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Review: Myths and Facts about Football

Posted by hakanrylander on October 8, 2008

The Independent today reviews an interesting book yet to be published; Myths and Facts about Football: The Economics and Psychology of the World’s Greatest Sport. The book draws together academic research from around the world, exploring a number of wellknown “facts” about football and submitting them to scientific and mathematical tests. Some are found to be myths, such as “teams run a greater risk of conceding just after scoring” and “taking the lead just before half-time makes a win much more likely”. While others are found to be true, e.g.  “goalkeepers dive too often for penalties” and “teams who celebrate goals collectively achieve better results”.

Seems like a bit of a goldmine. I’ll get back with a proper review once I’ve read the book.

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3 Responses to “Review: Myths and Facts about Football”

  1. I love football i’ll ofcourse try to read this book. Thanks for this post.

  2. While we wait for “A. Ferguson – my best blow-dryers”, Myths and Facts about Football Could be the most interesting book out since “Keane – the autobiography”.

  3. […] Universities of Dortmund and Cologne. The study is included in the recently published book “Myths and Facts About Football” (to be reviewed […]

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