Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even Iraq--Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport
These are questions every soccer aficionado has asked. Soccernomics answers them.
Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology, and business to cast a new and entertaining light on h...more
The book is framed around several questions: Which coun...more
I think the authors tried to draw too many conclusions from a relatively small amount of knowledge of baseball and football. Many lessons have been learned since Moneyball (defense is valuable), and there's a lot more knowledge about football (running backs, not so much) than what was stated.
One chapter tried to argue that the NFL has no more parity than the EPL...more
I must confess that I entered upon the reading of Why England Lose with a heavy heart. Although I enjoyed the playful tone and sharp conclusions of Freakonomics, I found it to be a somewhat glib volume that exercised extreme selectivity with its data in order to “prove” its points. For the world of football to be afforded the same treatment by an economics profession that has largely lost touch with the real world, been...more
The chapter on penalty kicks was outstanding, some others not so much.
A lot of the best parts of the book were seeming non-sequiturs relative to the primary push of the authors. Along with the question of penalty kicks, the authors whetted the appetite of the reader by touching on topics of discrimination in soccer, the ri...more
“A blend of Freakanomics and Fever Pitch, bringing suprising economic analysis on the world’s most popular sport… a thught-provoking, often amysing read –Bloomberg News“
trumpeted on the cover of this book and I instinctively knew it would be a chore to like it. I quite enjoyed reading Fever Pitch and the less I say about Freakanomics the better. As with Freakanomics *sigh* it is puzzling if one is expected to read this as a scholar or as a popularization of a schol...more
Though I suppose a good thing, I had my quibbles. It's another book claiming there is no more parity in the NFL than in the Premier League and top soccer, and that's nonsense. The same few teams win every year in soccer, and the fact...more
One particular chapter I liked, discussed Game Theory, and how...more
From the title and the cover design (the orange, mostly), I expected a soccer-themed Freakonomics book, which it pretty much is. Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski, a soccer columnist and a sports economist, respectively, collaborate to look into various assumptions about and within the s...more
There are plenty of other reviewers on here who have posted counter-statistics to arrive at opposite conclusions to the author, so I won't repeat that party trick here. Suffice it to say that as with all statistics, one can nearly always manipulate the data to back up a point,...more
It's not that Kuper and Szymansku are bad writers. They're not. It is a thoroughly engrossing book that keeps you reading. The problem is that it fails to understand what statis...more
Some good discussion about how "moneyball" techniques from baseball have been tentatively taken in to football with mixed success (the section about Damien Comolli and Liverpool was particularly interesting), and highlights the basic premise that where there is an inefficient market there is an opportunity for somebody to take advantage, and the tr...more
Kuperi ja Szymanski käsittelevät kirjassa mm. Englannin alisuorittamista (mitä se ei itse asiassa...more