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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 Sportby Simon Kuper
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Why do England lose? Why does Scotland suck? Why doesn’t America dominate the sport internationally...and why do the Germans play with such an efficient but robotic style?
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 how the game works, Soccernomics reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer. An essential guide for the 2010 World Cup, Soccernomics is a new way of looking at the world’s most popular game.
A pair of award-winning journalists draw on analogies from a range of disciplines to consider why forefront soccer teams win or lose World Cup competitions, offering insight into the playing styles of leading national teams as well as overall factors that influence how the game is played. Original.
Just in time for the world's most anticipated and watched sporting event-the World Cup-two award-winning journalists reveal the secrets, mysteries, and oddities of the beautiful game
About the Author
\Simon Kuper is one of the world’s leading writers on soccer. His book Soccer Against the Enemy won the William Hill Prize for sports book of the year in Britain. He writes a weekly sports column in the Financial Times. He lives in Paris.
Stefan Szymanski is professor of economics and MBA Dean at Cass Business School in London. Tim Harford has called him “one of the world’s leading sports economists.” Szymanski lives in London.
Table of Contents
Driving with a dashboard : in search of new truths about soccer — Why England loses and others win — The clubs : racism, stupidity, bad transfers, capital cities, the mirage of the NFL, and what actually happened in that penalty shoot-out in Moscow. Gentlemen prefer blonds : how to avoid silly mistakes in the transfer market ; The worst business in the world : why soccer clubs don't (and shouldn't) make money ; Need not apply : does English soccer discriminate against Black people? ; The economist's fear of the penalty kick : are penalties cosmically unfair, or only if you are Nicholas Anelka? ; The suburban newsagents : city sizes and soccer prizes ; Football versus football — The fans : loyalty, suicides, happiness, and the country with the best supporters. The country that loves soccer most ; Are soccer fans polygamists? : a critique of the Nick Hornby model of fandom ; A fan's suicide notes : do people jump off buildings when their teams lose? ; Happiness : why hosting a World Cup is good for you — Countries : rich and poor, Tom Thumb, Guus Ghiddink, Saddam, and the champions of the future. The curse of poverty : why poor countries are poor at sports ; Tom Thumb : the best little soccer country on earth ; Core to periphery : the future map of global soccer.
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