Revue de presse
Stephen J. Dubner, co-author Freakonomics on the Freakonomics blog
The authors take what everybody' knows about success and failure in soccer and subject it to rigorous empirical analysis embedded in good stories that carry the narrative along Highly recommended. All readers.”
Soccernomics [is] a sharply written and provocative examination of the world's game seen through the prism of economics and statistical data. It demolishes almost everything that most soccer fans believe about the game and how professional soccer teams should operate.”
Globe & Mail (Canada)
"Oh, Rooney's the best. [My son] Ben thinks that England might be in the top four, but that's it. He knows the starting line up of every European team. We're reading this very interesting book about football together, you know Soccernomics."
Lorrie Moore, author of A Gate at the Stairs and Birds of America
Zach Slaton, Forbes (online)
[Q]uite an entertaining read.”
Pro Soccer Talk (NBC Sports blog)
Soccernomics remains essential reading for anyone seeking an analytical take on the game.”
Keeping Score (TIME Soccer Blog)
Soccernomics is the most intelligent book ever written about soccer.”
San Francisco Chronicle
With Soccernomics, the FT's indispensable Simon Kuper and top-flight sports economist Stefan Szymanski bring scrupulous economic analysis and statistical rigor to a sport long dependent on hoary and, it seems, unfounded assumptions Gripping and essential.”
Slate.com, Best Books of 2009
[The book] is a sporting tale in the Freakonomics mode of inquiry, using statistics to come up with fascinating conclusions.”
Independent (UK), Best Books of 2009
[Szymanski and Kuper] entertainingly demolish soccer shibboleths Well argued and clear headed.”
Financial Times, Best Books of 2009
Using data analysis, history and psychology, [Soccernomics] punctures dozens of clichés about what it takes to win, and who makes money in soccer and in sports in general.”
[Kuper and Szymanksi] do for soccer what Moneyball did for baseballput the game under an analytical microscope using statistics, economics, psychology and intuition to try to transform a dogmatic sport.”
New York Times
[A] must read for any fan of the business of soccer ”
Présentation de l'éditeur
At last, football has its answer to Freakonomics, The Tipping Point and The Undercover Economist.
Why do England lose?”
“Why do Germany & Brazil Win?”
“How have Spain conquered the World?”
"Penalties - what are they good for?"
“What is the price on achieving success and the true cost of failure?”
These are questions every football fan has asked. Soccernomics (previously published as Why England Lose) answers them. Written with an economist's brain and a football writer's skill, it applies high-powered analytical tools to everyday football topics.
Soccernomics isn't in the first place about money. It's about looking at data in new ways. It's about revealing counterintuitive truths about football. It explains all manner of things about the game which newspapers just can't see. It all adds up to a new way of looking at football, beyond clichés about "The Magic of the FA Cup", "England's Shock Defeat" and "Newcastle's New South American Star".
No training in economics is needed to read Soccernomics but the reader will come out of it with a better understanding not just of football, but of how economists think and what they know.