Applying the American model of sports analytics to the beautiful game, Anderson and Sally’s pioneering study completely transforms our understanding of football tactics and strategy. Rigorous and illuminating yet accessible and entertaining, The Numbers Game will forever change the way you watch sport.
Football analytics is a growing trend in the English game as managers and coaches begin to welcome the number crunchers to the top table having belittled them as an irritant with little real use.
In America of course the numbers game has been played for many years and is a huge part of sports of all kinds. Anderson and Sally have begun to apply the American model with this fascinating book which really does change the way you watch the game of football; for the better in my opinion.
From the very first chapter and the stats on corners you realise you are reading something which will alter your understanding of how to win football matches. Whether it’s the number of goals scored every season in the top 5 leagues or the argument that 0 goals are actually better than 1 (you’ll have to read to find out why!) every part of this book has something to blow your mind.
If only it was a mandatory read for all the Match of the Day pundits!
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 277 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
'Does the impossible of making the beautiful game even more beautiful' - Malcolm Gladwell
'A must-read . . . Chris Anderson and David Sally have the ability to see football in a way few have before them. Be warned: The Numbers Game will change the way you think about your favourite team or player, and change the way you watch the beautiful game' - Billy Beane
'A fascinating and stylish investigation into a rapidly developing way of understanding football' - Jonathan Wilson, author of Inverting the Pyramid: The History of Football Tactics
'Whether you are a traditionalist or a numbers nut you can enjoy this book. It's thorough, accessible, and devoid of the absolute truths so many on both sides of the debate peddle.' - Gabriele Marcotti, football broadcaster and author
'It is the book that could change the game forever' - The Times
'... rush to read this book immediately. The game they love will take on new depth, colour and subtlety' - Ed Smith, The Times
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