Quantifying Fútbol: Soccernomics with Stefan Szymanski and Simon Kuper

soccernomicsSoccernomics has been called “the Barcelona of football books” and the “Moneyball of soccer.” On Tuesday, April 16, FSF discussed this influential book with the authors: Stefan Szymanski (in East Lansing) and Simon Kuper (via Skype).

One of the most important questions asked was: How does the introduction of big data and “soccer analytics” change our understanding of fútbol clubs, fans, and nations? The forum also featured intriguing comparisons between Western Europe and the United States.

Joining the authors were: Andrew Guest, Brian Bunk, Christoph Wagner, Corry Cropper, David Kilpatrick, James Dorsey, Mark Siegel, Hikabwa Chipande,  Christian Orlic, Benjamin Dettmar, Peter Demopoulos, Steven Apostolov, Tom McCabe, Alex Galarza, and Peter Alegi.
Listen to the audio from the session here (mp3).

FSF April: Soccernomics

soccernomicsOn Tuesday, April 16, at 2pm Eastern Time (11am Pacific, 7pm GMT), FSF will meet to discuss Soccernomics by Stefan Szymanski and Simon Kuper.

Combining an economist’s brain with a sports writer’s skill, the book applies serious data analysis to everyday soccer topics, revealing counterintuitive truths about the professional game and offering a potentially revolutionary way of looking at fútbol.

Stefan Szymanski will join us here in East Lansing for the session. He is the Stephen J. Galetti Professor of Sport Management at the University of Michigan. He started researching the economics of professional football in 1989, and has since come to spend his entire time researching the economics and business of sport. He has published extensively on sports related subjects, acted as a consultant to sport governing bodies and national governments, and appeared in court as an expert witness on the economics of sport. Szymanski is a founding partner, with Simon Kuper and Ben Lyttleton, of the Soccernomics consultancy.

Members who would like to participate in the online Skype discussion should contact Alex Galarza (galarza [dot] alex [at] gmail [dot] com) with your Skype name as he will be running the show.