- Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: McClelland & Stewart; Auflage: Reprint (13. April 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 077104139X
- ISBN-13: 978-0771041396
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,3 x 2,2 x 22,9 cm
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The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 13. April 2010
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“Declan has written a well-researched book of investigative journalistic brilliance. A book that deals with the unseen and often shadowy world of soccer’s match-fixing. . . . A world the authorities try to ignore; the effects of its existence swept under the carpet in the name of preserving the game’s image.”
–Shaka Hislop, ESPN soccer commentator and former English Premier League and World Cup goalkeeper
"Fascinating. . . . Part true-crime potboiler, part spy thriller, part academic discourse and part journey of personal discovery."
— Stephen Brunt, Globe and Mail
"A powerful investigative work…. The Fix is a fascinating read."
— Ottawa Citizen
"Sensationa…. Fascinating…. [Hill] makes a good case."
— Winnipeg Free Press
"An explosive book."
— Daily Mail
"Declan Hill literally takes his life into his own hands…. [He] presents convincing evidence that even games in the 2006 World Cup in Germany were fixed…. Read this book and you'll second guess every referee's dodgy call."
— Replay magazine
From the Hardcover edition.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Declan Hill is an investigative journalist and academic. He specializes in organized crime and international issues. In the last few years, he has completed documentaries on the killing of the head of the Canadian mafia, blood feuds in Kosovo, and ethnic cleansing in Iraq. Hill has also won awards for documentaries on honour killings in Turkey, and the murder of journalists in the Philippines. He was a Chevening Scholar at Green College, University of Oxford, and received his doctorate for his study of match-fixing in professional soccer.
From the Hardcover edition.
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To anybody who really follows the game of football/soccer, this book is no surprise. Historically, Hill, normally an investigative television producer/journo, gives the reader a good sense as to how lowly-paid players (before worldwide broadcasting brought hundreds of millions in cash to the game) were always susceptible to bribery from bookmakers and various gangsters. Nowadays, Hill shows, in a pretty much indisputable way, that match fixing in soccer is even more widespread, including matches at the World Cup level.
The fixers Hill discusses come from Asia, where betting on all sports is almost a fanatical religion. The vulnerable teams he discusses are from poor nations, usually in Africa, where player salaries are low. They are soft targets. Hill concentrates on Ghana's Jekyll and Hyde performance at the 2006 World Cup. This part of the book is very disturbing and definitely effective. Hill names, Stephen Appiah, a former midfielder for Italy's Juventus and Turkey's Fenerbahce clubs. Appiah, a young player in his pomp, once touted to be Patrick Veiera's successor at English powerhouse club, Arsenal, was freed from his contract by Fenerbahce as a result of his snitching. Indeed, since talking to Hill and the release of this book, Appiah's hopes of catching on with another big European club have thus far disappeared. It seems that both Hill and Appiah are high on FIFA President Sepp Blatter's mierda list.
Hopefully, this should help Hill sell lots of books. Hill surely had Blatter tearing what little hair he has left when describing contacts between fixers and players beginning at FIFA youth tournaments which theoretically 'promote' the ever developing game. FIFA, which is the ruling body for the professional game, a worldwide organization that rules with a kind of heavy-handed greed and secrecy that can't help but remind you of the mafia, does not come off well in this book. Hill nails the organization bang to rights. Unfortunately, Hill, who took on the Russian Vor ve Zakonye (a worldwide gangster organization) when he exposed their corruption of the NHL in some sterling work for the CBC, stops short here. A vague threat from ethnic Chinese gangsters to hurt or kill him is stated implicitly, but the full story hinted at is never quite told.
At the same time Italian football has always been corrupt. Massive scandals involving players, club directors, general managers, organized crime figures and even the prime-minister, Silvio Berlusconi, who owns A.C. Milan and the lion's share of Scudetto (Italian League) television rights. German Bundesliga games have also been fixed. A certain English striker, once a star for a top four English premiership team and a major Spanish club, has been banished from the England national squad for making and taking bets recently. With the hundreds of millions in laundered oil and drug cash floating around the game in Europe and hard rumors of Interpol catching the 2008 EUFA Cup Final, one gets the sense that Mr. Hill knows a lot more than he lots on!
One problem Hill has here is the narrative first-person stylings he uses spasmodically to move things along and make himself into the hero investigative journo. Hill is repeatedly 'shocked' to find gambling going on around him, so that it gets silly after a while. I'm reminded of Claude Rains' policeman raiding Rick's mini-casino in 'Casablanca.' Hill plays up his narrator/self as a mirror of the naïve boy who used to watch Arsenal games at Highbury as a teenager with his dad and stops to cry for himself. Nevertheless, he seems to have forgotten that the Arsenal team which featured the beautiful trickery of Liam Brady also played Spiv thugs like Peter Storey, Peter Simpson and Frank McClintock. 'The Fix' is a good read, but Hill has barely scratched the surface. Be sure to read it, but follow it up with a far, far better book on the way corruption in the game actually works, "Broken Dreams' by Tom Bower. Hill concentrates on soft targets in Asia and Africa. Next time, perhaps, he'll go after the Big Game.
There is rampant fixing of games in the soccer world. We've seen many convictions in Italy and the Far East. As more and more money comes piling into these leagues, betters are putting higher and higher stakes on the outcomes. It does seem that the well-paid leagues are perhaps slightly above the fray. However, I don't expect it will be much longer before they also succumb at some level to match fixing.
Mr. Hill has all the facts and stories to prove out what is happening to the beautiful game. He goes through excruciating detail of the leagues, the problems, and even offers up possible solutions. Unfortunately, he needed a much better editor. It is almost like reading 10+ research articles all cobbled together on the same subject. There is no cohesiveness to the reader. The subjects jump back and forth and leave you wondering what was the point.
o detailed research on match fixing
o excellent coverage of the world-wide game
o practical solutions that FIFA should deploy immediately
o poorly written
o difficult to follow
Overall - this is a book to skim. Mr. Hill is much better in interviews and I would recommend finding one of them instead of enduring this book. However, if you are really interested in the facts behind the fixing, he has them here for you.
The book - is without question extremely insightful, enlightening, well researched and brilliantly written - it without question provides the reader once again with all of the significant proof as to the extent of corruption in regards to "match fixing" at all levels of the global game of professional football (soccer).
Once again "Hill" provides a "real eye opener" for the many soccer purists and novices - many of whom believe the "global game" of professional soccer is completely clean and pure. This book, an insiders guide on the many match fixing shenanigans that occur on a daily basis around the Fifa globe is without question a must read for all football enthusiasts and supporters around the world.
It is difficult not to like "Hill's" outstanding, unique investigative style of reporting and writing on this extremely serious subject matter.
More importantly his insightful revelations on global football (soccer) match fixing is very enlightening but also very troubling, no doubt to the billions of football (soccer) supporters around the world.
So far it is clear and evident that the powers of global football to date have buried their heads in their hands in regard to the extent, the regularity and the many occurrences that match fixing happens at all levels of professional football (soccer) globally.
The authors tireless investigative work and his "insider's guide and outstanding knowledge" in this book, makes all of his revelations on "international match fixing" - very, very convincing and revealing, "Hill" provides the who, where, when, what and why's of global match fixing which appears to becoming endemic. It is a masterpiece on this very important subject matter.
Excellent read, so informative and educational a must read for all global football enthusiasts who want to stamp out match fixing in global sports.
Ex professional footballer,coach, manager, administrator