- Taschenbuch: 480 Seiten
- Verlag: HarperSport (24. April 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0007586523
- ISBN-13: 978-0007586523
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 3 x 19,7 cm
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Soccernomics (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. April 2014
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`an Arsene Wenger of a book - more thoughtful than most of its rivals and, by football standards, positively intellectual.' The Times `Soccernomics is the intellectual's guide to football, written for the layman. No matter what nation, club (or even sport, really) you support, you'll walk away from this book with an insightful new point of view that will cause you to never look at the game quite the same way again.' Bleacher Report `...the author Simon Kuper and the economist Stefan Szymanski do for soccer what "Moneyball" did for baseball.' New York Times `Every page engages, entertains and challenges the lazy assumptions that still dominate football, not merely in its punditry, but all too often in the way that clubs are run.' FourFourTwo
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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).
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It does have a few problems, and a number of the conclusions the authors reach have gaping logical flaws. Specifically, they spend considerable time (correctly) reminding readers that there is a difference between causation and correlation, yet they proceed to make the exact same mistake on multiple occassions, particularly as relates to salary vs. transfer investment, a core discussion point of the book. They also spend a quite exhaustive (and frankly nauseating) amount of time explicitly making the point that this book is the soccer version of "Moneyball". The entire first chapter is basically a ham-fisted advertisement for this claim.
But those are the complaints. There are many good reasons to read this--- it is engaging in its narrative, and educational even to those already familiar with many of the concepts. And the anecdotal evidence (often a weakness in books of this genre) is actually mouthwateringly good.... many tidbits that simply aren't part of the mainstream coverage of the sport, even for those who geek heavily on soccer blogs.
Probably, this is "must read" if you really study the global game. But you will take umbrage with some of the conclusions. Maybe that's normal-- we all have a unique passion for the beautiful game.
That being said, there are certain chapters of this book that draw conclusions that are either boring, or wrong. For instance, the chapter comparing the parity of the NFL and the EPL draws the conclusion that the NFL and EPL are relatively equal in parity(despite NFL having 12 champions since the EPLs conception and the EPL having 5 champions, and one team with more than half the titles). I had to really force myself through the chapter on which country is most crazed about soccer. I felt that the conclusion was only slightly interesting, and the methodology not interesting whatsoever.
This book is certainly unique, and you can get perspectives that aren't really available elsewhere. I'd reccomend this book if your a big fan of soccer, but if you are just a casual, this book probably doesn't have too much to offer you.