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The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime

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  • Posted May 1, 2010

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    If it's happening in soccer, where else is it occurring?

    Author Declan Hill takes the reader on an unlikely journey into the minds and pockets of gamblers more than willing and able to fix soccer games the world over. While I myself have never been much of a soccer fan, just being a sports fan makes this a must read. Hill's proof of the fixes makes the reader wonder what else in the sporting world has been fixed? It brings into question the validity of all sporting events because Hill doesn't cover "just" soccer games, but Olympic and World Cup games as well - which one would think are "untouchable." But that's not so, and the proof is in these pages.

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  • Posted April 16, 2009

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    The Dark Side of the Beautiful Game

    "The Fix" is an exceptional reading that opens your eyes to reality of any professional sport in any country in the World. The book is well organized, very easy to read, extremely insightful, and keeps you interested cover to cover. The author provides significant proof and detailed description of how match fixing is done, how people (players, referees, officials, gamblers...) are involved and certain results are achieved. The book is a real eye opener for those who believe that soccer is "pure and clean" sport without outside influence. Sadly enough FIFA, knowing that the problem of match fixing exists, does not apply any actions toward investigating the exisitng and even growing threat in sport corruption. It's very simple - too much money involved; TV contracts; sponsors; stadium tickets.... And this books shows it all! "The Fix" is a must read for any fan of Beautiful Game or a fan of any professional sport, since the concepts are the same. Yes, it's possible that you will not look at the sport the same way as before, and that you might be sceptical about some matches and team performances. I am. Bit, I still love soccer. And i still love watching it! The book opened my eyes on the sports corruption since i had no idea it was on a such a huge scale. Most of us know that these problems exist in South America and that some World Cup matches were fixed and certain teams were "guided" to the play-offs and even Finals, but the problems in Asia and Europe were new to me. I strongly recommend this book to all sports fans - read it, you'll be shocked by revelations!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2009

    "The Fix": lifting the veil

    Mr. Hill presents the reader with an extremely well researched piece of investigative journalism. Through insightful interviewing of key "fixers", by going under cover and successfully infiltrating betting spheres of influence, and buttressed by a sound background in the statistical analysis of game results, the author presents us with a troubling reality; one that intuitively we probably knew was there all along, but somehow refused to face. Where there is money involved, power and corruption will follow. And, where there are piles of money...

    As a boy following my heroes in the professional sports world, I never once considered the possibility that the players were not giving it their all in order to win each and every match. (Just as my mates and I were doing in our own little ways.) But as age, experience, and presumeably wisdom increases, we come to see the world through less veiled eyes. Mr.Hill's work helps lift this veil and shows to us that as in all activities where power and money are paramount, corruption finds fertile ground. After reading "The Fix" one cannot help but view all professional sports with a slightly more sceptical eye.
    Mr.Hill's book ends on a hopeful note calling for a more heightened and vigilant surveillance of this creeping malevolence by the authorities (FIFA) who are apparently charged with this responsibility.
    All in all, this book was a thoroughly stimulating and provocative read.

    Dr. Darren Millington
    Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

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    Posted September 3, 2009

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