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''Was Zidane honest or well-informed? How UEFA barely avoided a serious scandal''
( 2018, Vol. 38 No.1 )
UEFA European Championship 1996 qualification is known to violate strategy-proofness. It has been proved recently that a team could be better off by exerting a lower effort: it might be optimal to concede some goals in order to achieve a better position among runners-up, and hence avoid a hazardous play-off. We show that it is not only an irrelevant scenario with a marginal probability since France had an incentive to kick two own goals on its last match against Israel.
Keywords: OR in sport, UEFA Euro 1996, ranking, strategy-proofness
JEL: D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making: General
L8 - Industry Studies: Services: General
Manuscript Received : Dec 02 2017 Manuscript Accepted : Feb 09 2018

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