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Soccernomics par [Kuper, Simon, Szymanski, Stefan]
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“Many explanations [of England's poor form] can be found in the book Soccernomics in a segment entitled “Why England Loses.” (This is well worth a read for any English football fan; essentially, you overvalue your football heritage and undervalue the benefits of innovation.)”
—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

“Since the publication of the first edition of Soccernomics there have been several attempts to copy its content. Yet few authors in the world of soccer writing can tell a human story like Simon Kuper, and even fewer academics can write an understandable narrative with numbers like Stefan Szymanski. Together the two men raise the bar again, bringing new insights to an already great body of work that is accessible and interesting to the quant and casual reader alike… I highly recommend you pick it up for yourself, even if you have already read the first edition. You will not be disappointed.”
—Zach Slaton, Forbes (online)

“[Q]uite an entertaining read.”
—Simply Futbol

“[W]onderful book.”
—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.”
—, 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.”
—Associated Press

“[Kuper and Szymanksi] do for soccer what Moneyball did for baseball—put 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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3571 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 448 pages
  • Editeur : HarperSport (24 mai 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0007586523
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007586523
  • ASIN: B006PVZ3LE
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L'avènement des statistiques dans le football est un fait marquant des 10-15 dernières années. "Soccernomics" se présente comme une défense et une illustration de cet outil, tant dans la gestion des transferts que pour expliquer les résultats plus ou moins bons de certaines équipes. A envisager tous les aspects de ce sport uniquement par l'aspect quantitatif et rationnel, Kuper et Szymanski peuvent parfois agacer. Mais il est frappant que, plusieurs années avant l'épopée de l'Islande à l'Euro 2016, ils avaient déjà souligné le potentiel de ce pays, certes petit, mais possédant l'un des taux de pratiquants le plus élevé du monde et des structures de formation de haut niveau. A consulter, ne serait-ce que pour se tenir au courant d'une tendance irréversible du football moderne.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 This is a good book. One that most any fan should consider ... 20 octobre 2014
Par Nigel Pretty - Publié sur
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This is a good book. One that most any fan should consider for their reading list.

It does have a few problems, and a number of the conclusions the authors reach have gaping logical flaws. Specifically, they spend considerable time (correctly) reminding readers that there is a difference between causation and correlation, yet they proceed to make the exact same mistake on multiple occassions, particularly as relates to salary vs. transfer investment, a core discussion point of the book. They also spend a quite exhaustive (and frankly nauseating) amount of time explicitly making the point that this book is the soccer version of "Moneyball". The entire first chapter is basically a ham-fisted advertisement for this claim.

But those are the complaints. There are many good reasons to read this--- it is engaging in its narrative, and educational even to those already familiar with many of the concepts. And the anecdotal evidence (often a weakness in books of this genre) is actually mouthwateringly good.... many tidbits that simply aren't part of the mainstream coverage of the sport, even for those who geek heavily on soccer blogs.

Probably, this is "must read" if you really study the global game. But you will take umbrage with some of the conclusions. Maybe that's normal-- we all have a unique passion for the beautiful game.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Half the chapters are brilliant, but a lot of the book draws poor conclusions 1 novembre 2012
Par The Blonde Bomber - Publié sur
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I really enjoyed this book. Much of the book contained perspectives, statistics, and conclusions that you just cant find elsewhere in soccer literature. The book's statistics on the underpayment of black players in the 80's in particular is fantastic. The books section on how the most successful "selling clubs" operate is awesome. Also, during the "game theory of penalty kicks" section I was unable to put the book down. Symanzski and Kuper bring in stories and statistics from media members and soccer pros that support or deny their data.
That being said, there are certain chapters of this book that draw conclusions that are either boring, or wrong. For instance, the chapter comparing the parity of the NFL and the EPL draws the conclusion that the NFL and EPL are relatively equal in parity(despite NFL having 12 champions since the EPLs conception and the EPL having 5 champions, and one team with more than half the titles). I had to really force myself through the chapter on which country is most crazed about soccer. I felt that the conclusion was only slightly interesting, and the methodology not interesting whatsoever.
This book is certainly unique, and you can get perspectives that aren't really available elsewhere. I'd reccomend this book if your a big fan of soccer, but if you are just a casual, this book probably doesn't have too much to offer you.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fantastic to sum it up. 7 décembre 2012
Par Mario Eigi Tominaga - Publié sur
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Is incredible better than fantastic? If yes, than this book is incredible, otherwise, if these words mean differente things, than I am pretty sure this book is both.
Could not let it go until I finished it and the "wow" feeling is still hanging around my head.
At first glance, it might seem that it's just a book about analysing data, but as you step further and further, things just go on, becoming even more interesting as you turn the pages.
Who's the best coach in history? The country most passionate about football? How to score in a penalty shoot out...?
All these questions are answered, or at least are presented in a way that it should give a wider view of things, and not only that, but through out the text are interesting facts intertwined with analyses and studies. And this done beautifully.
I HIGHLY recommend it to people that love "soccer". Give it a chance and you might feel marveled by it!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Remarkably moving, much more enjoyable than I expected 23 février 2013
Par Archer - Publié sur
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Soccernomics does two things very well. One is expose widely accepted beliefs in soccer culture. This is precisely what I expected from this book, and it's worth buying just to be informed on that front.

It also uses statistics to reveal the social unity that soccer fosters. I was very moved by the chapter that focuses on suicide and fandom (and club loyalty at large).

Please do not be scared away by the word "statistics". I hate math as much if not more than anyone. This book is extremely accessible to the average reader, but still deep enough to pique intellectual curiosity.

In short, Soccernomics is an absolute must-read if you are a soccer fan, period.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Amazing insights 27 janvier 2016
Par Gaurav Roy - Publié sur
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Fantastic analysis of a sport which I have loved and followed for more than 30 years. Most findings are straight out surprises while a few are hunches I had nursed all along, like inward curving corner kicks lead to more goals, albeit scrappier ones.... This book will certainly make you sit up and question everything you ever thought you knew about football.
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