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|All Authors / Contributors:||
Simon Kuper; Stefan Szymanski
|Description:||viii, 328 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.|
|Contents:||Driving with a dashboard : in search of new truths about soccer --
Why England loses and others win --
The clubs : racism, stupidity, bad transfers, capital cities, the mirage of the NFL, and what actually happened in that penalty shoot-out in Moscow. Gentlemen prefer blonds : how to avoid silly mistakes in the transfer market ; The worst business in the world : why soccer clubs don't (and shouldn't) make money ; Need not apply : does English soccer discriminate against Black people? ; The economist's fear of the penalty kick : are penalties cosmically unfair, or only if you are Nicholas Anelka? ; The suburban newsagents : city sizes and soccer prizes ; Football versus football --
The fans : loyalty, suicides, happiness, and the country with the best supporters. The country that loves soccer most ; Are soccer fans polygamists? : a critique of the Nick Hornby model of fandom ; A fan's suicide notes : do people jump off buildings when their teams lose? ; Happiness : why hosting a World Cup is good for you --
Countries : rich and poor, Tom Thumb, Guus Ghiddink, Saddam, and the champions of the future. The curse of poverty : why poor countries are poor at sports ; Tom Thumb : the best little soccer country on earth ; Core to periphery : the future map of global soccer.
|Responsibility:||Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski.|
LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2009"Daily Telegraph" "If you're a football fan, I'll save you some time: read this book ... compulsive reading ... thoroughly