The Numbers Game by David Sally
Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong

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Even the most innumerate soccer fan will find in this book justification to add some math to make the world’s game even more beautiful.
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Moneyball meets Freakonomics in this myth-busting guide to understanding—and winning—the most popular sport on the planet - now with a new afterword on the 2014 World Cup!

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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Chris Anderson is Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine, a position he's held since 2001. In 2002 and 2004, he led the magazine to a 2002 National Magazine Awards nomination for General Excellence. He has worked at The Economist, where he served as U.S. Business Editor. His career began at the two premier science journals, Science and Nature, where he served in several editorial capacities. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from George Washington University and studied Quantum Mechanics and Science Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.
 
Published July 30, 2013 by Penguin Books. 392 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Sean Ingle on May 24 2013

Anderson and Sally are adroit at guiding their readers but never patronising or boring them – which isn't easy when you're explaining the importance to football...

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Kirkus

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on Jun 10 2013

Even the most innumerate soccer fan will find in this book justification to add some math to make the world’s game even more beautiful.

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Financial Times

Above average
Reviewed by Claire Jones on Jun 21 2013

...you are often left wondering whether the authors place too much faith in the “objective information” uncovered by the inevitably subjective questions they ask of the data.

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