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- Número de páginas: 552 páginas
- Editora: HarperSport; Edição: ePub edition (24 de maio de 2012)
- Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 0007586523
- ISBN-13: 978-0007586523
- ASIN: B006PVZ3LE
- Leitura de texto: Habilitado
- Dicas de vocabulário: Habilitado
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Does hosting a sports tournament make people happier?
Which country has the most passionate fans?
Is English football racist?
Can football really save lives?
Football truly is the world game, followed in over 200 countries by hundreds of millions of people who each pour their heart and soul into supporting their team every week.
But now an economist and sportswriter have joined forces to bypass the heart and soul and apply their heads to the game, testing the received wisdom and challenging the assumptions of a sport that is quite literally a matter of life and death for some. Forget what you know about football and prepare to question every aspect of the culture surrounding the Beautiful Game.
Soccernomics is the fully revised and updated edition of Why England Lose, with new chapters on football finances and the rise of Spain as the pre-eminent team of our times. Using hard fact and statistics to cut through emotive cliché and outmoded thinking, Soccernomics not only sheds light upon football, it illuminates much about the world we live in now.
‘Takes the breath away’
‘More thoughtful than most of its rivals and, by football standards, positively intellectual.’
‘Freakonomics for football’
Sobre o Autor
Simon Kuper's first book, Football Against the Enemy, won the 1994 William Hill Sports Book of the Year prize and is widely acknowledged as one of football's seminal books. Simon writes a weekly sports column in the Financial Times and has previously written football columns for The Times and The Observer.
Stefan Szymanski is Professor of Economics and MBA Dean at Cass Business School in London. Stefan has a global reputation and has acted as a consultant to government and to major sports organisations such as the FIA (motor sport), UEFA (football) and the ICC (cricket).--Este texto se refere à uma edição alternativa kindle_edition
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However this book is a cut above the rest, recommended by a chap who wrote an excellent piece about a Moneyball themed Football Manager career. Inspired by this book he wrote the column. And what a recommendation it was!
This will lay down your previous conceptions about football, the myths that football is big business (its not), and lots more interesting things that you weren't aware of - or hadn't looked into.
I cant rate this more highly as the scoring system only goes upto five stars....really a six or ten would justify this.
The authors have used statistical analysis in many areas related to football, such as penalty shots, manager impact, fan loyalty, most football-crazy country and the transfer market. It could have been a rather dry book, but it is not. There are so many interesting observations and conclusions in the chapters, and the writing is top-notch.
I particularly liked the chapter on which city teams have been successful in the European Cup. In it, the authors point out that teams that have been dominating are all from provincial cities, like Manchester, Barcelona, Munich, Marseille and Milan. For the most parts, the capitals have not done so well. As they write: the town of Nottingham still has more trophies – two – than London, Paris, Istanbul, Berlin and Moscow combined. The explanation they offer is that a lot of people moved to industrial towns a century ago, and one thing that united them was football. The capitals on the other hand had many other things to unite them, and did not need football in the same way. This pattern of which cities have the most successful football teams is rather obvious to me once it has been pointed out, yet I never made the connection myself before I read Soccernomics.
I also really liked the chapter on penalty taking. They write about the 2008 Champions League final between Chelsea and Manchester United that was decided on penalties. Chelsea had access to research about which side Van der Sar usually was diving to, depending on if the penalty taker was right-footed or left-footed. In the end, Van der Sar figured out the system Chelsea was using, and saved the last penalty to win the game for Manchester United. There are many more examples in this chapter on the use of statistics for penalty taking, and it is fascinating reading.
The chapter towards the end of the book on the rise of Spanish football was also very interesting. The authors’ thesis on why some countries are more successful in football than others is that the connected-ness and exchange of ideas between countries is the most important factor. Spain is an interesting example. In the 1970s, when Spain became more open, there was a heavy Dutch influence (Johan Cruijff, Rinus Michels) that proved very beneficial for Spanish football. The chapter does a very good tracing and analysing this development.
These were three chapters that stood out for me, but that doesn’t mean the others were bad. I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. My only little quibble is that when analysing the importance of the manager for a team, they concluded that it is quite rare that they have a big impact – team results are mostly determined by the quality of the players, with a few notable exceptions such as Alex Ferguson. But in the chapter on the English national team, they conclude that they have performed better with a foreign manager than with local manager. This seems a bit contradictory to me, but perhaps I misunderstood.
All in all though, a really great book. I have recommended it to everybody I know that is interested in football.
The start of the book was very engrossing, especially for someone like myself who is not a soccer fan. It coupled fact-based presentation with insight and analysis using an economist's viewpoint. (e.g. why clubs cannot make a profit etc.).
Unfortunately, they ran out of steam and in the second half the analysis disappeared completely and was replaced with simple presentation of facts and statistics.... I found myself paging on faster and faster and then didn't bother with the last few chapters.
One of this book's biggest achievements must be FIFA's new penalty system of ABBA - as this book showed that the current ABAB system is rigged 60% in favour of the team that takes the first penalty.
The book is hugely informative, yet synthesised in such a way that keeps the reader interested and wanting more.
Some great anecdotes within the book, and as a Chelsea fan, the chapter on penalties and game theory was a treat.
A must read for any well-informed football fan, and highly recommended.