International Soccer Success and National Institutions
A growing literature has examined the causes of success in international soccer. We build on this literature by constructing a model of international success, as measured by the number of ``FÃ©dÃ©ration Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) points'' a national team has earned and by the resulting rank. We generate testable hypotheses about the impact of a nation's political regime, colonial heritage, and institutions on its soccer performance. Using ordinary least squares (OLS) and negative binomial regressions, we show that our proxies for these variables affect soccer performance. Specifically, we find that the international success of a country's club teams positively affects the national team's success.
Volume (Year): 10 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (August)
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