I’ve posted before about the use of statistics in football. The Numbers Game: Why everything you know about football is wrong by Chris Anderson and David Sally has now been published by Viking. This looks to be a detailed account of the use of data in football. Here is a brief excerpt from the publisher’s description:
We are at the dawn of football’s data revolution. From passes completed ratios to average transfer fees, we are blitzed by statistics – but mostly they only confuse and hide the real story. It’s time to find a way through this data minefield. Time to learn which numbers truly hold the key to winning matches. Time to discover which players and managers are really valuable, and why.