The Football Code

The Science of Predicting the Beautiful Game

Author: James Tippett

Publisher: Self-Publisher

ISBN: 9781527211940

Category:

Page: 268

View: 7465

The Football Code outlines an innovative, ground-breaking philosophy that will change the way you watch the beautiful game. In a sport which is so largely dictated by randomness, how can we accurately assess the performance of teams, players and managers? How can we tell who is good and who is simply lucky? The Football Code teaches how a more scientific approach can eradicate the damaging effects of chance, leaving a clearer image of what is actually happening on the field of play. Only then can managers sign better players. Only then can pundits offer better judgements. Only then can fans compile better fantasy football teams. This book addresses the intrinsic errors and inefficiencies which plague the sport, whilst at the same time revealing the top secret methods that professional gambling syndicates use to predict future outcomes. Above all, it discloses the top secret, data-driven system that one football mastermind has used to make millions in the betting markets, and that has allowed the Championship team he owns to punch spectacularly above its financial weight. Football has finally found it's answer to baseball's 'Moneyball'. "Any fan who doesn't read this book will be left behind." - William Lund. "Unveils a revolutionary approach to the transfer market. Truly exceptional." - FootballNow. "A masterclass. The sport of football will never be the same again" - Levi Janssen.

Soccermatics

Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game

Author: David Sumpter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472924150

Category: Mathematics

Page: 288

View: 2014

'Football looked at in a very different way' Pat Nevin, former Chelsea and Everton star and football media analyst Football – the most mathematical of sports. From shot statistics and league tables to the geometry of passing and managerial strategy, the modern game is filled with numbers, patterns and shapes. How do we make sense of them? The answer lies in the mathematical models applied in biology, physics and economics. Soccermatics brings football and mathematics together in a mind-bending synthesis, using numbers to help reveal the inner workings of the beautiful game. This new and expanded edition analyses the current big-name players and teams using mathematics, and meets the professionals working inside football who use numbers and statistics to boost performance. Welcome to the world of mathematical modelling, expressed brilliantly by David Sumpter through the prism of football. No matter who you follow – from your local non-league side to the big boys of the Premiership, La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A or the MLS – you'll be amazed at what mathematics has to teach us about the world's favourite sport.

Outside the Box

A Statistical Journey through the History of Football

Author: Duncan Alexander

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473536774

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

View: 2258

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.

Goal: The Ball Doesn't Go In By Chance

Management Ideas from the World of Football

Author: F. Soriano

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230356117

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 203

View: 317

Contains fascinating facts that aren't found in either the sports or business press that reveal the behind the scenes world of international football. Soriano teaches us the importance of strategy as he examines how managers can waste millions of euros making decisions that lack any logic at all in both football and business.

The Numbers Game

Why Everything You Know About Soccer Is Wrong

Author: Chris Anderson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101628871

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 384

View: 9048

Moneyball meets Freakonomics in this myth-busting guide to understanding—and winning—the most popular sport on the planet - now with a new afterword on the 2014 World Cup! Innovation is coming to soccer, and at the center of it all are the numbers—a way of thinking about the game that ignores the obvious in favor of how things actually are. In The Numbers Game, Chris Anderson, a former professional goalkeeper turned soccer statistics guru, teams up with behavioral analyst David Sally to uncover the numbers that really matter when it comes to predicting a winner. Investigating basic but profound questions—How valuable are corners? Which goal matters most? Is possession really nine-tenths of the law? How should a player’s value be judged?—they deliver an incisive, revolutionary new way of watching and understanding soccer.

Coaching Transition Play - Full Sessions from the Tactics of Simeone, Guardiola, Klopp, Mourinho & Ranieri

Author: Michail Tsokaktsidis

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781910491126

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 4873

This book provides analysis of Simeone, Guardiola, Klopp, Mourinho and Ranieri's tactics. Michail Tsokaktsidis is a UEFA 'A' licence coach and has used this analysis to produce 23 full sessions (98 practices) including transition games, game situations and small sided games.

Profitable Football Betting

Author: Paul Steele

Publisher: Old Castle

ISBN: 9781843440178

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 775

An updated paperback edition with a new 03/04 season preview and fifteen system studies, this book shows where to bet and find valuable information, how to bet and how a profit can be made, plus a 2001/2002 season diary that shows how the author put his methods into operation to profitable effect.

Football Fortunes

Author: William Albert Hunter

Publisher: No Exit Press

ISBN: 9781874061694

Category: Gambling systems

Page: 140

View: 2864

Vital reading for anyone interested in soccer results forecasting, the pools or fixed-odds betting. Comprehensive advice is provided for both the novice and experienced bettor. Beginning with the fundamentals of results prediction and the laws of probability and odds and continuing with detailed explanations of forecasting systems and staking strategies, this book is a major help to any football punter full of statistics, tips and practical examples.

Data Analytics in Football

Positional Data Collection, Modelling and Analysis

Author: Daniel Memmert,Dominik Raabe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351210149

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 174

View: 5676

Data Analytics in Football provides students, researchers and coaches with a firm grounding in the principles of modern performance analysis. It offers an insight into the use of positional data, exploring how it can be collected, modelled, analysed and interpreted. Introducing cutting-edge methods, the book challenges long-held assumptions and encourages a new way of thinking about football analysis. ? Based on data collected from the German Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League, the book seeks to define the role of positional data in football match analysis by exploring topics such as: What is positional data analysis and how did it emerge from conventional match analysis? How can positional data be collected and which technologies can be used? What are the benefits of a data-driven approach to decision making in football? What Key Performance Indicators based on positional data should be used? How can traditional match analysis be complemented by using positional data and advanced KPIs? How can these new methods evolve in the future? ? Accessibly written, packed full of examples from elite football and supplemented with expert interviews (Ralf Rangnick, Urs Siegenthaler and others), Data Analytics in Football is a thought-provoking, rigorously evidence-based guide to the use of data analytics in football performance analysis. As such, it is a vital resource for any student, researcher or coach interested in performance analysis and skill acquisition, or anyone interested in football more generally.

Chance Rules

An Informal Guide to Probability, Risk and Statistics

Author: Brian Everitt

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387774152

Category: Mathematics

Page: 142

View: 1585

Chance continues to govern our lives in the 21st Century. From the genes we inherit and the environment into which we are born, to the lottery ticket we buy at the local store, much of life is a gamble. In business, education, travel, health, and marriage, we take chances in the hope of obtaining something better. Chance colors our lives with uncertainty, and so it is important to examine it and try to understand about how it operates in a number of different circumstances. Such understanding becomes simpler if we take some time to learn a little about probability, since probability is the natural language of uncertainty. This second edition of Chance Rules again recounts the story of chance through history and the various ways it impacts on our lives. Here you can read about the earliest gamblers who thought that the fall of the dice was controlled by the gods, as well as the modern geneticist and quantum theory researcher trying to integrate aspects of probability into their chosen speciality. Example included in the first addition such as the infamous Monty Hall problem, tossing coins, coincidences, horse racing, birthdays and babies remain, often with an expanded discussion, in this edition. Additional material in the second edition includes, a probabilistic explanation of why things were better when you were younger, consideration of whether you can use probability to prove the existence of God, how long you may have to wait to win the lottery, some court room dramas, predicting the future, and how evolution scores over creationism. Chance Rules lets you learn about probability without complex mathematics.

The Signal and the Noise

Why So Many Predictions Fail, But Some Don't

Author: Nate Silver

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143125087

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 534

View: 4893

The founder of FiveThirtyEight.com challenges myths about predictions in subjects ranging from the financial market and weather to sports and politics, profiling the world of prediction to explain how readers can distinguish true signals from hype, in a report that also reveals the sources and societal costs of wrongful predictions.

The Sports Gene

Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

Author: David Epstein

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 161723012X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 352

View: 4687

A Sports Illustrated senior writer's controversial exploration of the genetic underpinnings of athletic success explores the roles of both biology and training, arguing that nature and training are equally necessary components of athletic achievement while considering such topics as race, gender and genetic testing.

Beautiful Game Theory

How Soccer Can Help Economics

Author: Ignacio Palacios-Huerta

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400850312

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 4507

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.

The European Game

The Secrets of European Football Success

Author: Daniel Fieldsend

Publisher: Birlinn Publishers

ISBN: 9781909715486

Category: Soccer

Page: 352

View: 1429

The European Game is an adventure. Over three months Dan Fieldsend travelled the continent discovering the methods for success used at some of the biggest clubs in Europe, from Ajax and Juventus, to Feyenoord, Inter Milan, Bayern Munch, Benfica, Athletic Bilbao and many more. At each institution he visited, Fieldsend delved to the very heart of what made the club tick, speaking to members of staff all the way up the hierarchical ladder, from scouts and academy coaches to first team managers, analysts and board members, pulling back the curtain to reveal their day to day workings. This book is about travel, about society, about identity and attachment. It comprises leadership, tactics, coaching and scouting as well as politics, finance, fandom and culture. This is a broad investigation into Europe's relationship with football and what nations can learn from one another, celebrating the uniqueness of football clubs around the continent and the culture of their nations, and exploring whether or not the methods they implement with success can be instilled in other domestic leagues.

Squares & Sharps, Suckers & Sharks

The Science, Psychology & Philosophy of Gambling

Author: Joseph Buchdahl

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 1843448599

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 352

View: 8312

People have been gambling, in one form or another, for as long as history itself. Why? Money, entertainment, escape and a desire to win are all traditional explanations. Arguably, however, these are secondary considerations to a higher order purpose: a craving for control. Gambling offers a means of gaining authority over the unknown, granting us a sense of control over uncertainty. Almost always that sense is illusionary - gambling, including betting and investing, is essentially random - yet for many it is nonetheless profoundly rewarding. This book attempts to explore the reasons why. Along the way, it examines: The science of probability and uncertainty; Why gambling is often condemned; The difference between expectation and utility; The irrationality of human beings; Evolutionary perspectives on gambling; Luck and skill; Market efficiency and the wisdom of crowds; Why winners take all; Cheating; Why the process matters more than the outcome.

Gold Medal Physics

The Science of Sports

Author: John Eric Goff

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801897939

Category: Science

Page: 232

View: 9267

Fun, witty, and imbued throughout with admiration for the simple beauty of physics, Gold Medal Physics is sure to inspire readers to think differently about the next sporting event they watch.

The Perfect Bet

How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling

Author: Adam Kucharski

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465098592

Category: Mathematics

Page: 288

View: 4337

For the past 500 years, gamblers-led by mathematicians and scientists-have been trying to figure out how to pull the rug out from under Lady Luck. In The Perfect Bet, mathematician and award-winning writer Adam Kucharski tells the astonishing story of how the experts have succeeded, revolutionizing mathematics and science in the process. The house can seem unbeatable. Kucharski shows us just why it isn't. Even better, he demonstrates how the search for the perfect bet has been crucial for the scientific pursuit of a better world.

The Lost Symbol

A Novel

Author: Dan Brown

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 1400079144

Category: Fiction

Page: 639

View: 4041

The discovery of a mysterious object in the U.S. Capitol building and a subsequent kidnapping lead Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into a web of mysterious codes, secret locations, and hidden knowledge.

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

Author: Michael Lewis

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393330478

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 339

View: 2896

Follows one young man from his impoverished childhood with a crack-addicted mother, through his discovery of the sport of football, to his rise to become one of the most successful, highly-paid players in the NFL.

The Smart Money

How the World's Best Sports Bettors Beat the Bookies Out of Millions

Author: Michael Konik

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743281721

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 384

View: 1806

A riveting inside look at the lucrative world of professional high-stakes sports betting by a journalist who lived a secret life as a key operative in the world's most successful sports gambling ring. When journalist Michael Konik landed an interview with Rick "Big Daddy" Matthews, the largest bet he'd placed on a sporting event was $200. Konik, an expert blackjack and poker player, was no stranger to Vegas. But Matthews was in a different league: the man was rumored to be the world's smartest sports bettor, the mastermind behind "the Brain Trust," a shadowy group of gamblers known for their expertise in beating the Vegas line. Konik had heard the word on the street -- that Matthews was a snake, a conniver who would do anything to gain an edge. But he was also brilliant, cunning, and charming. And when he asked Konik if he'd like to "make a little money" during the football season, the writer found himself seduced . . . So began Michael Konik's wild ride as an operative of the elite Brain Trust. In The Smart Money, Konik takes readers behind the veil of secrecy shrouding the most successful sports betting operation in America, bypassing the myths and the rumors, going all the way to its innermost sanctum. He reveals how they -- and he -- got rich by beating the Vegas lines and, ultimately, the multimillion-dollar offshore betting circuit. He details the excesses and the betrayals, the horse-trading and the paranoia, that are the perks and perils of a lifestyle in which staking inordinate sums of money on the outcome of a single event -- sometimes as much as $1 million on a football game -- is a normal part of doing business.