University of Twente Student Theses


Predictors of Football Player Performance at sub-top Eredivisie clubs

Dooren, Kayleigh van (2023) Predictors of Football Player Performance at sub-top Eredivisie clubs.

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Abstract:The objective of this thesis is to identify nationalities, leagues, and player characteristics that maximise the probability of player performance at client FC Twente in particular, and other sub-top Eredivisie clubs. Existing literature has primarily concentrated on the top five leagues in Europe, which differ significantly in terms of financial capacities and market positions. Hence, this research aims to deepen scouting and transfer strategy knowledge for football clubs with less financial capacity, such as FC Twente. Specifically, it will provide guidance to sub-top Eredivisie clubs on the countries and nationalities to prioritise to increase the probability of player performance. A univariate analysis was performed to evaluate the effect of each individual variable on player performance. To further deepen understanding, continuous, and categorical variables were analysed using curve estimations and mean analyses, respectively. Significant effects that have practical implications for sub-top clubs Eredivisie clubs were found for cultural distance, league’s financial resources, international cultural experience, co-worker support, market value, and prior season performance.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
FC Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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