Optajoe S Football Yearbook 2016

Author: Duncan Alexander
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781473536678
Size: 16.18 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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Kane or Vardy? Pep or José? Pulis or ... anybody else? Football is a game of opinions. A world where received wisdom and the law of the hunch reign supreme. But football is becoming more intelligent. The history books may say that Leicester City winning the premier league ‘defied logic’, but if you looked more closely, they were always going to win . . . From distances run to pass success rate, shots on target to corners won, counter-attacks to tackles made, Opta, the world’s leading sports data company, records everything. But what does it all mean? And how can it add to our love of the game? From the author and statistician behind the popular OptaJoe Twitter account, what follows is a hugely entertaining and insightful guide to football in 2016, analysing data from the world's greatest teams, players, leagues and tournaments. Stats can never tell us everything, but combining cutting-edge analysis with wry humour, this book debunks countless myths peddled by pundits, managers, and even players. The ideas that follow are both surprising and satisfying, but may also leave you with the feeling that ‘yes, that’s what I was thinking all along’.

Outside The Box

Author: Duncan Alexander
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781473536777
Size: 13.35 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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In football, numbers are everywhere. From touches in the opposition box to expected goals, clear-cut chances to win-loss ratios. In the modern game, these numbers help provide the narrative, the drama, and the conversation. They are scrutinised in order to justify results and to predict future outcomes. They even dictate transfer policy and drive clubs to achieve the impossible. But when did the numbers become so important and what do they mean? In Outside the Box, Duncan Alexander looks back at twenty-five years of the Premier League and beyond, uncovering the hidden truths and accepted myths that surround the game. Using the archives of OptaJoe and never-before-seen data, we discover why Liverpool have gone 27 years without winning a league title and why Lionel Messi is the best player in the game’s history. Or is he? Insightful, wry, and hugely entertaining, Outside the Box is an enlightening and accessible account of football across the decades, analysing data from the some of the greatest seasons, players, teams and managers.

The Football Ramble

Author: Marcus Speller
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781473537965
Size: 18.16 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
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Downloaded over ten million times a year the Football Ramble podcast has established itself as the essential, independent voice of football punditry. The weekly podcast has resonated with supporters around the world and their sold-out live shows have been a massive hit. This book is a collaboration from all four presenters and will tackle the real issues from fans you won’t see or hear on Sky Sports, or anywhere else for that matter. From the weird and wonderful, from the Alan Pardew to the Kevin Keegan, the Ramble has it covered. Putting all aspects of the game under the microscope, this book is a timely reminder of why we just can’t take our minds off football.

The European Football Yearbook 14 15

Author: Mike Hammond
Publisher: Carlton Publishing Group
ISBN: 1780975678
Size: 13.98 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
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The 27th edition of the only statistical pro soccer reference book supported by the UEFA Lavishly illustrated with maps, artworks, and photos, this ultimate reference contains everything that a soccer fan will need to watch their favorite team or country as they battle for glory. It begins with a review of UEFA competitions, at club and national levels, for adults, Under- 17, Under-19, and Under-21, plus women's football. A detailed review of the FIFA World Cup 2014 is followed by the thought-provoking Top 100 Players of the Season section, with each of the 100 top stars in Europe—not just those who represent UEFA member nations—discussed with biographical and statistical information. At the core of the book is the statistical review of all 54 UEFA member nations' domestic competitions, not just league tables, but a full results service (with dates, venues, and scorers for every league match), plus appearance infomation for each club in the league and main cup competition. The last section concentrates on the clubs in the top division of each member nation for the upcoming season, with a map of the country and information on each of their European competition entrants. An appendix gives details of UEFA, an events calendar for UEFA competitions in 2014/15, and the 2016 UEFA European Championship qualifying competition.

Beautiful Game Theory

Author: Ignacio Palacios-Huerta
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9781400850310
Size: 17.49 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
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A wealth of research in recent decades has seen the economic approach to human behavior extended over many areas previously considered to belong to sociology, political science, law, and other fields. Research has also shown that economics can provide insight into many aspects of sports, including soccer. Beautiful Game Theory is the first book that uses soccer to test economic theories and document novel human behavior. In this brilliant and entertaining book, Ignacio Palacios-Huerta illuminates economics through the world's most popular sport. He offers unique and often startling insights into game theory and microeconomics, covering topics such as mixed strategies, discrimination, incentives, and human preferences. He also looks at finance, experimental economics, behavioral economics, and neuroeconomics. Soccer provides rich data sets and environments that shed light on universal economic principles in interesting and useful ways. Essential reading for students, researchers, and sports enthusiasts, Beautiful Game Theory is the first book to show what soccer can do for economics.