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

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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By (author) Simon Kuper

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  • Publisher: Nation Books
  • Format: Paperback | 464 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 208mm x 33mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 22 April 2014
  • ISBN 10: 1568584814
  • ISBN 13: 9781568584812
  • Edition: 3
  • Edition statement: Revised.
  • Sales rank: 100,313

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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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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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"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 s