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Just a game? Changes in English and Spanish soccer fans’ emotions in the 2010 World Cup

JONES, Marc and COFFEE, Pete and SHEFFIELD, David and YANGÜEZ, Marc and BARKER, Jamie (2012) Just a game? Changes in English and Spanish soccer fans’ emotions in the 2010 World Cup. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 13 (2). pp. 162-169. ISSN 14690292

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Abstract or description

Objectives
To explore English and Spanish fans’ emotional responses to team success and failure and resulting changes in social interaction and spending during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Design

A between-group and within-group longitudinal design.
Method

Data on emotion, team identification, social interaction and spending were collected from 59 English fans (47 men, 12 women), and 32 Spanish fans (19 men, 13 women), before, during and after the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
Results

Both English and Spanish fans displayed significant changes in emotional state after the success or failure of their respective teams during the Soccer World Cup. The positive emotional state associated with winning the tournament in the Spanish fans persisted for over four days, and the negative emotional state associated with the early exit from the tournament by the English fans did not. Four days after the tournament the Spanish Fans had a more positive emotional state than the English fans. The changes in emotional state were not associated with greater identification with the team assessed through the use of team identifying pronouns; nor were changes in behavior associated with changes in emotional state. After the tournament the Spanish fans reported spending more time socializing than English fans and also spending more money than usual compared with baseline.
Conclusion

These data provide evidence that group membership influences emotion and that the positive emotional experience associated with group success persist longer than the negative emotional experience associated with group failure.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
C800 Psychology
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Psychology, Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Jamie BARKER
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 10:22
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 11:34
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1531

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