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.
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
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 alongHighly recommended. All readers.
"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 assumptionsGripping 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 shibbolethsWell argued and clear headed.
"Financial Times," Best Books of 2009
Using data analysis, history and psychology, ["Soccernomics"] punctures dozens of cliches about what it takes to win, and who makes money in soccer and in sports in general.
[Kuper and Szymanksi] do for soccer what Moneyball did for baseballput 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
"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.