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Soccernomics : why England loses, why Germany and Brazil win, and why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey and even India are destined to become the kings of the world's most popular sport

Author: Simon Kuper; Stefan Szymanski
Publisher: New York : Nation Books, ©2009.
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Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology, and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game of soccer works, "Soccernomics" reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about the world's most popular game. An essential guide for the 2010 World Cup.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Kuper; Stefan Szymanski
ISBN: 9781568584256 1568584253
OCLC Number: 754887356
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.

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"Soccernomics" reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer. An essential guide for the 2010 World Cup, "Soccernomics" is a new way of looking at the world's most popular game.  Read more...

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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 Read more...

 
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