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Beautiful Game Theory by Ignacio Palacios-Huerta

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PSYCHOLOGICAL PRESSURE ON THE FIELD AND ELSEWHERE

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IN THE EARLY 1960S, RAFAEL BALLESTER WAS A PRESTIGIOUS JOURNALIST IN Cádiz, a city in the south of Spain. Cádiz is well known in the world of football because for decades it has organized a famous international summer tournament in early August, the Trofeo Ramón de Carranza. Each year, four different teams are invited. They play four games in two days, the semifinals on Saturday and, on Sunday, the match that determines the third and fourth place in the tournament is played, followed by the ...

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