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

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Soccernomics pioneers a new way of looking at soccer through meticulous, empirical analysis and incisive, witty commentary. The San Francisco Chronicle describes it as ?the most intelligent book ever written about soccer.? This World Cup edition features new material, including a provocative examination ...

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Overview


INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER

Named one of the “Best Books of the Year” by Guardian, Slate, Financial Times, Independent (UK), and Bloomberg News

Soccernomics pioneers a new way of looking at soccer through meticulous, empirical analysis and incisive, witty commentary. The San Francisco Chronicle describes it as “the most intelligent book ever written about soccer.” This World Cup edition features new material, including a provocative examination of how soccer clubs might actually start making profits, why that’s undesirable, and how soccer’s never had it so good.

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In worldwide popularity, no other sport can match soccer: An estimated three billion people follow the sport. Americans are finally catching up: More than 24 million viewers watched the last World Cup on TV and pundits predict that number will rise with this year's championship. U.S. fans are understandably eager to learn what the rest of the world already seems to know about the sport. Soccernomics, now in its third edition, provides a scenic short cut to accomplish that feat, answering all those questions you were too embarrassed to ask: Why does England never win? Do penalties really make a difference? Will the U.S. ever dominate? (Hand-selling tip: You can't beat the author combo: Financial Times soccer journalist Simon Kuper authored Soccer Against the Enemy, which a British periodical named "Best Soccer Book of All Time," and Winners and Losers author Stefan Szymanski is regarded as Britain's foremost sports economist.)

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“Since the publication of the first edition of Soccernomics there have been several attempts to copy its content. Yet few authors in the world of soccer writing can tell a human story like Simon Kuper, and even fewer academics can write an understandable narrative with numbers like Stefan Szymanski. Together the two men raise the bar again, bringing new insights to an already great body of work that is accessible and interesting to the quant and casual reader alike… I highly recommend you pick it up for yourself, even if you have already read the first edition. You will not be disappointed.”
—Zach Slaton, Forbes (online)

“[Q]uite an entertaining read.”
—Simply Futbol

“[W]onderful book.”
—Pro Soccer Talk (NBC Sports blog)

Soccernomics… remains essential reading for anyone seeking an analytical take on the game.”
—Keeping Score (TIME Soccer Blog)

Soccernomics is the most intelligent book ever written about soccer.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Many explanations [of England’s poor form] can be found in the book Soccernomics in a segment entitled “Why England Loses.” (This is well worth a read for any English football fan; essentially, you overvalue your football heritage and undervalue the benefits of innovation.)”
—Stephen J. Dubner, co-author Freakonomics on the Freakonomics blog

“Fascinating.”
—VanityFair.com

“The authors take what ‘everybody’ knows about success and failure in soccer and subject it to rigorous empirical analysis embedded in good stories that carry the narrative along…Highly recommended. All readers.”
Choice

Soccernomics [is] a sharply written and provocative examination of the world’s game seen through the prism of economics and statistical data. It demolishes almost everything that most soccer fans believe about the game and how professional soccer teams should operate.”
—Globe & Mail (Canada)

"Oh, Rooney's the best. [My son] Ben thinks that England might be in the top four, but that's it. He knows the starting line up of every European team. We're reading this very interesting book about football together, you know Soccernomics."
—Lorrie Moore, author of A Gate at the Stairs and Birds of America

“With Soccernomics, the FT’s indispensable Simon Kuper and top-flight sports economist Stefan Szymanski bring scrupulous economic analysis and statistical rigor to a sport long dependent on hoary – and, it seems, unfounded – assumptions…Gripping and essential.”
—Slate.com, Best Books of 2009

“[The book] is a sporting tale in the Freakonomics mode of inquiry, using statistics to come up with fascinating conclusions.”
Independent (UK), Best Books of 2009

“[Szymanski and Kuper] entertainingly demolish soccer shibboleths…Well argued and clear headed.”
Financial Times, Best Books of 2009

“Using data analysis, history and psychology, [Soccernomics] punctures dozens of clichés about what it takes to win, and who makes money in soccer – and in sports in general.”
—Associated Press

“[Kuper and Szymanksi] do for soccer what Moneyball did for baseball—put the game under an analytical microscope using statistics, economics, psychology and intuition to try to transform a dogmatic sport.”
New York Times

“[A] must read for any fan of the business of soccer…”
—Footiebusiness.com

Soccernomics tackles the soccer world’s most probing questions with a dispassionate analysis based on economic formulas, which separate fact from accepted-as-fact myths perpetuated by legions of fans.”
—Forbes.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568584812
  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 99,225
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Simon Kuper is one of the world’s leading writers on soccer. The winner of the William Hill Prize for sports book of the year in Britain, Kuper writes a weekly column for the Financial Times. He lives in Paris, France. Stefan Szymanski is the Stephen J. Galetti Collegiate Professor of Sport Management at the University of Michigan’s School of Kinesiology Tim Harford has called him “one of the world’s leading sports economists.” He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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