Synopses & Reviews
As an avid fan of the game and a firm believer in the power that such objective analysis can bring to sports, I was captivated by this book. Soccernomics
is an absolute must-read.” Billy Beane, General Manager, Oakland As
Why doesn't the United States dominate soccer internationally... and how can it?
Which is the best soccer nation on earth?
Who has the most passionate fans?
What impact does soccer have on suicide rates?
Which sport will dominate the Earth? NFL or the English Premier League?
Why are the people who run soccer clubs so dumb?
These are some of the questions every soccer fanatic has asked. Soccernomics answers them. Written with an economists brain and a soccer writers skill, it applies high-powered analytical tools to everyday soccer topics, looking at data in new ways, revealing counterintuitive truths about the worlds most loved game. It all adds up to a revolutionary way of looking at soccer that could affect the way the game is played internationally.
The 2014 World Cup Edition of the book that "[does] for soccer what Moneyball did for baseball." —New York Times
Named one of the Best Books of the Year” by Guardian, Slate, Financial Times, Independent (UK), and Bloomberg News
Soccernomics pioneers a new way of looking at soccer through meticulous, empirical analysis and incisive, witty commentary. The San Francisco Chronicle describes it as the most intelligent book ever written about soccer.” This World Cup edition features new material, including a provocative examination of how soccer clubs might actually start making profits, why that's undesirable, and how soccer's never had it so good.
About the Author
Simon Kuper is one of the worlds leading writers on soccer. The winner of the William Hill Prize for sports book of the year in Britain, Kuper writes a weekly column for the Financial Times
. He lives in Paris, France.
Stefan Szymanski is the Stephen J. Galetti Collegiate Professor of Sport Management at the University of Michigans School of Kinesiology Tim Harford has called him one of the worlds leading sports economists.” He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.