Soccermatics : Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game Pro-Edition
Football - the most mathematical of sports. From shot statistics and league tables to the geometry of passing and managerial strategy, the modern game is filled with numbers, patterns and shapes. How do we make sense of them? The answer lies in the mathematical models applied in biology, physics and economics.
Soccermatics brings football and mathematics together in a mind-bending synthesis, using numbers to help reveal the inner workings of the beautiful game.
This new and expanded edition analyses the current big-name players and teams using mathematics, and meets the professionals working inside football who use numbers and statistics to boost performance.
Welcome to the world of mathematical modelling, expressed brilliantly by David Sumpter through the prism of football. No matter who you follow - from your local non-league side to the big boys of the Premiership, La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A or the MLS - you'll be amazed at what mathematics has to teach us about the world's favourite sport.
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 129 x 198 x 22.86mm | 249g
- 09 May 2017
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Bloomsbury Sigma
- London, United Kingdom
Other books in this series
20 Jun 2017
28 Jun 2016
26 Apr 2016
Table of contents
Part I: On the Pitch
Chapter 1: I Never Predict Anything and I Never Will
Chapter 2: How Slime Moulds Built Barcelona
Chapter 3: Check My Flow
Chapter 4: Statistical Brilliance
Chapter 5: Zlatan Ibrah Rocket Science
Part II: In the Dugout
Chapter 6: Three Points for the Bird-brained Manager
Chapter 7: The Tactical Map
CHapter 8: Total Cyber Dynamo
Chapter 9: The World in Motion
Part III: From the Crowd
Chapter 10: You'll Never Walk Alone
Chapter 11: Bet Against the Masses
Chapter 12: Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is
Chapter 13: The Results Are In
The Full-Time Whistle
About David Sumpter
David's research has shown how mathemtiacs can be applied ot anything and everything, and in particular to social behaviour. An incomplete list of his research projects includes: pigeons flying in pairs over Oxford; clapping undergraduate students in the north of England; swarms of locusts traveling across the Sahara; disease spread in remote Ugandan villages; the gaze of London commuters; and the tubular structures built by Japanese amoebae.
In his spare time, he exploits his mathematical expertise in training a successful under-tens football team, Uppsala IF P05. David is a Liverpool supporter with a lifelong affection for Dunfermline Athletic.
collective-behavior.com / @soccermatics