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Does the impossible of making the beautiful game even more beautiful (Malcolm Gladwell)

A must-read . . . Chris Anderson and David Sally have the ability to see football in a way few have before them. Be warned: The Numbers Game will change the way you think about your favourite team or player, and change the way you watch the beautiful game. (Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's, the subject of Moneyball)

A fascinating and stylish investigation into a rapidly developing way of understanding football (Jonathan Wilson, author of Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics)

Whether you are a traditionalist or a numbers nut you can enjoy this book. It's thorough, accessible, and devoid of the absolute truths so many on both sides of the debate peddle. (Gabriele Marcotti, football broadcaster and author)

It is the book that could change the game forever (Times)

You need to like football. Millions of people do. And they should rush to read this book immediately. The game they love will take on new depth, colour and subtlety (Ed Smith The Times)

Présentation de l'éditeur

The Numbers Game by Chris Anderson and David Sally reveals football's astonishing hidden rulesFully updated with a new World Cup chapterFootball has always been a numbers game: 4-4-2, the big number 9 and 3 points for a win. But what if up until now we've been focusing on the wrong numbers? What if the numbers that really matter, the ones that hold the key to winning matches, are actually 2.66, 53.4, 50/50, and 0 > 1? What if managers only make a 15% difference? What if Chelsea should have bought Darren Bent?In this incisive, myth-busting book, Chris Anderson, former goalkeeper turned football statistics guru, and David Sally, former baseball pitcher turned behavioural economist, show that every shred of knowledge we can gather can help us to love football and understand it even more. You'll discover why stopping a goal is more valuable than scoring one, why corners should be taken short, and why it is better to improve your worst player than to buy a superstar.You'll never play, or watch, a game of football in quite the same way again.The Numbers Game is essential reading for football fans everywhere and will also appeal to readers who loved Moneyball and Freakonomics.At 17, Chris Anderson found himself playing in goal for a fourth division club in West Germany; today, he's a professor in the Ivy League at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. An award winning social scientist and football analytics pioneer, Anderson consults with leading clubs about how best to play the numbers game.David Sally is a former baseball pitcher and a professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in the US, where he analyses the strategies and tactics people use when they play, compete, negotiate, and make decisions. He is an adviser to clubs and other organizations in the global football industry.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 3.5 stars, if it was possible. 13 septembre 2015
Par Law student - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Broadly, this is a good book. As other reviewers noted, maybe not as solid as Soccernomics or as math heavy as Beautiful Game Theory:
How Soccer Can Help Economics but still well worth the price and can be read in a day or two. The positives I will leave to the 4-5 star reviewers because in general I concur. Instead I'd like to add some negatives that other low-star reviewers have not yet addressed:

1. The authors insecurity towards professionals in the field riddles the book. My edition is 338 pages. Way too many of these pages are wasted on the authors attempting to advocate that their very approach -- that is the studying of soccer via improved statistics instead of relying merely on the 'gut feeling' of professionals. I understand the reason for this, after all, here are two 'nerds' trying to change the game, and unlike Billy Beane they are not former professional players or current managers. But the author's desperate need leaks of the pages and definitely interferes with the enjoyment of the book.
2. Some of the statistics. This is danger that all pop-science -- and this is what this book truly is -- face. Famous papers become obsolete or in some cases reversed. Specifically I am referring to the "Hot Hand Fallacy" by Tom Gilovich. The authors spend almost 3 pages lovingly describe he paper and also use it as a little kudgel against those unscientific old hands. Unfortunately, the paper has been recently challenged by Jeffrey Zwiebel and Brett Green who have in fact marshaled convincing evidence that Gilovich was mistaken.
Now there is nothing wrong with that, papers are published after books are sent to the printers but it raises the question of what other research the authors cite in the book has also been challenged by new developments (if any?).
3. Some of the claims the authors make contradict their own claims. To me the most glaring is the argument that all soccer at the top end looks the same -- I dont wholly disagree with the claim, the best teams cant afford to leave stylistic concerns in the face of the pragmatism of winning. But the author's evidence sometimes is contradicted by their own evidence: the four top leagues are the same...but the Spanish league has more fouls and in the German league scoring goals has much less predictive power than in England or Italy..and the Spanish league has a preference for the 4-2-3-1 and the English for the 4-4-1 or the 4-5-1..This is all from their book and these statements all seem to me like differences in the game.

Still, all in all as someone who has fallen into the trend of buying these pop-science books for soccer its pretty fun.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 More Pluses than Minuses in "The Numbers" 30 août 2014
Par J. Draper - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
On the plus side: "The Numbers Game," to paraphrase Mark Twain, makes a lot of good hamburgers out of sacred cows. Anderson and Sally provide us with much food for thought regarding assumptions about soccer that we may never have questioned before. One great example is the strong evidence they provide that the game's outcome is about half determined by luck. They go a little too far when they say this means soccer is a "coin-toss game," but still, it is a revelation to realize that so much is out of the hands (or off the feet) of the players and coaches. It makes you wonder how much else in sports--and in life--is determined by chance. There's also a connection here to much later in the book, where the authors address the issue of "regression to the mean." Again Anderson and Sally provide us with examples that question how much control coaches and players really have over the game they are trying to influence. It was astounding to learn that in many cases, whether you replace a manager or not can be irrelevant--a team can "regress to the mean" and start improving their play just as much by keeping the manager as by firing him. (The same goes for whether the manager screams at them for losing or calmly explains how they can play better--though the latter, they suggest, is better for morale.) One final point I thought was very important was the evidence the authors provide that money alone does not rule soccer--they prove that there are "plenty of clubs [...] that outperform their salary tab in any given season." This is akin to the argument made about Billy Beane and the Oakland A's in "Moneyball." It's heartening to know that the underdog can still win, any given Sunday, with the appropriate strategy and a bit of luck.

On the minus side: One thing I found a little disappointing about the book was that it didn't really have one or two main heroes to root for like Billy Beane or Bill James in "Moneyball"--in fact the book probably mentioned those two sabermetricians almost as much as any other single soccer statistician, manager or player. I think it would've made the book's narrative more compelling overall if the authors had spent more time getting to know say, Tony Pulis of Stoke, Arrigo Sacchi of AC Milan or less famously, Jimmy Davies of Waterloo Dock AFC. All three men were mentioned as fascinating examples of managerial insight, but were only given a few pages to shine. I suppose we'll have to settle for the pioneering role of Wing Commander Charles Reep for now...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Data & Soccer 26 janvier 2014
Par C. Paris - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I liked both this book and Soccernomics, but I thought this one actually focused better on the game and the impact of data. Soccernomics spent more time than I would have like discusses fans of soccer.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting read 31 décembre 2016
Par TimDrums - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Son loved it. Heard about this book in speech given my Malcolm Gladwell.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great read 5 avril 2015
Par Trifon Statkov - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Great book. It was very easy to read and a rather enjoyable experience for a football fan like me. I think experienced punters can learn a thing or two from this book. This is definitely the best book about football statistics and betting I have read so far.
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