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Country-Specific Goal-Scoring in the “Dying Seconds” of International Football Matches

Jan van Ours () and M.A. van Tuijl
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M.A. van Tuijl: Tilburg University, Center For Economic Research

No 2010-54, Discussion Paper from Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research

Abstract: This paper investigates whether there are country-specific characteristics in goalscoring in the final stage of important international football matches. We examine goal-scoring from 1960 onwards in full `A' international matches of six national teams: Belgium, Brazil, England, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. We analyze qualifying matches for the European Championship and World Cup and the matches at the final tournaments of these two events, the Copa America and the Confederations Cup. We find that the national teams of Germany, England and the Netherlands are more likely than the three other national teams to score in the last minute { including stoppage time. However, for Germans this comes at a cost. Germany is more likely to concede a goal in the dying seconds of a match than other countries. During our period of analysis, the national teams of Brazil and Italy only conceded one goal in the last minute. As to winning penalty shootouts, Germany outperforms the other five countries.

Keywords: football; goal-scoring; national team matches; full `A' international matches (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J44 L83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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