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Have you ever heard of the book soccernomics by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski? It goes into a lot of detail there about population size of country and how good their national team is. It runs lots of linear regression tests and other statistical things to compare a country's population and gdp to how successful their national team is. There is a strong correlation between country size and also a country's gdp and how good their national team is. Think about it: bigger player pool, more training facilities, better coaches, more money to spend.
In the game against A&B we had poor pass after pass and many times our guys seemed to be on the wrong page. We would make a pass to open space as somebody would change directions in their run and the pass would not even be close. We couldn't read each other at all.
You wish. I think you should pick up Soccernomics. They have a pretty good argument as to why England will continue to under perform for years to come.
(it's basically because they don't have the networking prowess of the rest of Europe. [being an island] They also are too stubborn and self intitled to make the right decisions when it comes down to it. Don't get me wrong though, I love the English game and would love even more to see you guys win. I just thought this book made a good point.
This is one of the topics discussed in the book Soccernomics
Stats have everything to do with football. And if you don't believe me, read this book:
Read Soccernomics it kind of explains a lot of the statistical side of soccer. And it predicts the future Go USA!!!!
This series is building up to be good. Not much is said about what happens behind the scenes in the football money and player market, with people like Mendes, Kia Joorabchian (and the dodgy Tevez and Mascherano dealings) and a whole second tier of even worse operators who fly below the radar.
For some reason, Chelsea, Man City and ManU are never far away from these dodgy agents and promoters. Arsenal seem to steer clear, even though they are probably the most active club at the early end of the market and with upcoming talent.