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Why England Loses; Why Germany, Spain, and France Win; and Why One Day Japan, Iraq, and the United States Will Become Kings...

By Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski
19-minute read
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Soccernomics: Why England Loses; Why Germany, Spain, and France Win; and Why One Day Japan, Iraq, and the United States Will Become Kings of the World’s Most Popular Sport by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

Soccernomics (2009) applies economic and data analysis to explore the way the sport of soccer is played, watched and run. It explores everything from whether world cups make us happier to why Western Europe continues to dominate the sport globally. In the process, Soccernomics shows us that much of what we think about the world’s most popular sport is wrong.

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“I’m a big football fan, and I’ve always considered myself to be somewhat an expert on the beautiful game. These blinks proved me wrong. Using data analysis they explain how football really works – from how players act on the field, to how the managers and owners behave off it. If you want to get a unique insight into the sport of football, these blinks are for you!”

– Thomas, Editor at Blinkist

  • Fans of soccer everywhere
  • Readers interested in the behind-the-scenes reality of how soccer works
  • Anyone who wants to understand why some teams succeed and others don’t

Simon Kuper is a renowned soccer writer. He writes for the Financial Times and has won the William Hill prize for sports book of the year. Stefan Szymanski is a professor of sport management at the University of Michigan.

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