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Upsets, giant-killings, adios, bye-bye: FIFA rankings STILL ahead in predicting results

* At the completion of the Italy-Costa Rica match in Group D in Recife, half of the 2014 World Cup group...

From Man Utd at £1bn to Wigan at £43m: what’s your club REALLY worth?

. Recent months have seen some extraordinary numbers bandied around for the values of English Premier League clubs. Arsenal were rumoured...

‘Are you the new Bill James? MCFC will give you data worth thousands to find out’

* GAVIN FLEIG is the head of performance analysis at the reigning Premier League champions, Manchester City. He heads up a...

Olympic medals: the nations who make the most of their population and cash

. By Nick Harris SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year 23 July 2012 There is typically a strong relationship between the size of...

The sacking of football managers as an exact science: who got it right and wrong

* In 2009, Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger likened being a football manager to living on a volcano: any day could be...

The NFL, salaries, success and the chaos of relative fairness

By Sportingintelligence 6 February 2012 The NFL has the 'fairest' distribution of salaries across its 32 teams of any of the 'big...

Boffins tip Chelsea’s experience to give them edge over Manchester duo in title race

By Nick Harris SJA Internet Sports Writer of the Year 9 September 2011 The resumption of the Premier League this weekend after the...

It’s official: The referee’s a homer, and ‘Fergie-time’ is a reality

. In their “Freakonomics for sports” book, Scorecasting, Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim challenge conventional wisdom, uncover the hidden...

Football fans believe gay players will soon feel comfortable out of the closet

By Nick Harris 10 August 2010 Researchers at Staffordshire University studying the extent to which homophobia is common within football have found...

REVEALED: Biased rugby referees in both codes hand big advantage to own countries

By Nick Harris 29 July 2010 Rugby referees in charge of matches featuring teams from their own country against foreign teams tend...

REVEALED: England ‘have ideal age profile’ to pip Spain to 2010 World Cup

By Nick Harris 8 June 2010 England will reach the World Cup final and beat Spain to lift the trophy, according to...

Leading economist: ‘Falling pound behind Premier League clubs’ failure in Champions League’

By Nick Harris 8 April 2010 The failure of England’s leading football clubs to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League...

‘English clubs did not under-perform; they did what economics suggested they would’

By Lionel Page 8 April 2010 As an academic with an interest in economic analysis, the downfall of the English teams in...

Running in bare feet “reduces chance of damage to legs”

2 February New research led by Harvard and reported in the current edition of Nature journal has shown that people who...

The economics and psychology of football – conference papers and panels wanted

27 January 2010 With the World Cup in South Africa just around the corner, the third international conference on the 'Economics...