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Trevor

Trevor Camblesforth, United Kingdom Member Since 2009

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  • "Hidden Gem"

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    I really did not expect much from this book, and even now don't know why I bought it. I seem to think it was the "other curious phenomena" that sold it too me.

    I had it in the wishlist for ages, and decided to take the plunge.

    After Chapter 1 I was gripped. I'm not joking, this is the best football book by a country mile. If you are into football you need to read this. Its excellent !!

    Yes the first chapter is about England, but after that it is fascinating. A complete analysis from a statistical point of view about all sorts of stuff, from penalty taking to numbers of black players in clubs, how salary dictates sucesss etc.

    There is an absolutely fascinating piece about the Chelsea v Man Utd European Champions final shoot out. I can't stand either club, and wish they were knocked out well before the final, but I tell you the story presented is amazing and true. You can watch it on You Tube.

    For me the title of the book was wrong as is the cover. (don't get into the judge a book by the cover thing), it looks like a very tame book on England's woes. In reality, its the best Foootball book out there. It has now been renamed Soccernomics so I'm told, which does fall nicely into the Freakonomics series.

    Its a great book - I recommend it to all football fans.

    Its not just England, but goes into tables of the lower leagues as well.

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    Why do England lose? Why does Scotland suck? Why doesn't America play the sport internationally... and why do the Germans play with such an efficient but robotic style?

    Using insights and analogies from economics, statistics, psychology and business to cast a new and entertaining light on how the game works, "Why England Lose" reveals the often surprisingly counterintuitive truths about soccer.

    Gary Black says: "Not just why England (will) lose!"
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Sir Alex Ferguson: football legend

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