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No evidence for second leg home advantage in recent seasons of European soccer cups

Simon Amez (UGent) , Stijn Baert (UGent) , Brecht Neyt (UGent) and Maarten Vandemaele
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Previous research on the advantage experienced by soccer teams playing the second leg of a knock-out confrontation at home yielded ambiguous evidence. Some studies confirmed the well-established soccer myth that this advantage is substantial while others did not find any significant evidence. We contribute to this literature by analysing all ‘non-seeded’ two-leg confrontations in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League between 2010 and 2017. We find that playing the second leg of a knock-out confrontation at home is not associated with a substantially higher chance of proceeding to the next stage of the tournament.
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soccer economics, sport sciences, home advantage, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League

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Amez, Simon, Stijn Baert, Brecht Neyt, and Maarten Vandemaele. 2019. “No Evidence for Second Leg Home Advantage in Recent Seasons of European Soccer Cups.” Applied Economics Letters.
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Amez, S., Baert, S., Neyt, B., & Vandemaele, M. (2019). No evidence for second leg home advantage in recent seasons of European soccer cups. Applied Economics Letters.
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Amez S, Baert S, Neyt B, Vandemaele M. No evidence for second leg home advantage in recent seasons of European soccer cups. Applied Economics Letters. 2019;
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Amez, Simon et al. “No Evidence for Second Leg Home Advantage in Recent Seasons of European Soccer Cups.” Applied Economics Letters (2019): n. pag. Print.
@article{8619662,
  abstract     = {Previous research on the advantage experienced by soccer teams playing the second leg of
a knock-out confrontation at home yielded ambiguous evidence. Some studies confirmed the
well-established soccer myth that this advantage is substantial while others did not find any
significant evidence. We contribute to this literature by analysing all ‘non-seeded’ two-leg
confrontations in the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League between 2010
and 2017. We find that playing the second leg of a knock-out confrontation at home is not
associated with a substantially higher chance of proceeding to the next stage of the tournament.},
  author       = {Amez, Simon and Baert, Stijn and Neyt, Brecht and Vandemaele, Maarten},
  journal      = {Applied Economics Letters},
  keywords     = {soccer economics,sport sciences,home advantage,UEFA Champions League,UEFA Europa League},
  title        = {No evidence for second leg home advantage in recent seasons of European soccer cups},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1080/13504851.2019.1630704},
  year         = {2019},
}

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