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. Soccer nomics answers them. Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology, and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works, Soccer nomics reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer. An essential guide for the 2010 World Cup, Soccer nomics 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 SportUser Review - Bethany - Goodreads
Originally found on my book blog! This was the best possible book to read before the World Cup because it focuses more on countries as national teams as a whole more than individual teams. There was a ... 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 SportUser 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