What Can Football Learn From Moneyball?

Michael Lewis’ “Moneyball” documented the Oakland A’s attempts to find value in the baseball transfer market using statistics. For all the questions that it answered about baseball, it raised as many for the world of football. Managers and supporters flocked to the UK’s cinemas to watch Brad Pitt star as Billy Beane; the front office executive who masterminded baseball’s statistical revolution. Debate raged about how far a fluid sport like football could be reduced down to a game of numbers – to what extent could the philosophy of Moneyball revolutionise the beautiful game? …
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