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Beautiful Game Theory by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta

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If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.

—LUCIUS ANNAEUS SENECA, LETTERS FROM A STOIC

THINK FIRECRACKERS, FLYING BOTTLES, FLARES RAGING THROUGH THE stands, agitated police dogs, and the lingering threat of violence. Think homemade bombs, street battles, and prearranged match-day fights with stones, baseball bats, and knives. Think racist chanting and swastikas.

Chances are you will find them at these games: Flamengo vs. Fluminense in Brazil, Ajax vs. Feyenoord in Holland, Olympiakos vs. Panathinaikos in Greece, Liverpool vs. Manchester United in England, Red Star vs. Partizan in Serbia, Barcelona ...

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