Ken Bray is a theoretical physicist and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the University of Bath, UK. He has made a special study of the mathematics of football and the factors affecting the ball's flight, and has lectured, broadcast and published widely for both academic and general audiences. He worked as a consultant at Southampton FC during the 2005/6 season and his book 'How to score: science and the beautiful game' has been published in the UK and widely in Europe, the United States and Japan.
Ken has gone on record as saying that as much as 30% of a footballer's technique is down to an intuitive understanding of maths and science (although they shouldn't go anywhere near a computer!).