Penguin Book

The Numbers Game

Chris Anderson, David Sally

Football's hidden rules revealed - a Moneyball meets Freakonomics for the most popular sport on the planet.

We are at the dawn of football's data revolution. From passes completed ratios to average transfer fees, we are blitzed by statistics - but mostly they only confuse us and hide the real story.

It's time to find a way through this data minefield. Time to learn which numbers truly hold the key to winning matches. Time to discover which players and managers are really valuable, and why.

Chris Anderson is a former professional goalkeeper in the Bundesliga. Now a football statistics guru, he is feted by the world's leading clubs. In this incisive, myth-busting book with behavioural analyst David Sally, he uncovers the numbers that count. Among the astonishing results, you'll discover why preventing a goal is more valuable than scoring one, why taking too many shots might kill you, and why it is far better to improve your worst player than buy a superstar.

Chris Anderson is a pioneer of football analytics, and a professor at Cornell University in New York, after appointments at Oxford and Stanford. He consults with leading clubs, writes the popular Soccer by the Numbers blog, and contributes to the New York Times.

David Sally is a Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where he analyses the way people play, compete and make decisions.

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214 x 153mm
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