Outside the Box A Statistical Journey Through the History of Football

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Publisher's Synopsis

In football, numbers are everywhere. From touches in the opposition box to expected goals, clear-cut chances to win-loss ratios.

In the modern game, these numbers help provide the narrative, the drama, and the conversation. They are scrutinised in order to justify results and to predict future outcomes. They even dictate transfer policy and drive clubs to achieve the impossible.

But when did the numbers become so important and what do they mean?

In Outside the Box, Duncan Alexander looks back at twenty-five years of the Premier League and beyond, uncovering the hidden truths and accepted myths that surround the game. Using the archives of OptaJoe and never-before-seen data, we discover why Liverpool have gone 27 years without winning a league title and why Lionel Messi is the best player in the game's history. Or is he?

Insightful, wry, and hugely entertaining, Outside the Box is an enlightening and accessible account of football across the decades, analysing data from the some of the greatest seasons, players, teams and managers.

About the Publisher

Century

Century

Century was founded in 1981 and immediately established itself as an exceptionally dynamic publisher of bestselling authors, a tradition continued to this day. The Century list includes brand-name novelists such as James Patterson, Karin Slaughter, Lisa Jewell and Katie Fforde, and we are also proud to be publishing compelling and powerful debut novels such as Wool by Hugh Howey and Until You?re Mine by Samantha Hayes. Century's diverse non-fiction list includes Sunday Times bestseller Ross Kemp and autobiographies from major celebrities such as Rod Stewart, Peter Kay, Dawn French, James Corden, Eric Clapton and David Jason, and a broad range of exceptional non-fiction writing from authors such as Richard Bacon, Duncan Hamilton, and Christopher Sykes.

Book information

ISBN: 9781780895611
Publisher: Random House
Imprint: Century
Pub date:
DEWEY: 796.3340942021
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xi, 331
Weight: 460g
Height: 222mm
Width: 144mm
Spine width: 32mm