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Soccernomics by [Kuper, Simon, Szymanski, Stefan]
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"Since the publication of the first edition of "Soccernomics" there have been several attempts to copy its content. Yet few authors in the world of soccer writing can tell a human story like Simon Kuper, and even fewer academics can write an understandable narrative with numbers like Stefan Szymanski. Together the two men raise the bar again, bringing new insights to an already great body of work that is accessible and interesting to the quant and casual reader alike... I highly recommend you pick it up for yourself, even if you have already read the first edition. You will not be disappointed."
--Zach Slaton, "Forbes" (online)
"[Q]uite an entertaining read."
--Simply Futbol
"[W]onderful book."
--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"
"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
"Fascinating."
--VanityFair.com
"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."
--"Choice"
""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"
"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 cliches about what it takes to win, and who makes money in soccer - and in sports in general."
--Associated Press
"[Kuper and Szymanksi] do for soccer what Moneyball did for baseball--put 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..."
--Footiebusiness.com
""Soccernomics" tackles the soccer world's most probing questions with a dispassionate analysis based on economic formulas, which separate fact from accepted-as-fact myths perpetuated by legions of fans."
--Forbes.com


Since the publication of the first edition of "Soccernomics" there have been several attempts to copy its content. Yet few authors in the world of soccer writing can tell a human story like Simon Kuper, and even fewer academics can write an understandable narrative with numbers like Stefan Szymanski. Together the two men raise the bar again, bringing new insights to an already great body of work that is accessible and interesting to the quant and casual reader alike I highly recommend you pick it up for yourself, even if you have already read the first edition. You will not be disappointed.
Zach Slaton, "Forbes" (online)
[Q]uite an entertaining read.
Simply Futbol
[W]onderful book.
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"
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
Fascinating.
VanityFair.com
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 alongHighly recommended. All readers.
"Choice"
"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"
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 assumptionsGripping 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 shibbolethsWell argued and clear headed.
"Financial Times," Best Books of 2009
Using data analysis, history and psychology, ["Soccernomics"] punctures dozens of cliches about what it takes to win, and who makes money in soccer and in sports in general.
Associated Press
[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
Footiebusiness.com
"Soccernomics" tackles the soccer world s most probing questions with a dispassionate analysis based on economic formulas, which separate fact from accepted-as-fact myths perpetuated by legions of fans.
Forbes.com
"

Since the publication of the first edition of Soccernomics there have been several attempts to copy its content. Yet few authors in the world of soccer writing can tell a human story like Simon Kuper, and even fewer academics can write an understandable narrative with numbers like Stefan Szymanski. Together the two men raise the bar again, bringing new insights to an already great body of work that is accessible and interesting to the quant and casual reader alike I highly recommend you pick it up for yourself, even if you have already read the first edition. You will not be disappointed.
Zach Slaton, Forbes (online)
[Q]uite an entertaining read.
Simply Futbol
[W]onderful book.
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
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
Fascinating.
VanityFair.com
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 alongHighly recommended. All readers.
Choice
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
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 assumptionsGripping 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 shibbolethsWell argued and clear headed.
Financial Times, Best Books of 2009
Using data analysis, history and psychology, [Soccernomics] punctures dozens of cliches about what it takes to win, and who makes money in soccer and in sports in general.
Associated Press
[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
Footiebusiness.com
Soccernomics tackles the soccer world s most probing questions with a dispassionate analysis based on economic formulas, which separate fact from accepted-as-fact myths perpetuated by legions of fans.
Forbes.com
"

"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

"Fascinating."
--VanityFair.com

"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."
--Choice

"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



"Since the publication of the first edition of Soccernomics there have been several attempts to copy its content. Yet few authors in the world of soccer writing can tell a human story like Simon Kuper, and even fewer academics can write an understandable narrative with numbers like Stefan Szymanski. Together the two men raise the bar again, bringing new insights to an already great body of work that is accessible and interesting to the quant and casual reader alike... I highly recommend you pick it up for yourself, even if you have already read the first edition. You will not be disappointed."
--Zach Slaton, Forbes (online)

"[Q]uite an entertaining read."
--Simply Futbol

"[W]onderful book."
--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 cliches about what it takes to win, and who makes money in soccer - and in sports in general."
--Associated Press

"[Kuper and Szymanksi] do for soccer what Moneyball did for baseball--put 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..."
--Footiebusiness.com

From the Back Cover

‘Compulsive reading’
Daily Telegraph

Does hosting a sports tournament make people happier?
Which country has the most passionate fans?
Is English football racist?
Can football really save lives?

Football truly is the world game, followed in over 200 countries by hundreds of millions of people who each pour their heart and soul into supporting their team every week.

But now an economist and sportswriter have joined forces to bypass the heart and soul and apply their heads to the game, testing the received wisdom and challenging the assumptions of a sport that is quite literally a matter of life and death for some. Forget what you know about football and prepare to question every aspect of the culture surrounding the Beautiful Game.

Soccernomics is the fully revised and updated edition of Why England Lose, with new chapters on football finances and the rise of Spain as the pre-eminent team of our times. Using hard fact and statistics to cut through emotive cliché and outmoded thinking, Soccernomics not only sheds light upon football, it illuminates much about the world we live in now.

‘Takes the breath away’
FourFourTwo

‘More thoughtful than most of its rivals and, by football standards, positively intellectual.’
The Times

‘Freakonomics for football’
Guardian


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3571 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: HarperSport (24 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007586523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007586523
  • ASIN: B006PVZ3LE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 93 customer reviews
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