Money and Football: A Soccernomics Guide (INTL ed): Why Chievo Verona, Unterhaching, and Scunthorpe United Will Never Win the Champions League, Why ... and Manchester United Cannot Be Stopped Paperback – 2 Jun 2015
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Football finance has become an increasingly important part of the beautiful game. Szymanski tackles every football fan s most burning questions with clarity and fun and pure brilliance. --JOHN HENRY, principal owner, Fenway Sports Group (parent company of Liverpool FC and the Boston
[Szymanski s] analysis and data are profound and this very comprehensive book gives a true insight into the continued success of the biggest clubs like blue chip stocks, the never-ending pursuit of glory by the minnows, and the chances of David beating Goliath. [Money and Football] illustrates why football continues to be the world s most popular participant and spectator sport attracting the world s richest men and armies of devoted followers. --GORDON TAYLOR, chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA)
About the Author
Stefan Szymanski is the Stephen J. Galetti Professor of Sport Management at the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology. He has written many books for both an academic and general audience, including the bestselling Soccernomics (co-authored with Simon Kuper) and Winners and Losers: The Business Strategy of Football. Tim Harford has called him, “one of the world’s leading sports economists.” He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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If I was being cynical I could say that it tells us something that we already know - the biggest clubs have the best chance of success and the clubs who spend more achieve the most success - but we get the economic theory behind it which fleshes the subject out.
Also would have preferred a more in-depth study in to what I would consider the most problematic area for football - player wages - but an interesting read nonetheless.