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  1. The Big Fix: The Hunt for the Match-Fixers Bringing Down Soccer
    The Big Fix: The Hunt for the Match-Fixers Bringing Down Soccer
    The Big Fix: The Hunt for the Match-Fixers Bringing Down Soccer
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  2. 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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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.
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.
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,... Read more
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