Soccermatics by David Sumpter
Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game (Bloomsbury Sigma)

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Whether he’s talking about the outlier brilliance of someone like Lionel Messi or the repercussions of managerial decisions or the depths of knowledge plumbed by the gambling establishment, Sumpter brings methods of mathematical understanding to all aspects of the game.
-The Maine Edge

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'Football looked at in a very different way' Pat Nevin, former Chelsea and Everton star and football media analyst

Football ? the most mathematical of sports. From shot statistics and league tables to the geometry of passing and managerial strategy, the modern game is filled with numbers, patterns and shapes. How do we make sense of them? The answer lies in the mathematical models applied in biology, physics and economics.

Soccermatics brings football and mathematics together in a mind-bending synthesis, using numbers to help reveal the inner workings of the beautiful game.

How is the Barcelona midfield linked geometrically?
What's the similarity between an ant colony and Total Football, Dutch style?
What can defenders learn from lionesses?
How much of a scoreline is pure randomness and how much is skill?
How can probability theory make you money at the bookies?

Welcome to the world of mathematical modelling, expressed brilliantly by David Sumpter through the prism of football. No matter who you follow ? from your local non-league side to the big boys of the Premiership, La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A or the MLS ? you'll be amazed at what mathematics has to teach us about the world's favourite sport.
 

About David Sumpter

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David Sumpter is a professor of applied mathematics at Uppsala University in Sweden, where he runs the Collective Behavior Research Group. Originally from London, he studied his Ph.D. in mathematics at Manchester and held academic research positions at both Oxford and Cambridge. This is his first book. He lives with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he trains a successful soccer team of nine-year-old boys. He lives in Uppsala, Sweden.
 
Published May 5, 2016 by Bloomsbury Sigma. 304 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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The Maine Edge

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Reviewed by Allen Adams on Jun 01 2016

Whether he’s talking about the outlier brilliance of someone like Lionel Messi or the repercussions of managerial decisions or the depths of knowledge plumbed by the gambling establishment, Sumpter brings methods of mathematical understanding to all aspects of the game.

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