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The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know about Soccer Is Wrongby Chris Anderson
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An all-encompassing look at the penalty kick, soccers all-or-nothing play—its legendary moments and the secrets to its success
No stretch of grass has been the site of more glory or heartbreak in the world of sports than the few dozen paces between goalkeeper and penalty kicker in soccer. In theory, its simple: place the ball beyond a single defender and secure a place in history. But once the chosen players make the lonely march from their respective sides of the pitch, everything changes, all bets are off, and anything can happen. Drawing from the hardwon lessons of legendary games, in-depth statistical analysis, expert opinion, and the firsthand experience of coaches and players from around the world, journalist Ben Lyttleton offers insight into the diverse attitudes, tactics, and techniques that separate success from failure in one of the highest-pressure situations sports has to offer.
Moneyball meets Freakonomics in this myth-busting guide to understandingand#151;and winningand#151;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 numbersand#151;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 questionsand#151;How valuable are corners? Which goal matters most? Is possession really nine-tenths of the law? How should a playerand#8217;s value be judged?and#151;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.
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