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The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know about Soccer Is Wrong


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Moneyball meets Freakonomics in this myth-busting guide to understanding—and winning—the most popular sport on the planet - now with a new afterword on the 2014 World Cup!

Innovation is coming to soccer, and at the center of it all are the numbers—a way of thinking about the game that ignores the obvious in favor of how things actually are. In The Numbers Game, Chris Anderson, a former professional goalkeeper turned soccer statistics guru, teams up with behavioral analyst David Sally to uncover the numbers that really matter when it comes to predicting a winner. Investigating basic but profound questions—How valuable are corners? Which goal matters most? Is possession really nine-tenths of the law? How should a players value be judged?—they deliver an incisive, revolutionary new way of watching and understanding soccer.

About the Author

Chris Anderson is a pioneer of soccer analytics and a professor at London School of Economics in the U.K. and Cornell University in the U.S.

David Sally is a professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Product Details

Anderson, Chris
Penguin Books
Sally, David
Games-Fantasy Sports
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
b/w charts and graphs throughout
8 x 5.31 in 0.64 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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