Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/75047
Authors: 
Schokkaert, Jeroen
Swinnen, Johan
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
LICOS Discussion Paper 329
Abstract: 
European Cup football has experienced a major change in firmat with the introduction of the Champions League in 1992 and a major change in admission rules with direct qualification for multiple teams from the highest ranked leagues in 1999. We show that, in line with popular press reports and other studies, qualification in lower rounds has become more predictable in the Champions League. At the same time, however, outcomes at later stages have become less predictable. We provide evidence and an explanation.
Subjects: 
Champions League
European Cup
Sports Tournaments
Uncertainty of Outcome
JEL: 
L83
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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