The Big Fix

The Big Fix

The Hunt for the Match-fixers Bringing Down Soccer

Book - 2014
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Game of Shadows meets Among the Thugs in this revelatory true-to-life crime thriller and expose involving greed, corruption, an Asian crime syndicate, and the fixing of international soccer matches at the highest levels of the game, including the UEFA Champions League and the World Cup.

In February 2013, the director of Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency, made the shocking announcement that 700 international soccer matches had been fixed since 2008, including World Cup qualifying and exhibition matches, with a Chinese criminal syndicate pulling the strings. For the first time, investigative journalist Brett Forrest takes us inside the underworld of one of organized crime's most profitable businesses--a $1 trillion annual international betting market, of which soccer comprises 70 percent.

Forrest uncovered a web of nefarious dealings across the world, even on U.S. soil. As he found, no match is safe--not even the World Cup tournament--and law enforcement officials lack the resources to stop it. But one man has taken this criminal enterprise on: Chris Eaton, former head of security for FIFA. Now with the International Center for Sports Security in Qatar, this rough and tumble Australian and longtime Interpol cop has tracked down some of the biggest fixers and their financial backers and continues his mission to clean up the world's most popular sport.

Filled with headline making revelations, The Big Fix is must reading for soccer fans and true crime aficionados.

Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, 2014
ISBN: 9780062308078
Branch Call Number: 796.334 F77b
Characteristics: 282 pages

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mclarjh
May 29, 2015

Poorly written, but topical.

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egdi69
Dec 28, 2014

this author is payed by the online bookmakers online so he can spread fake news of match fixing,it doesnt gives no proofs....

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rpavlacic
Aug 20, 2014

After reading this book, the reader will have to ask what other sports are rigged - hockey, basketball? NASCAR, perhaps?

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