For Simon Kuper's Football Against the Enemy:
"A terrific book, deftly written" Guardian
"Another great work on soccer … effervescent and hilarious" Independent
Simon Kuper's first book, Football Against the Enemy, won the 1994 William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize and is widely acknowledged as one of football's seminal books. Simon writes a weekly sports column in the Financial Times and has previously written football columns for The Times and The Observer. Stefan Szymanski is Professor of Economics and MBA Dean at Cass Business School in London. Stefan has a global reputation and has acted as a consultant to government and to major sports organisations such as the FIA (motor sport), UEFA (football) and the ICC (cricket).
If you like football ("soccer"), you'll love this book! Using data and statistical analysis, the authors explain why England lose (and in fact have still been doing better... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Dr Dombo
Two types of books seem to have seriously escalated in popularity over the last few years. The first type is the footballer’s biographies, which can range from the excellent to the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear
A far better book than Inverting the Pyramid, this is as close to being the "moneyball" of football I've come across.Published 11 months ago by sam_acw
A fascinating read which disproves a large number of assumptions football fans make.
A reader with a basic knowledge of statistics would probably enjoy it more - each... Read more
Bought this for my daughter, who is studying Sport Science. But both me and my wife have been fascinated by the stories and theories, some of which even have real-life value. Read morePublished on 12 May 2013 by Tom in Malvern
Simon and Stefan's book is an entertaining book, and it tries to answer a question that really started on 14th June 1970. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2013 by Amazon Customer
Interesting, but here and there some weird conclusions that does not always seem to be backed by data. Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2013 by Simon Bager
Maybe it's a bit contrived as an idea, but it's still a really well-executed and well-researched book, and it makes for a good, surprisingly accessible read (on the whole - some... Read morePublished on 13 Jun. 2012 by DCollins77