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 Sport
Why does England lose? Why does Scotland suck? Why doesn't America play the sport internationally...and why do the Germans play with such an efficient but robotic style?
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.
No training in economics is needed to read Soccernomics. But the listener will come away from it with a better understanding not just of soccer, but of how economists think and why they know.
©2010 Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
"[W]hether analyzing the relationship of spending to winning or applying game theory to the penalty kick, the authors’ delight in discovery proves both persuasive and contagious. It’s a fascinating book with the potential to effect genuine change in the sport." (Booklist)
Informative and engaging, the main complaint I have with this book is that when it comes to tables and statistics, the audiobook format is just plain hard to follow. Not the fault of the authors, but while the first half of the book was great as an audiobook, I couldn't help but feel that I should pick up a hard-copy for the tables in the second half.
This seems to be a recording of an early edition (entitled "Why England Lose"), so it doesn't include the revisions and additional chapters of more recent versions. Still, it's an interesting book, and the narrator does a great job at imitating foreign accents. Ultimately, the number-crunching may be a bit much for English majors -- those might want to wait for an audiobook version of Franklin Foer's "How Soccer Explains the World."
The book does a great job of breaking down a lot of fascinating topics. The first half of the book is amazing. World Cup stories. Premier League tales, and a unique analysis that begs me to wonder how I went so long (I'm an American) without falling in love with the sport.
Great book. Wish I could look at a visual copy of some of their data tables. It's difficult to visualize the data as they go through. Thankfully they summarize the data at the end of reading through each table.
I love soccer. I found a deeper love for that game after reading it.
A guy that I play soccer with recommended this audio book. This was the first book that I
have read about the sport and I loved it. Because it deals with number and statistics you will find none like it, I imagine. But it isn't just about the numbers. I didn't find it dry but informative.
The narrator did a good job on this book. He was easy to listen to.
Every American fan of the sport should listen to this book.
The book explains the details about football that aren't covered by the media. Good book and narrator.
some examples given out through the book are outdated, but still very interesting if we were still back in 2008
The way he imitates football personalities around the globe is pretty funny and accurate.
This book is may be right for 2008 but definitely not right for 2015
I'm giving him three stars for the research that was done but some of the conclusion makes no sense
The only thing I didn't like about this one was the reading of all of the tables that seemed to go on and on. It was an interesting study.
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