Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Spain, 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 (Google eBook)

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Nation Books, May 1, 2012 - Business & Economics - 448 pages
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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.

  

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Review: 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

User Review  - Joanie - Goodreads

I've been meaning to read this book for a little while now. It's likely that the World Cup looming in the not-so-distant-horizon is the push I needed. Afterall, it's good to brush up a bit on the ... Read full review

Review: 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

User Review  - DW - Goodreads

This is Moneyball + Freakonomics applied to soccer - a good book to read during the World Cup. Overall interesting, though I skimmed some of the math and models because it was making my eyes glaze ... Read full review

Contents

In Search of New Truths
1
Why England Loses and Others Win
7
The Clubs
45
Why Soccer Clubs
75
Does English Soccer Discriminate
97
Are Penalties
113
City Sizes and Soccer Prizes
133
Football Versus Football
157
Are Soccer Fans Polygamists?
203
Do People Jump Off Buildings
221
Why Hosting a World Cup
235
Countries
253
The Best Little Soccer
275
The Future Map of Global Soccer
291
Acknowledgments
307
Index
313

The Fans
179

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About the author (2012)

Simon Kuper is one of the world’s leading writers on soccer. His book Soccer Against the Enemy won the William Hill Prize for sports book of the year in Britain. He writes a weekly sports column in the Financial Times. He lives in Paris.

Stefan Szymanski is professor of economics and MBA Dean at Cass Business School in London. Tim Harford has called him “one of the world’s leading sports economists.” Szymanski lives in London.

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