Key Players and Key Groups in Teams: A Network Approach Using Soccer Data

37 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2010

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Sudipta Sarangi

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

Emre Unlu

Edge Hill University

Date Written: September 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper provides a way of evaluating a player's contribution to her team and relates her effort to her salaries. We collect data from UEFA Euro 2008 Tournament and construct the passing network of each team. Then we determine the key player in the game while ranking all the other players too. Next, we identify key groups of players to determine which combination of players played more important role in the match. Using 2010 market values and observable characteristics of the players, we show that players having higher intercentrality measures regardless of their field position have significantly higher market values.

Keywords: Social Networks, Team Game, Centrality Measures

JEL Classification: A14, C72, D85

Suggested Citation

Sarangi, Sudipta and Unlu, Emre, Key Players and Key Groups in Teams: A Network Approach Using Soccer Data (September 1, 2010). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1053, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1679776 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1679776

Sudipta Sarangi (Contact Author)

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Emre Unlu

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