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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

"[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)

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Interesting but older version of the book

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."

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Very very good.

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.

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Perfect for Soccer Tacticians

If you have the slightest interest in sports analytics, this is great. Full of fantastic info about WHY we see the outcomes we see in the beautiful game.

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Informative and statistical, but…

I can’t stand hearing this performer swish his mucus around in his mouth between some sentences.

It’s like nails on a chalkboard to me. Possibly a personal pet peeve. But it made me wonder if I should have bought the paperback.

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Great insight, however maybe not best format

The insight into the world of soccer (football/futbol) is incredible, however an audio book is probably not the best delivery for this particular type of content. There are lots of tables and hearing someone just read off a table (especially the longer ones) can get really grinding on the ears and you may lose interest quick.

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Interesting but completely outdated

Way too many lists for an audiobook. Had to skip forward more than I would have liked

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Excellent book. Great insights and analysis

wealth of data and analysis that is simply presented. very interesting points and details provided.

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great study on soccer, definitely worth a listen

loved the book overall, but having to listen to long statistical tables was painful, that didn't translate very well.

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A good analytical look at Soccer as a Business

The book has dry moments, however the majority of the book is interesting and informative. If you do not like numbers, analytics, statistics, not the book for you.

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Freakonomics but for football!

Very interesting book which I would recommend to any football lover. It has that Freakonomics vibe to it, searching for underlying reasons for the success or failure of specific countries or teams. Interesting and funny, it was a very easy audiobook to go through. BUT, those tables which the narrator goes through are completely useless as halfway through them you just hope he stops reading and go on with the conclusions. The other minor problem is that the information is slightly outdated but this still remains a very interesting listen.