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Numbers on the Football Pitch – Science with a Kick

Why is the 11 metre point at 11 metres? Would a different distance have been better? And why are there 11 players on a team? Some fans may have asked themselves these questions, but who knows the answers?

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Physicist John Wesson and young football players are systematically looking into the secrets of the game. He has no high-tech laboratory, but uses mathematics and creative and even downright off-beat ideas. He applies everything from statistics to game theory to find a comprehensive scientific description of football.

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