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Money and Soccer: A Soccernomics Guide

Nation: Perseus. Jun. 2015. 320p. notes. index. ISBN 9781568584768. pap. $16.99. SPORTS
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Does a new stadium guarantee future success? Is the game truly all about money? Can trophies be bought? Szymanski (Soccernomics; National Pastime) addresses these issues and more in his fast read that focuses on the business side of the sport and how it directly affects activity on the field. The author's expert-level knowledge about the equally complex worlds of soccer and finance shows in this well-researched book that covers a lot of ground, primarily focusing on the more modern history of soccer (or football) in western Europe; understandable as that is where most of the top clubs, players, and leagues are—and likewise where money has the greatest impact. Szymanski blends statistical analysis, narrative examples, and reviews of basic business concepts to present an educational read.
VERDICT A wonderful book for anyone with a slight interest in soccer or the business side of sports. The investigation is insightful and backed by strong statistics and evidence. For public libraries and academic collections serving business or sports management departments.

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