Myths and Facts about Football

Myths and Facts about Football

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This book presents accounts of economic and psychological analyses of association football (or a€œsoccera€ as it is popularly known in the USA). As football is widely accepted to be the worlda€™s most popular sport, the case for scientific investigation of its characteristics is self-evident. As the contributions to this book demonstrate, the game of football offers an ideal opportunity to empirically investigate a wide range of broad issues, for example: behavioural decision-making; judgmental forecasting; motivation; game-theoretic models of strategic choice; competition and labour markets. Are teams more likely to concede a goal after having just scored? Does the team going first in a penalty shoot-out have an advantage? Should goal-keepers dive or stay put for penalty kicks? Do referees make decisions consistently? Why do fans like their teams? What factors influence the career of footballers? How well can experts predict football matches? How accurate are prediction markets? How does the stock-market react to match outcomes? These questions and others are addressed in this book. A particular focus is the investigation of popular conceptionsa€”and misconceptionsa€”about football. Of interest to psychologists, behavioural economists and football enthusiasts with an analytic approach to understanding the game, this book brings together contributions from a range of academic disciplines and will stimulate further research into football and the intriguing insights into behaviour it offers. See feature article in The Independent, October 8th, 2008: Listen to interview with Patric Andersson on Swedish National Radio Read Chris Charlesa€™s blog on BBC website: 1999, a correction for the number of matches played per team was made by dividing the sum of the coefficients by ... team FLHT SLHT ability abilityability aˆ’ =I” (2) divided by the number of knock-out rounds in the corresponding period.

Title:Myths and Facts about Football
Author:Patric Andersson, Peter Ayton, Carsten Schmidt
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2009-10-02


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