Net Gains: Inside the Beautiful Game's Analytics Revolution

Net Gains: Inside the Beautiful Game's Analytics Revolution

by Ryan O'Hanlon
Net Gains: Inside the Beautiful Game's Analytics Revolution

Net Gains: Inside the Beautiful Game's Analytics Revolution

by Ryan O'Hanlon


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An in-depth examination of the rise of analytics in soccer and the wild experiments unfolding around the world in the beautiful game

Net Gains: Inside the Beautiful Game’s Analytics Revolution takes readers on a tour across the world and throughout soccer history, introducing the many people who have attempted to shine a light onto and innovate a sport that, in many ways, is still stuck in the Dark Ages. This deep dive into the rise of analytics in soccer—a sport where tradition reigns supreme—shows how revolutionary tactics and underexplored metrics are breaking the beautiful game wide open.
By exploring how massive institutions built on billions of dollars can function for so long without any kind of introspection—and what happens when people from the outside attempt to question the status quo—author Ryan O'Hanlon, staff writer at ESPN, shows how time and again experts, managers, coaches, players, and fans feel they know the best approach for any given team or player, and yet get undermined by the complexity of the game—and human behavior. 
To tell this globe-trekking story, O'Hanlon takes readers inside the front offices and analytics departments of the top professional leagues’ most cutting-edge clubs and profiles a misfit cast of number-crunchers, behavioral economists, tech insiders, and managers all working to move beyond the philosophical side of soccer and uncover the hard truths behind possession, goals, and developing talent. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647005559
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 10/18/2022
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 861,682
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ryan O'Hanlon is a staff writer at ESPN and host of the podcast "Infinite Football." He has contributed to FiveThirtyEight, the New York Times, and GQ, among other publications. His twice-weekly newsletter, No Grass in the Clouds, examines the unknown, analytical side of soccer. He previously served as a senior editor at the Ringer.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Challenge of Big Data 13

Chapter 2 Dunks Only 41

Chapter 3 Mythical Finishing 61

Chapter 4 The Money Way 69

Chapter 5 A Passing Fad 93

Chapter 6 Set Pieces 117

Chapter 7 Big Ted 141

Chapter 8 The Middle Field 173

Chapter 9 The Modern Manager 207

Chapter 10 Post-Moneyball 227

Acknowledgments 255

Sources 257

Index 259

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