The Big Fix: The Hunt for the Match-Fixers Bringing Down Soccer

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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.

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About the author

Brett Forrest is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and has written for Vanity Fair, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and the New York Times Magazine. He has lived in Russia, Ukraine, and Brazil.

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Harper Collins
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Published on
May 6, 2014
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9780062308092
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / International / General
Games & Activities / Gambling / Sports
Sports & Recreation / Soccer
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This content is DRM protected.
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Fodbold er muligvis verdens mest populære sportsgren. Men det er også den mest korrupte. Matchfixing i fodbold? Er det ikke noget med en dansk 2. divisionsspiller, der har "spillet på egne kampe"? Glem det, matchfixing på den internationale scene er big business styret af den kinesiske mafia. Mere indbringende end narko, trafficking og illegal våbenhandel – og stort set uden risiko. Matchfixing i fodbold er højteknologisk online-betting, der bringer mindelser om aktiehandlen på verdens børser. Og det er – i den anden ende af fødekæden – mænd med sjove hatte, der sidder på tribunerne til en fodboldkamp og sender skjulte beskeder til spillerne eller dommeren. Det er én måde, det foregår på. Der er mange andre, og i Brett Forrests sensationelle bog Matchfixeren kommer du for første gang med hele vejen ind i fodboldens skyggeverden og ser det med egne øjne. Mød Wilson Perumal, engang småfusker i 80’ernes Singapore og Malaysia og i dag en af verdens største matchfixere. Og hans modstander: Chris Eaton, forhenværende politimand i Interpol og tidligere øverste sikkerhedschef i det internationale fodboldforbund, FIFA. Matchfixeren er en true crime-thriller om Chris Eatons jagt på Perumal og matchfixingens bagmænd. Det er en historie, der tager dig med til fiktive fodboldkampe i Afrika, til den store matchfixingskandale i Finland, til VM i Sydafrika og rundt i det syndige og mærkværdige Asien, hvor intet er, hvad det giver sig ud for, og hvor gamblingmarkedet er det glade vanvid. Og så kommer du med til FIFA’s hovedkvarter i Zürich, hvor kampen mod matchfixing i Det Smukke Spil burde være mest indædt, men langtfra er det.
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