonomics blog
The authors take what everybody' knows about success and failure in soccer and subject it to rigorous empirical analysis embedded in good stories that carry the narrative along Highly recommended. All readers.”
Soccernomics [is] a sharply written and provocative examination of the world's game seen through the prism of economics and statistical data. It demolishes almost everything that most soccer fans believe about the game and how professional soccer teams should operate.”
Globe & Mail (Canada)
"Oh, Rooney's the best. [My son] Ben thinks that England might be in the top four, but that's it. He knows the starting line up of every European team. We're reading this very interesting book about football together, you know Soccernomics."
Lorrie Moore, author of A Gate at the Stairs and Birds of America
Zach Slaton, Forbes (online)
[Q]uite an entertaining read.”
Pro Soccer Talk (NBC Sports blog)
Soccernomics remains essential reading for anyone seeking an analytical take on the game.”
Keeping Score (TIME Soccer Blog)
Soccernomics is the most intelligent book ever written about soccer.”
San Francisco Chronicle
With Soccernomics, the FT's indispensable Simon Kuper and top-flight sports economist Stefan Szymanski bring scrupulous economic analysis and statistical rigor to a sport long dependent on hoary and, it seems, unfounded assumptions Gripping and essential.”
Slate.com, Best Books of 2009
[The book] is a sporting tale in the Freakonomics mode of inquiry, using statistics to come up with fascinating conclusions.”
Independent (UK), Best Books of 2009
[Szymanski and Kuper] entertainingly demolish soccer shibboleths Well argued and clear headed.”
Financial Times, Best Books of 2009
Using data analysis, history and psychology, [Soccernomics] punctures dozens of clichés about what it takes to win, and who makes money in soccer and in sports in general.”
[Kuper and Szymanksi] do for soccer what Moneyball did for baseballput the game under an analytical microscope using statistics, economics, psychology and intuition to try to transform a dogmatic sport.”
New York Times
[A] must read for any fan of the business of soccer ”
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Could not let it go until I finished it and the "wow" feeling is still hanging around my head.
At first glance, it might seem that it's just a book about analysing data, but as you step further and further, things just go on, becoming even more interesting as you turn the pages.
Who's the best coach in history? The country most passionate about football? How to score in a penalty shoot out...?
All these questions are answered, or at least are presented in a way that it should give a wider view of things, and not only that, but through out the text are interesting facts intertwined with analyses and studies. And this done beautifully.
I HIGHLY recommend it to people that love "soccer". Give it a chance and you might feel marveled by it!
It also uses statistics to reveal the social unity that soccer fosters. I was very moved by the chapter that focuses on suicide and fandom (and club loyalty at large).
Please do not be scared away by the word "statistics". I hate math as much if not more than anyone. This book is extremely accessible to the average reader, but still deep enough to pique intellectual curiosity.
In short, Soccernomics is an absolute must-read if you are a soccer fan, period.
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Fun on why England are better than the English think.
Soccernomics is an amazing book with highs and lows, highs in some pretty interesting claims looking at transfers, club & national team performance, FFS,...Read more