The Numbers Game
Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong
ISBN 9780143124566 | 384 pages | 30 Jul 2013 | Penguin | 7.99 x 5.31in | 18 - AND UP
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Moneyball meets Freakonomics in this myth-busting guide to understanding—and winning—the most popular sport on the planet
Innovation is coming to soccer, and at the center of it all are the numbers—a way of thinking about the game that ignores the obvious in favor of how things actually are. In The Numbers Game, Chris Anderson, a former professional goalkeeper turned soccer statistics guru, teams up with behavioral analyst David Sally to uncover the numbers that really matter when it comes to predicting a winner. Investigating basic but profound questions—How valuable are corners? Which goal matters most? Is possession really nine-tenths of the law? How should a player’s value be judged?—they deliver an incisive, revolutionary new way of watching and understanding soccer.
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