Mathematical Sciences Research Centre Seminar Series

The UEFA Champions League Last 16 draw – why do Arsenal always play Bayern Munich?

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As part of the School of Science and Technology Mathematical Sciences Research Centre Seminar Series, Dr Laurence Shaw, NTU presents: The UEFA Champions League Last 16 draw – why do Arsenal always play Bayern Munich?

  • From: Thursday 22 February 2018, 4 pm
  • To: Thursday 22 February 2018, 5 pm
  • Location: NHB 169, New Hall Block, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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As part of the School of Science and Technology Mathematical Sciences Research Centre Seminar Series, Dr Laurence Shaw, NTU presents: The UEFA Champions League Last 16 draw – why do Arsenal always play Bayern Munich?

Abstract

The UEFA Champions League is widely regarded as the most prestigious club tournament in the world of football. At the last 16 stage, the remaining teams are drawn in pairs to play a knockout match, with the winners progressing to the quarter finals and the losers exiting the competition. The mathematics behind making the draw should not be particularly difficult. However, a rule known as national protection, where teams from the same country cannot play each other at this stage of the competition, throws this simplicity into disarray. We examine the probabilities governing the last 16 draw in detail, following the work of Klößner and Becker (2013) but with a more light-hearted focus on the burning issue of recent years – why do Arsenal always seem to play Bayern Munich at this stage of the competition and is there evidence of a conspiracy against Arsenal?

Whilst this talk is aimed primarily at a mathematical audience, it is hoped the general football fan who has seen some probability/statistics will still find it interesting.

All welcome.

This seminar is hosted by Dr David Chappell.

For any enquiries please contact Dr David Chappell.

Location details

Room/Building:

NHB 169, New Hall Block

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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