Proud Papa

Dubner is too modest to write this blog post himself, so I will do it for him.

Recently, Dubner wrote this piece, which got published on World Soccer Talk. You probably didn't know Dubner was such a soccer buff.  Actually, he's not.

This piece wasn't published by Stephen Dubner. It was published by Solomon Dubner, Stephen's 13-year-old son!

Brain Trauma in Soccer

Our very first Freakonomics Radio podcast focused on brain trauma among NFL players, and its link to chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Researchers now believe they've identified the first case of C.T.E. in a soccer player; from The New York Times:

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated blows to the head, has been found posthumously in the brain of a 29-year-old former soccer player, the strongest indication yet that the condition is not limited to athletes who played violent collision sports like football and boxing.

The researchers at Boston University who have diagnosed scores of cases of C.T.E. said Patrick Grange of Albuquerque represents the first named case of C.T.E. in a soccer player. On a four-point scale of severity, his was considered Stage 2.

How Is a Colonoscopy Like a Boring Soccer Match?

A reader named Florian Kern writes from Germany: "I was listening the other day to your very interesting podcast on memory and pain. Yesterday, then, I watched the incredibly boring soccer game between Germany and Kazakhstan."

When Should a Soccer Manager Insert His Subs?

Nifty article in today's Journal about a nifty study by Bret Myers of Villanova: "The pace and flow of soccer generally make it difficult for managers to affect the outcome of a match once it begins. Since soccer has almost no stoppages for coaches to draw on clipboards or strategize with their players, a manager's most critical in-game decision may be choosing when to utilize their three substitutions."

When It Comes to Sponsorship Dollars, Even Barca Blinks; Plus, a Barcelona Bleg

Not long ago, we made a Freakonomics Radio podcast asking whether the NFL might someday sell ad space on its jersey fronts, as soccer teams around the world already do. In European soccer in particular, the revenue can be substantial.

Soccer and Status

A new paper by Feng Chi and Nathan Yang asks a seemingly simple question: "Is there actually a link between (subjective) social status and wealth?"

A Clue to Referee Bias?

The BPS Research Digest reports that "[a] simple perceptual bias could influence football referees' judgments about whether a foul occurred or not."

Thaler on Soccer

Regulating soccer and financial markets.

Should the U.S. Really Try to Host Another World Cup?

The economic impact of hosting major sporting events.

What Will You Remember From the 2010 World Cup?

Dubner's World Cup memories.