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

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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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ONe more proof that you can't make science out of economy LOL....just read the book - check out their predicitve algorithm for FIFA World Cup 2010 and enjoy the games....we are half way through the tournament and their analysis has been proven pretty much worthless.....France first in the Group A? Italy top of the group with 3 wins?? Slovenia bottom of group C??? It goes on and on....
Sorry guys...no matter how hard you try, you can't fit your theory here....
 

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This book will change your view of sports and your feelings about being a fan.

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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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