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The Big Fix: The Hunt for the Match-Fixers Bringing Down Soccer

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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,
Published May 6th 2014 by HarperAudio (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lags a bit, with a lack of direction at times. It also completely ignores the bigger picture of what's going on, but still an interesting and enjoyable read for those interested in the seedy side of the beautiful game.
May 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly an absorbing and disturbing story for any fan of soccer, international or otherwise. The existence of fixing is not surprising, but I found the breadth to be somewhat shocking, but and the general international disinterest infuriating. Addressing the entire phenomenon as a battle between a paragon Eaton and the renegade Perumal gives the story a bit more humanity I suppose, but it also leads to some overly dramatic writing where each step is the greatest fix/discovery ever seen in all ...more
Sean Branson
Jun 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This book visits the world of match-fixing in global soccer. I found it interesting that the major match fixers are based in Asia, and that they could profit immensely from betting on some of the most obscure leagues/lowest divisions in the world. That being said, anybody watching the Gold Cup probably wouldn't be surprised to know some of those games have been fixed as well.

While the book was interesting, I also found it to be dry and thought it could have been a little shorter. This would be
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Difficult to swallow, but equally difficult to put down, Brett Forrest narrates the plot between criminal and pursuer while simultaneously intertwining facts with seemingly fantastical realities in a way that feels unbelievable and too dramatic to have actually happened.

For those that love sports, it's a sobering read that can take bits of innocence and naivety, but is ultimately necessary to be reminded of the underworld that can tear down the foundations that hold organized leagues together.
I'm branching out on my fiscal malfeasance reading to cover sports. So for those who were wondering if the NFL--or US sports in general--has a corner on bad behavior, this book would suggest no. And it also makes clear that international soccer could maybe use a good housecleaning. But then, with the ease and prevalence of online gambling, and the billions or even trillions of dollars that entails, pretty much any sport today risks the kind of corruption Brett Forrest discusses here. (The World ...more
Paul Carr
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: soccer
This expose into the world of soccer match-fixing reads briskly, like a feature magazine piece. Everything is presented in such a matter-of-fact manner that the illegal acts are simultaneously difficult to believe and confoundingly simple. The book is two years old, and plenty of similar articles have been published since then, but Brett Forrest's work still represents the most comprehensive picture of soccer match-fixing and the people investigating it.
May 11, 2014 rated it liked it
An interesting introduction to the world of soccer gambling. Eye-opening and a bit depressing for those of us who didn't know much about it. Sort of takes the fun out of watching that sport (and maybe others??), which must be more of a sport for gamblers than it is for players. Hard to imagine how it will change - and the book doesn't really offer up any food for thought in that area. The book stops more than it ends.
Toby Rowe
It's hard to understand how a book about my favourite sport, and a really interesting aspect of the sport, could be so frustrating, but the narrative is so jumbled and the 'chapter's so short that there was no real flow.
Apr 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, non-fic
I love Soccer but I wanted to know a little about the underbelly. Lots of info and who know that you could bet on a match EVERY SECOND. Sometimes I couldn't follow b/c I don't bet but very interesting read
John Mcpheat
It may just have been me, but I found this all a bit hard to follow. The story jumps around at times rather than following a simple chronological order. An interesting, if ultimately unsatisfying, read, though.
Ioan Mosincat
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
If you're into football, this will definitely appeal to you. And if you're into betting as well, then even more. Some impressive fixes, outcomes and ways of doing it. Worth a read.
Nonetheless, the ending left me a bit...up in the air. Dear Author, what happened next?
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An engrossing and enlightening book on the seedy underbelly of match fixing in the world's most popular game. Forrest did a wonderful job of taking a highly-complex situation and finding both enchanting characters and strong narrative. A must-read for any FIFA-hating soccer fan.
Vinay Badri
May 06, 2014 rated it liked it
A scary look into the world of football fixing and betting. This reads as more of a investigative novel with not-so-compelling characters. Brings to life 2 things that are scary - 1) how easy it is to fix 2) FIFA's lackadaisical attitude towards fixing
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: soccer
interesting story of gambling and match fixing in soccer. good read but you have to pay attention as his chapter jump around in time.
Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Fairly well reported but choppy. Understanding it came originally from ESPN magazine, could have used some better transition rather than abrupt chapter to chapter switches
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was written before the downfall of Blatter but still great insight in the rotten world of footy.
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