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Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even India--Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport

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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 ...

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Overview


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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LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2009

Daily Telegraph
"If you're a football fan, I'll save you some time: read this book ... compulsive reading ... thoroughly convincing."

Observer
"Szymanksi has recently published the best introduction to sports economics ... while Kuper is probably the smartest of the new generation of super-smart sportswriters ... fascinating stories."

Metro
"[Kuper and Szymanski] basically trash every cliché about football you ever held to be true. It's bravura stuff … the study of managers buying players and building a club is one you’ll feel like photocopying and sending to your team's chairman"

Paddy Harverson, former communications director of Manchester United, Financial Times
"Demolishes ... many soccer shibboleths ... well argued, too. Szymanski, an economist, knows his stuff, and Kuper, a born contrarian and FT sports writer, is incapable of cliché ... great stories and previously unknown nuggets."

Sport Magazine
"One for the thinkers"

The Times
"More thoughtful than most of its rivals and, by football standards, postively intellectual ... Kuper, a brilliantly contrary columnist, and Szymanski, an economics professor ... find plenty of fertile territory in their commendable determination to overturn the lazy preconceptions rife in football."

Prospect
"Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski are a highly effective and scrupulously rational team, combining the former's detailed and nuanced understanding of European football with the latter's sophisticated econometric analysis. With a remarkable lightness of touch, they desmonstrate the limits of conventional thinking in football, as well as the real patterns of behaviour that shape sporting outcomes."

Library Journal
Small book, big wallop! This econometric look at the world's most popular sport is worth the price and the effort it can take to plough through the numbers here to understand why some soccer clubs succeed where others fail as Parisian Kuper and Londoner Szymanski take an in-depth look at soccer and its impact on the nations where the sport is next to religion, as well as its smaller following in the United States. From an initial chapter on England's soccer misfortunes to a comparison between club soccer and the NFL, the authors use statistics to reveal truly fascinating insights into soccer, the men (mostly) who play it, and the behind-the-scenes business of soccer—although the authors conclude soccer is not big business. In fact, they call soccer "the worst business in the world." Although necessarily tied down by the numbers game, the text is fast paced and often humorous, with a strong air of sarcasm that will delight readers. VERDICT Enthusiastically recommended to all soccer fans, general and specialized, as well as those thinking of becoming one.—Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., AL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568584256
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author


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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2009

    Very informative!

    This book does an incredible job of blending the popularity of soccer with the nerdy aspects of it. The authors are not afraid to get down to the nitty-gritty numbers which support their views. Furthermore, the authors superbly illustrate the true global reach of soccer, as well as the fierce devotion displayed by its fans. The book also features an entire chapter called "Football Versus Football" which addresses that neverending debate. Overall, the book is extremely interesting and I highly recommend it for anybody interested in the minutia of soccer or just soccer in general.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

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    Eye-opening and intriguing

    I've only read the first chapter of this eye-opening book ("Why England Loses and Others Win") and have to say it's a blast. If you enjoyed Freakonomics and Moneyball (and you care about soccer) you'll enjoy Soccernomics -- it's those two books (with soccer, of course, substituting for baseball) blended into one. Quite intriguing.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Funny, entertaining and well-written.

    The book was a big surprise for me in the good way. Well documented and easy-reading, everyone who likes soccer must read this incredible piece of non conventional wisdom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Worst book ever!

    This book is horrible.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    :)

    I love this book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

    its a lie

    first of all im italian and its all wrong. it should be why italy and brazil france and argentina win and that slovakia holland germany are destined to be world champions too.

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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