Bloomsbury has signed a debut book from mathematician David Sumpter, looking at the statistical background behind football.
Commissioning editor Jim Martin signed world rights to More than a Game in a deal with Chris Wellbelove at Greene & Heaton.
The book will published on Bloomsbury's Sigma imprint for popular science, and released on 12th May 2016, to coincide with the Champions League and FA Cup finals.
Martin said: "The opportunity to publish this book – featuring topics such as the geometry of Real Madrid, and the similarities between an ant colony and the Total Football of Cruyff, Rep and Neeskens – was something Sigma simply had to grasp. I can’t wait for supporters worldwide to read it. The game needs more game theory."