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Can We Be Satisfied With Our Football Team? Evidence From Spanish Professional Football

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  • Francisco Gonzalez-Gomez

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    (Universidad de Granada)

  • Andres J. Picazo-Tadeo

    (Universitat de Valencia)

Abstract

This article assesses the sporting performance of Spanish professional football teams at competition level, namely, League, King's Cup, and European competitions (Champions League and Union of European Football Associations [UEFA] Cup). Then, the gap between the result obtained by a team at the end of a season and that expected according to its potential is used as a proxy of the degree of satisfaction that fans should feel: the narrower the gap the greater the level of satisfaction. Regarding methodology, Data Envelopment Analysis techniques and directional distance functions are used. Results reveal that most teams perform rather differently across competitions, the lower average performance corresponding to the King's Cup.

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Volume (Year): 11 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (August)
Pages: 418-442

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Handle: RePEc:sae:jospec:v:11:y:2010:i:4:p:418-442

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Keywords: sports; Spanish football league; competition-specific performance; supporter satisfaction; Data Envelopment Analysis;

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  3. Andrés Picazo-Tadeo & Francisco Gónzalez-Gómez & Jorge Guardiola Wanden-Berghe, 2011. "Referee home bias due to social pressure. Evidence from Spanish football," Working Papers, Department of Applied Economics II, Universidad de Valencia 1119, Department of Applied Economics II, Universidad de Valencia.

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