The Big Fix
The Hunt for the Match-fixers Bringing Down SoccerBook - 2014
Relates how a longtime Interpol cop and former FIFA head of security has taken on a mission to track down the fixers and financial backers acting on behalf of Asian criminal syndicates to fix more than seven hundred international soccer matches since 2008.
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.
After the 2013 announcement that 700 international soccer matches had been fixed since 2008 by a Chinese criminal syndicate, a former Interpol cop and FIFA security head takes on the world's biggest fixers and financial backers in an attempt to clean up the world's most popular sport. 50,000 first printing.