7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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This review is from: The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong (Paperback)
This is a fine addition to the sports analytics library - an intelligent, well researched, well written and very readable book that does a really good job of looking at football in a scientific way.
Don't be put off by the title, the book is very accessible and much more along the lines of Moneyball (of course), Freakonomics or the work of Malcolm Gladwell than a bunch of statistics and equations. It's really well organised, looking at both off- and on- the pitch parts of the game and analysing both what matters and what doesn't.
The book pulls in many examples of social science thinking which are both interesting in themselves and allow the authors to produce reasoned theories about how football works, and how it should work. But I never felt that they claimed too much - they acknowledge this book is just the tip of the iceberg and in future years better data will allow deeper analysis and further insights, perhaps in time for the follow up book...
Well worth your time.