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Outside the Box : A Statistical Journey through the History of Football

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In football, numbers are everywhere. From touches in the opposition box to expected goals, clear-cut chances to win-loss ratios. In the modern game, these numbers help provide the narrative, the drama, and the conversation. They are scrutinised in order to justify results and to predict future outcomes. They even dictate transfer policy and drive clubs to achieve the impossible. But when did the numbers become so important and what do they mean? In Outside the Box, Duncan Alexander looks back at twenty-five years of the Premier League and beyond, uncovering the hidden truths and accepted myths that surround the game. Using the archives of OptaJoe and never-before-seen data, we discover why Liverpool have gone 27 years without winning a league title and why Lionel Messi is the best player in the game's history. Or is he? Insightful, wry, and hugely entertaining, Outside the Box is an enlightening and accessible account of football across the decades, analysing data from the some of the greatest seasons, players, teams and managers.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 144 x 222 x 32mm | 494g
  • Cornerstone
  • CENTURY
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780895615
  • 9781780895611
  • 103,891

About Duncan Alexander

Duncan Alexander is the co-founder of the OptaJoe Twitter account, one of Britain's top football statisticians and commentators who has almost 1m followers. He live tweets during games with his trademark blend of incisive analysis and droll humour. He works for Perform, one of the world's leading digital sports content and media companies. His first book, OptaJoe's Football Yearbook was published in 2016. Follow Duncan on Twitter @OptaJoe and @oilysailor.show more

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"Duncan Alexander delivers his now trademark blend of dry humour and statistical insight in a format that works well." -- Adam Bate * Sky Sports * "I cannot recommend this book highly enough, it is one of the best books I have read this year or indeed any year" * By The Minute * "Freakonomics for football, and it's great fun" * Sunday Sport * "An enjoyable and entertaining read. ****" * Four Four Two * "Plenty of statistical gems to keep fact-collectors out of mischief for months . . . an enjoyable and entertaining read" * FourFourTwo *show more

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"Plenty of statistical gems to keep fact-collectors out of mischief for months . . . an enjoyable and entertaining read"show more

Back cover copy

The only stat that counts is . . . all of them. From the famous to the forgotten, from Upson to Downing, from Pele to Mal Donaghy, Outside the Box goes deep into the folds of the game. On Diego Maradona Maradona was fouled 152 times in 21 appearances in the World Cup, an average of more than seven times per game. Targeted. On Earning your Colours England has now had four successive league champions who don’t wear red, the longest such spell since 1958-1963 On Throw-ins Joe Hart took three throw-ins for Manchester City in their title-winning game vs Queen’s Park Rangers in 2012, a record for a goalkeepershow more

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In football, numbers are everywhere. From touches in the opposition box to expected goals, clear-cut chances to win-loss ratios. In the modern game numbers help provide the narrative, the drama, and the conversation. They are scrutinised in order to justify results and to predict future outcomes. They even dictate transfer policy and drive clubs to achieve the impossible. But when did the numbers become so important and what do they mean? In Outside the Box, Duncan Alexander looks back at twenty-five years of the Premier League and beyond, uncovering the hidden truths and accepted myths that surround the game. Using the archives of OptaJoe and never-before-seen data, we discover why Liverpool have gone 27 years without winning a league title and why Lionel Messi is the best player in the game’s history. Or is he? Insightful, wry, and hugely entertaining, Outside the Box is a hugely entertaining and accessible account of football across the decades, analysing data from the some of the greatest seasons, players, teams and managers.show more