Does the Mobility of Football Players Influence the Success of the National Team?

26 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2007 Last revised: 20 Aug 2008

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Dirk G. Baur

University of Western Australia - Business School; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Sibylle Lehmann

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods; Trinity College (Dublin) - Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS)

Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

This paper is motivated by the observation that there is a large discrepancy among football nations regarding the number of football players that play in the national team and also in their home league. Two extreme examples are Argentina and Italy: Almost all members of the national team of Argentina play in a foreign football league and all national team players of Italy play in their home league. We focus on the question whether a country's success in international competitions significantly depends on the mobility of its football players. More specifically, we analyze whether a country's success is influenced (i) by the number of national team players that do not play in the home league and (ii) by the number of national team players from other countries that play in the home league. Our study is based on data of all 32 national football teams qualified for the FIFA World Cup in Germany 2006 including more than 700 players with a total estimated market value of almost four billion Euros. The main finding is that a country's success crucially depends on both imports and exports. This suggests that all countries that qualified for the World Cup gain from trade.

Keywords: Football, International Trade, Transfer market

JEL Classification: F13, F16, L80

Suggested Citation

Baur, Dirk G. and Lehmann, Sibylle, Does the Mobility of Football Players Influence the Success of the National Team? (April 2007). IIIS Discussion Paper No. 217. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=980936 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.980936

Dirk G. Baur (Contact Author)

University of Western Australia - Business School ( email )

School of Business
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Australia

Financial Research Network (FIRN)

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Queensland
Australia

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Sibylle Lehmann

Max Planck Society for the Advancement of the Sciences - Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods ( email )

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D-53113 Bonn, 53113
Germany

Trinity College (Dublin) - Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS) ( email )

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Trinity College
Dublin 2
Ireland

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