Monday, June 14, 2010

Five must-read books on soccer

For The Daily Beast, Joshua Robinson named five must-read books on soccer.

One title on the list:
by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski

When England inevitably gets eliminated in some tragic quarterfinal penalty shootout, the country may plunge into a summer-long depression. But Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski won’t be surprised. In fact, according to their counterintuitive economic analysis, England will have once again overachieved at the World Cup. Based on factors like population and wealth, they explain that there really isn’t much reason for countries like England and France to expect to do well at international tournaments. Meanwhile, they argue that countries like the United States and China are destined to become the next great superpowers of soccer. Even for the longtime fans who may disagree with the arguments—like the baseball purists who bristle at the mention of MoneyballSoccernomics provides a slew of talking points for the World Cup.
Read about the other books on the list.

Also see: Top ten soccer books.

--Marshal Zeringue