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 ImpossibleBut 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 GoneYears 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

8 thoughts on “Outside the Box: A Statistical Journey through the History of Football

  1. says:

    Great book, enjoyed it enormously All chapters around the Premier League are so rich of curious facts that it s impossible to remember them all, still the reading is very smooth and funny That s the main reason I liked it, the way Alexander writes, it does put a smile on your face, whoever you support The chapters about Liverpool with an homage to David Peace style , Wenger and World Cup are sensational, especially the first one even if i expect Scousers to disagree.

  2. says:

    Great book Great stats.

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    Thank you

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    Very enjoyable Not a dry book by any means a jocular very light hearted read that goes through each season of the Premier League and also looks at other wider issues in football history, some even predating the birth of football in 1992.

  7. says:

    Top stuff Factual and funny.