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'Why England Lose is an Ars? Wenger of a book - more thoughtful than most of its rivals and, by football standards, positively intellectual.' The Times

'It is rare, even after the great leaps football literature has taken in the past two decades, to find a book that takes the breath away, but Why England Lose does. Every page engages, entertains and challenges the lazy assumptions that still dominate football, not merely in its punditry, but all too often in the way that clubs are run.' FourFourTwo
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At last, football has its answer to Freakonomics, The Tipping Point and The Undercover Economist.

"Why do England lose?"
"Why do Newcastle United always buy the wrong players?"
"How could Nottingham Forest go from winning the European Cup to the depths of League One?"
"Penalties - what are they good for?"

These are questions every football fan has asked. Why England Lose answers them. It brings the techniques of bestselling books such as Freakonomics and The Undercover Economist to bear on our national sport. Written with an economist's brain and a football writer's skill, it applies high-powered analytical tools to everyday football topics.

Why England Lose isn't in the first place about money. It's about looking at data in new ways. It's about revealing counterintuitive truths about football. It explains all manner of things about the game which newspapers just can't see. It all adds up to a new way of looking at football, beyond clich?about "The Magic of the FA Cup", "England's Shock Defeat" and "Newcastle's New South American Star".

No training in economics is needed to read Why England Lose. But the reader will come out of it with a better understanding not just of football, but of how economists think and what they know.
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#1
such a pick at such a time!
good one though :P
#2
they played awful today, they deserved to lose !!!!!
#3
The better team won.
#4
It's because British clubs have a poor view of economics. They buy up the best players in the world and think money buys talent, so most team's players are foreign. The better method would be to try encourage and nurture home-grown talent. That way there'd be more half-decent English players eligible to play for the England team.
banned#5
need a manager that can speak english
#6
Great book. Shame the chapter on why England lose penalties is not relevant anymore!
#7
orlando08
Who needs to spend money on a book that explains "Why England Lose......?"

It's because we're crap.

End of.
:p


pretty much
#8
orlando08
Who needs to spend money on a book that explains "Why England Lose......?"

It's because we're crap.

End of.
:p


:w00t::w00t:
#9
The score looks like a penalty shoot-out score, We were shameful.

Going to be at least 8 years until we win the world cup now, No way will we win it in Brazil.

Brazil might as well be given the cup that year to save the heartache lol.
1 Like #10
What are you all on about???? We are the World Champions :) ...... and beat the Aussies again today :)
banned#11
anewman
It's because British clubs have a poor view of economics. They buy up the best players in the world and think money buys talent, so most team's players are foreign. The better method would be to try encourage and nurture home-grown talent. That way there'd be more half-decent English players eligible to play for the England team.


British clubs, my arse. English teams me thinks. Don't mention Rangers cos they are just English wannabees. As for Celtic, they are just the same but would love to be a grand old Irish team. What a bunch of losers both of these teams are. Anyway, don't include Scottish teams in your thesis.
#12
alexandercooper;8926816
The better team won.



agreed goal line tech required but england were awful....maybe we should go to the airport to boo.....in 40 odd years, aside from 5-10 mins, THE worst england performance ever
#13
shauneco;8927192
The score looks like a penalty shoot-out score, We were shameful.

Going to be at least 8 years until we win the world cup now, No way will we win it in Brazil.

Brazil might as well be given the cup that year to save the heartache lol.



cant be bothered to watch england now.....its all wrong in this country - i blame the FA - we need to start at grass roots level....playing AND mentality...id put roy mickey mouse in charge
#14
anewman
It's because British clubs have a poor view of economics. They buy up the best players in the world and think money buys talent, so most team's players are foreign. The better method would be to try encourage and nurture home-grown talent. That way there'd be more half-decent English players eligible to play for the England team.


Correct.

DaveLister
need a manager that can speak english


He does. How is your Italian?:roll:
#15
anewman;8926848
It's because British clubs have a poor view of economics. They buy up the best players in the world and think money buys talent, so most team's players are foreign. The better method would be to try encourage and nurture home-grown talent. That way there'd be more half-decent English players eligible to play for the England team.

agreed
#16
Booo!
#17
Why do we need a book to explain it????????????????????????????????/

Its simple, Over rated players, Over Paid players and over ego players that just want to score and not play as a team because goal scorers = Gillette and adidas adverts....
#18
moob
Correct.



He does. How is your Italian?:roll:


I think my Italian would be word perfect if I was on a £6m contract as the Italian manager:thumbsup:
#19
Our team just got confused. World Cup abbriviated = WC, they just thought we were meant to do crap in it :)
#20
David Beckham to manage England for 2014 :thumbsup:
#21
Probably the 'its the taking part that matters' culture in England doesn't help. Go to Australia and it is about winning- we need to get that going here and stop the politcally correct everyone's a winner crap.
#22
cycleman
I think my Italian would be word perfect if I was on a £6m contract as the Italian manager:thumbsup:


Suppose he doesn't need it to say 'arrivederci' when he gets the boot as a scapegoat.
#23
K1LLER HORNET
David Beckham to manage England for 2014 :thumbsup:


We'd have a better chance with "Posh" in charge - after all, we all know that she wears the trousers :whistling:
#24
K1LLER HORNET
David Beckham to manage England for 2014 :thumbsup:


Great idea. What with the huge experience he has at being a manager and his intellectual prowess, England just can't lose.
#25
wnofal
such a pick at such a time!
good one though :P


i think it was planned that way dont you? :roll:
#26
DaveLister
need a manager that can speak english


Que?
banned#27
News Just In:

All Future England matches have been moved to the gay adult channel. Apparantly the sight of 11 ars eholes getting hammered frequently for 90 minutes is far too explicit for BBC.
#28
In Germany the fans own 51% of the club, the tickets are like £15 (equivalant) and everyone has a good time. The fans play a much larger part in the running of the club. It's really great and a model we should follow.

Anyway, This deal is good. Heat + Rep.
#29
K1LLER HORNET
David Beckham to manage England for 2014 :thumbsup:


:roll:
#30
shauneco
The score looks like a penalty shoot-out score, We were shameful.

Going to be at least 8 years until we win the world cup now, No way will we win it in Brazil.

Brazil might as well be given the cup that year to save the heartache lol.


I cant honestly see England EVER winning the world cup again - weve been far far from being a world force for many decades now - our team (in world rankings) is getting worse and worse - i see nothing to suggest that this will change any time soon - just look ast the crop of young players we have coming through??....yeh WHAT players....once the Gerrards,Terry, Ferdinands,Lampards have gone, we really have almost NOTHING coming through....so at thr next world cup (if we even qualify - which i doubt) we will do well to even get out of the group.

The whole of english football needs looking at - we need to go AGAINST EU policy and have a cap on the number of foreigners allowed on the pitch at one time.
#31
moob
Correct.



He does. How is your Italian?:roll:


My italian isnt great BUT im not taking on managing a football team that can ONLY speak Italian
#32
lol people in the street next to use burned the flag, and wrtoe in chalk, endgland ware Wa*K!! had to laugh at that.
#33
Personally, I would be more interested in the book " Why do the english think our national team could actually win ".
#34
DBXdarkangel
Why do we need a book to explain it????????????????????????????????/

Its simple, Over rated players, Over Paid players and over ego players that just want to score and not play as a team because goal scorers = Gillette and adidas adverts....


That doesnt make sense though and TOTALLY skips over the REAL issue...... Messi, Ronaldo , Kaka etc etc are ALL over-rated and ALL over paid, yet they seem to be able to play football well and WILL win the world cup !! - so your theory unfortunately doesnt stack up, its just a knee-jerk reaction by jelous people.
#35
K1LLER HORNET
David Beckham to manage England for 2014 :thumbsup:


Embarrasing comment...:giggle:
#36
Excellent, and humorous choice.
But lads - the performance was appalling, too many overpaid prima donnas those Germans (and the poles and the turk) are on WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYY less money than any of these overpaid gits. Time to start paying for performances. Agreed that means English players would be starving in the streets......
#37
I'd give the job to 'Appy 'Arry
#38
why you need to buy a book just to find out that england can't play football???
#39
Cumbrian Hammer
Personally, I would be more interested in the book " Why do the english think our national team could actually win ".


Its called the media.....they hype everyone up and the sheep follow.

At the end of the day the stats dont lie...before the world cup england were ranked 12th in the world....about right...we're not good enough for quarter finals.....maybe last 16 is a fair result going by rankings
#40
DaveLister
need a manager that can speak english

haha...er..yeah right. **** players...and dumb fans.

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