El Futbol Es Asi! (Soccernomics): Una Explicacion Economica Sobre los Mitos y Verdades del DePorte = Football Is So! (Soccernomics)
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El Futbol Es Asi! (Soccernomics): Una Explicacion Economica Sobre los Mitos y Verdades del DePorte = Football Is So! (Soccernomics)

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- Amerika neden uluslar arası futbolda baskın değildir… Ve nasıl hâkim hale gelebilir?
- Yer yüzündeki en iyi futbol ülkesi hangisidir?
- En tutkulu taraftar kimindir?
- Futbolun intihar oranlarına etkisi nedir?
- Hangi spor dünyada hâkimiyet sağlayacak? NFL mi, İngiliz Premier Ligi mi?
- Futbol kulülerini yönetenler neden bu kadar ahmak?

Bunlar futbol taraftarlarının sord...more
Paperback, 414 pages
Published July 1st 2010 by Empresa Activa (first published January 1st 2009)
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Erich Franz Guzmann
As soccer being my favorite sport, I was really hoping to like this a lot more than I actually did; and it did have some really interesting parts to it. A big problem it had in fact was it took way to long to actually get to those good parts. If it had kept in my favorite sections and cut the length of the book in half, I would be giving this book 5 stars easily. I can't complain too bad though, because I did get some enjoyment out of it and I did get some really interesting facts as well.
Daniel Solera
Soccernomics is a statistical study of the world’s most popular sport in the vein of Steven Levitt’s bestseller Freakonomics. Authors Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski delve into soccer by abandoning all conventional wisdom about the sport and studying it strictly by the numbers. Because of their data-heavy approach, the majority of the book focuses on European soccer, because it is from European sources that their findings are most reliable.

The book is framed around several questions: Which coun...more
James Van
Interesting take on lots of stuff about soccer, and I learned a bunch of stuff, but I think some of the conclusions are flat-out wrong.

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
Rob
A longer version of the following review can be accessed at: Why England Lose

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
Michael Scott
Inspired by Levitt's Freakonomics, Soccernomics is yet another book about ... wait ... it's the first book that tries to datamine everything about soccer (ahm, football.) Two authors with affinity for football and statistics have embarked in the eternal game of showing that you can prove anything you want with unverified data and faulty methods. Much as in the case of Freakonomics, I disliked the results: using the method of this work (regression of multiple rather thin and shaky datasets), you...more
Alicia
Marcelo and I got into a screaming fit last night over this book. I was trying to tell him some things that this book said and he didn't believe me. And so he started going off about how anyone can put ANYTHING in a book, and how you can't always believe what books say. (I think he was supposed to be talking about the Internet, but whatever). I think he was offended when I said that English Soccer owners run their clubs very unlike Americans. So the English almost never make money, but the Ameri...more
Ryan Patrick
The first few chapters were quite enlightening and engaging. Some of the later chapters didn't capture my attention as well - the questions the authors asked weren't all that interesting and their statistical analysis lacked a sense that they were using good numbers and in the right way. For example, I'm just not convinced that the number of international games a country has played equates to a good measure of 'experience' in any meaningful sense. Playing a bunch of friendlies against podunk opp...more
Brian Sison
The quote on the cover sums it up: "A blend of Freakonomics and Fever Pitch, bringing surprising economic analysis to bear on the world's most popular sport." - Bloomberg News

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
Francis Kayiwa
Apr 14, 2010 Francis Kayiwa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Ian
I’ll be honest I saw the review

“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
Ben
I'm not a mathematician, but I am a lover of 'the beautiful game', and I found this book really engrossing and read it quickly. It has a completely different way of looking at football from a socio-economical/mathematical angle, and made some really good points. I didn't agree with all of their arguments though, I thought the logic was flawed in places, but I loved the fresh perspective and occasional appearance of dry humour throughout the book. In several places it hits you with some truths wh...more
Caleb
This is a book in the Freakonomics, Moneyball genre, and it is quite good. These guys have a strong mastery of the sports end plus the math to back it up. They certainly make some great points about overpaying for veterans and the lack of professionalism in managing.

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
Damon
Soccernomics is done in the style of "Freakanomics," but with a sports writer's eye for details and story. Having studied Statistics and Data Analysis, I know that all data and surveys results must be taken with a grain of salt. Although, the writers do have a persuasive arguement for how economics and location, strongly effect why certain countries continually do well in international competitions, and others continue to struggle.
One particular chapter I liked, discussed Game Theory, and how...more
Christopher Bashforth
Excellent football book, whose premise is to provide statistical background to why certain teams do well and others do not. The authors provide 3 factors why certain countries do well; tradition, wealth and population and guess what – England actually do as well as statistically they should be expected to do. This provide ammunition to my argument that the English media overhypes the team’s chances and should learn a little humility. Other surprising revelations included that World Cups actually...more
Matt
Soccernomics is a fantastic look at a soccer from a completely different point-of-view than you're probably used to seeing. Using statistical techniques like regression and massive amounts of old match results and other data related to both the classic and modern game of soccer, Kuper and Szymanski bring a new insight to how we think of the beautiful game. There are sections on national teams, club teams, and fans, and they all bring a style similar to Freakonomics and its look at different popu...more
Nate
I had previously read How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer. In that book, Soccer is used to explain globalization. I thought this book would use soccer to explain global economics. This is the diametric opposite of that - it uses economics and statistical models to explain soccer. None the less, it is a great book. The authors have examined a mountains of data to illustrate the past,present, and future of global soccer. The potential dryness of stat...more
M.J.
Soccernomics attempts to break down the “Beautiful Game” with rational analysis without falling prey to the enduring myths of the sport. Its a decent book that achieves what it sets out to do. Perhaps it is not altogether ambitious, but it will provide some insight into the game that even some of fans may not have appreciated. Like its antecedents, Freakonomics and MoneyBall, a heavy reliance on statistics and econometric analysis (and more than few doses of anecdotal evidence) is employed in an...more
Joanie
I've been meaning to read this book for a little while now. It's likely that the World Cup looming in the not-so-distant-horizon is the push I needed. Afterall, it's good to brush up a bit on the sport beforehand.

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
Alan
Simon Kuper is top of the league when it comes to writing about soccer. Soccer correspondent for the Financial Times in London, his depth of insight into the world's game is remarkable. HIs new book is an eye opener, dispelling the arrogance of the elites, and ending the hopes of the hopeful. A brilliant chapter on Guus Hiddink finishes of the book like Ronaldo finishes off a free kick outside the box - he scores!
Elliott Turner
This book is a great concept but a bit uneven. If the goal was to use statistics to dispel common myths, then it failed , in part due to the ridigity of its own statistical analysis. Various chapters and sections were cool, but all too often the sample groups and medians and modes lead to a world so far removed academically that it said little about reality.
Diego González
En la saga de "Freakonomics", Soccernomics aporta una serie de datos curiosos alrededor del deporte más seguido del mundo (creo que el segundo es el Críquet, lo cual no dice nada bueno del ser humano como especie) que explican, o pretenden explicar, porque Inglaterra no gana nunca, por qué los equipos forjados a golpe de cartera no su suelen triunfar o por qué un equipo de Londres y otro de Moscú acabarán ganando la Champions (el Chelsea aún no había ganado la suya en 2012). Es francamente ameno...more
Amy
An academic and economic look at the state of world soccer, with loads of statistics, charts, and diagrams to back up the authors' claims. If you read Freakonomics, the authors take that style and apply it to global soccer.

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
Craig Coleman
Interesting application of sabermetrics to soccer. The authors use economics to disprove falacies in the world game.
Bill
Like soccer? Chances are, you'll dislike this book. Likewise, if you like statistics, you'll dislike this book. Since Freakonomics and Moneyball, there has been a serious misuse of statistical analysis to prove a lot of things. As a person who works on strategy and research, I should know. I'm well aware of the dark arts.

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
Harshit Khare
Along the lines of Freakonomics, the book explores some interesting case studies from the world of football. The authors use statistical tools (largely linear regression models) to try understand how things work and try and predict how things might shape up in the future. It forces the reader to look at the sport objectively for what it is and means to the players, the organizers, the facilitators and the fans. Overall, statistics mixed with references to popular football anecdotes and personali...more
Adrian Bauer
I enjoyed reading this book over the summer since it stated many different economical factor of soccer. Not only the economical factors but it answers many questions that are doubts that every soccer fan has. This book explains why America is not dominant in this sport, why Germany plays good, why England is loosing frequently and why countries like U.S, Japan and Australia will be world potencys in the worlds greatest sport about 20 years from now. I enjoyed reading Soccernomics due to the fact...more
Alejandro Shirvani
Nice book that puts simple analytical concepts (regressions, statistical significance etc) in to context by explaining various things about football.

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
Nick Butler
Maybe the best way to explain how fascinating and unusual this book is, is to look at the people that wrote it; it's such a curious combination that the book takes time to explain how they even met in its introduction (it was at a conference in Turkey). Simon Kuper is the kind of man you might expect, a sports columnist published in several broadsheets and with two previous books about football under his belt, but Stefan Szymanski holds a PhD in economics, has written about politics and arts for...more
Robert
Soccernomics is an interesting blend of Freakonomics and Moneyball with a little bit of Fever Pitch thrown in. Like Freakonomics, Soccernomics tries to look at its subject, soccer, from a new point of view that challenges the current way of thinking. Much of the current economic rules of soccer, like how to run a club, hire a manager or trade for a player, are accepted as such primarily because they are how it has always been done. The authors of Soccernomics tear down much of the faulty thinkin...more
Matti Karjalainen
Simon Kuperin ja Stefan Szymanskin "Why England Lose: and Other Curious Football Phenomena Explained" (HarperCollins, 2009) on kiinnostava matka jalkapallon ja tilastojen maailmaan. Parivaljakon tarkoituksena on tarkastella erilaisia kuningaspeliin liittyviä, yleisesti totuuksina pidettyjä väittämiä ja uskomuksia, sekä tutkia erilaisiin tilastoihin turvautuen mahtavatko ne pitää lainkaan paikkaansa.

Kuperi ja Szymanski käsittelevät kirjassa mm. Englannin alisuorittamista (mitä se ei itse asiassa...more
Eddie Mendoza
Interesting opinions on the social and financial implications that come with both provincial and champions league clubs. Even if you don't agree with the opinions, its a fantastic resource for getting acquainted with the giants of old and how teams like bayern munich, manchester united, and fc barcelona became the powerhouses they are today. Much of the book delves into the similarities between Billy Beane, Arsene Wenger, and the legendary Brian Clough in regards to player valuations, transfer f...more
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