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The Big Fix [Kindle Edition]

Brett Forrest

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Timed to coincide with the World Cup in Brazil and told in the style of a page-turning thriller, this is the book that will blow the lid off international match fixing in football: a pandemic that has struck at the heart of the ‘beautiful game’

It began as a series of disparate reports coming in from the corners of the football world: referees, players and managers were deliberately fixing results at the behest of illegal bettors. But as the reports kept coming, bit by bit the scale of the problem began to emerge. These weren’t just footballing minnows but major teams and players, playing on the biggest possible stages. The money at stake ran into the billions. And the people pulling the strings were operating for some of the largest, most heinous criminal syndicates in the world.
In THE BIG FIX, Brett Forrest uncovers the scarcely believable scale of a threat to the beautiful game that is only just now coming to light.
Told in the style of a thriller, Forrest tracks down the criminals who occupy this murky world of billion-dollar transactions, as well as the people tasked with hunting them and saving football’s lifeblood.
Published on the eve of the World Cup, this shocking expose reveals a criminal enterprise that threatens to rot football to its core.


Can the most beloved sport in the world beat the corruption that threatens to tear it apart?

Known as the "beautiful game," soccer is the world's most popular sport, crossing borders and language barriers to entertain billions. But underneath it all—the raucous fans in the stadiums; the beloved players; and FIFA, the international governing body with a membership of 209 national associations—is a scandal that threatens to make soccer the ugliest sport in the world. An underworld of international gambling rings, corrupt players and officials, and shadowy figures preys on the far-flung edges of the game, making match-fixing in soccer one of organized crime's new, profitable businesses.

Now, for the first time, journalist Brett Forrest takes us inside the $700 billion international soccer betting market. In 2013 Europol revealed that more than 700 international matches have been fixed since 2008. Forrest pulls back the curtain, exposing a web of nefarious dealings across the world, even on U.S. soil, with opportunistic fixers bribing players, influencing officials, and staging fake matchups, while Asian criminal syndicates pull the strings. No match is safe—not even the World Cup tournament—especially while local law enforcement officials lack the resources and the will to investigate.

But one man has taken on this criminal enterprise: Chris Eaton, a hardheaded Australian, longtime Interpol director, and the former head of security for FIFA. Forrest follows Eaton's journey from local beat cop to FIFA's security chief for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. It was at this competition that Eaton first grasped the extent of match-fixing and the threat it posed to the game. From that point on, Eaton made it his mission to track down the elusive perpetrators: fixers who shed identities, crisscross borders, and target players and clubs on behalf of international criminal syndicates.

Filled with headline-making revelations, The Big Fix is a must-read for soccer fans and true crime aficionados. The story brings us inside Chris Eaton's hunt for the world's biggest fixers and their backers—from the roots of fixing in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, to FIFA headquarters in Zurich and World Cup preparation in South Africa and Qatar, to fixing's expansion into nearly every country in the world—and the fight to save the beautiful game.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1152 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 293 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0062308076
  • Verlag: HarperSport (5. Juni 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gripping and shocking. Read this book. 14. Mai 2014
Von KRT - Veröffentlicht auf
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Sometimes you come across a book that changes the way you look at things. The Big Fix is one of those books; a work of non-fiction but as enthralling and shocking as a thriller. It's got all the elements of a great tale, and it shows us a world of corruption right in front of our eyes. Massive money, massive crime, a hell of a good read.

If you don't care about soccer, you'll enjoy reading about the thrill of the chase after massive crime syndicates. If you do care about soccer, you'll might not watch the World Cup with the same eyes or look at the game the say way again. Either way, you'll enjoy it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Complicated subject is a page turner 12. Mai 2014
Von A Frost - Veröffentlicht auf
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I'm impressed how the author Brett Forrest was able to deliver a page-turning tale about an extremely complicated set of international characters and circumstances. It had me from the first page and left me wondering what will ever become of the worlds most popular sport if the good guys don't take it back. And soon.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen International betting 12. Mai 2014
Von Doubledown - Veröffentlicht auf
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The times of trusting FIFA and the global soccer cartel are unfortunately finished. Mr. Forrest's exposure of the fragile state of global sports betting has rattled my profession and that of all Vegas book-makers. While the truth is important it's not an easily swallowed pill.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating But Flawed 19. Oktober 2014
Von Geoffrey Brooks - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
The Big Fix is a fascinating look at the world of illicit betting on international soccer games. The author, Brett Forrest, has done an excellent job pulling together the numerous threads of corruption that have intersected the world of professional soccer over the past decade, and provides an insider's perspective on how FIFA and its allies have attempted to combat those threats over the years.

Forrest's style is breezy and conversational, and he moves around from location to location with a clear point of view. He also does an excellent job explaining the sometimes complicated mechanics of sports betting and how they apply to the scandals he discusses.

However, the book suffers from some structural flaws, as well as an overly hagiographic writing style. The Big Fix is more a series of vignettes than a coherent end-to-end narrative, and it moves from character to character at a sometimes dizzying, and occasionally structurally incoherent, pace. As a result, it can be difficult to identify more than sketches of the protagonists, and the book seems uncertain whether it is intended as an overview or an in-depth bit of reporting.

Additionally, Forrest writes somewhat breathlessly about the heroes of the book. Chris Eaton, the police officer, is described in melodramatic terms, and his character flaws are glossed over or described, in classic interview style, as weaknesses that are secretly strengths. More problematically, Forrest largely lets FIFA off the hook as a responsible actor, instead painting it as a helpless bystander to and active combatant of corruption in its ranks. Although Forrest mentions the allegations of implicit corruption underlying the Qatari World Cup bid or even the executive committee, he rarely turns an analytically critical eye towards the complex relationship that FIFA has with fraud - or probes more deeply into how an international federation without law enforcement powers might better manage it.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book! Well organized and thourough 15. Juli 2014
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Great book! Well organized and thourough. Definately opened my eyes to an issue that I always felt was hiding under the covers. Soccer fans around the world should be reading this book.
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