Central European Journal of Operations Research

, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 413–432

Does playing several competitions influence a team’s league performance? Evidence from Spanish professional football

  • Andrés J. Picazo-Tadeo
  • Francisco González-Gómez
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10100-009-0117-z

Cite this article as:
Picazo-Tadeo, A.J. & González-Gómez, F. Cent Eur J Oper Res (2010) 18: 413. doi:10.1007/s10100-009-0117-z


The sporting performance of professional football teams has often been assessed considering their results in the major regular competition, namely the national league. Here, we show that evaluating league performance without controlling for extra games played in other competitions might produce misleading results. Using Data Envelopment Analysis, we assess the performance of Spanish professional football teams in the League controlling for the extra games played in the King’s Cup, Champions League and UEFA Cup. Results show that assessing performance omitting extra games underestimates teams’ true performance in the League, the more extra games played leading to greater bias. Consequently, the multioutput nature of football must be considered when assessing team performance.


Data Envelopment Analysis Performance Spanish professional football 

JEL Classification

C14 C61 L83 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrés J. Picazo-Tadeo
    • 1
  • Francisco González-Gómez
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Economía Aplicada II, Facultad de EconomíaUniversidad de ValenciaValenciaSpain
  2. 2.Departamento de Economía Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y SociologíaUniversidad de GranadaGranadaSpain

Personalised recommendations