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Soccernomics : why England loses, why Germany and Brazil win, and why the US, Japan, Australia, Turkey-- and even Iraq-- are destined to become the kings of the world's most popular sport

by Kuper, Simon.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Crafton Public Library Adult - Non-Fiction 796.334 KUPER 2009 CRAFTON 1/10
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Non-Fiction 796.334 Kup
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Why do England lose? Why does Scotland suck? Why doesn't America dominate the sport internationally...and why do the Germans play with such an efficient but robotic style?

These are questions every soccer aficionado has asked. Soccernomics answers them.

Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology, and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works, Soccernomics reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer. An essential guide for the 2010 World Cup, Soccernomics is a new way of looking at the world's most popular game.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Call it Moneyball for soccer: journalist Kuper (Soccer against the Enemy, 2006) and economist Szymanski (Fans of the World, Unite! 2008) apply cold, hard facts to our commonly held beliefs about the beautiful game and tell us that everything we think we know is wrong. England's national team doesn't underachieve (if anything, given its size, location, and talent pool, it overachieves); paying big money for hot players isn't a good idea (usually, the players' exertions mean they'll underperform next year); and soccer clubs make terrible (though remarkably durable) businesses. Unlike Kuper's more sober Soccer against the Enemy, there's a teasing playfulness, almost braggadocio, here, as the authors burst bubble after bubble using the words, We have the data to answer this question. As they acknowledge, some fans will resist subjecting long-held emotional attachments to the cold light of statistical analysis. And some may argue their findings: just as Billy Beane's Oakland A's are coming off their third losing season, author-praised AC Milan is off to a terrible start. But whether analyzing the relationship of spending to winning or applying game theory to the penalty kick, the authors' delight in discovery proves both persuasive and contagious. It's a fascinating book with the potential to effect genuine change in the sport.--Graff, Keir Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Soccer -- Social aspects.
Publisher New York, NY :Nation Books,2009
Contributors Szymanski, Stefan, 1960-
Language English
Description viii, 328 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-212) and index.
ISBN 9781568584256 (alk. paper) :
1568584253 (alk. paper)
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