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How They Stole the Game

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What's wrong with Football today? In June 2011, Sepp Blatter was elected - uncontested - as president of Fifa once more. Despite attempts to halt the vote amidst allegations and accusations of corruption, the show went on.

As How They Stole The Game, David Yallop's classic expose of the dark heart behind the beautiful game showed when it was first published, Football was

Hardcover, 315 pages
Published 1999 by Poetic Publishing (first published January 1st 1998)
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Jul 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: football, sport
An important book. A book that helps to explain why I find it very difficult to watch football these days even though I retain a huge love of sport. (Well, actually because I retain a huge love of sport). The game is rotten through to the core and became so at the moment that somebody realised that he could make a lot of money through sponsorship and television rights (the two always go together when corruption is in the air). I've often pondered the question as to what the difference is between ...more
Sasha Ambroz
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cruel-world, own
Passionately subjective in some parts, brilliantly inquisitive in others, this book is one of the best examples of real journalist investigation I've ever read. The profound fact-finding reaches peaque of its actuality not in the year of publishing, not in 2011, year, when second epilogue was written - but nowadays, when Blatter was finally oustered and the investigation of corruption in FIFA was started in earnest.
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover includes de words “FIFA” and “stole”. One needn’t know anything further.

This book exposes the sordid story of João Havelange and his ill-groomed successor Sepp Blatter. Although most of the book deals with the Havelange years (1974-1998), there is a 2011 update, exposing some of the gems concocted by Sepp and hown Blatter, Jerome Valcke.

At times one is a little reluctant to buy into so many conspiracy theories of bought referees and fixed World Cup results. But on the other hand, FIFA
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het is duidelijk dat Yallop niet gecharmeerd is van Havelange. Deze man wordt wel erg negatief afgeschilderd. Maar als het allemaal waar is wat er in het boek staat, terecht! En ik heb geen reden aan te nemen dat wat in dit boek staat niet waar is. Wat een corrupte zooi was de FIFA. En ik ga er vanuit dat dit nog steeds zo is. In ieder geval nog steeds megalomaan. Je kijk op voetbal verandert wel door dit boek.
Wat aardig is in dit boek, zijn de historische feiten over de verschillende wereldkamp
Frans van der Mark
Overtuigend betoog over de misstanden binnen de FIFA. Een hele reeks komt voorbij met als hoofdrolspelers de Braziliaanse voorzitter van FIFA Joao Havelange en zijn opvolger Sepp Blatter. Goed leesbaar (ik wilde eerst schrijven prettig leesbaar maar prettig is het niet). Terugkijkend op uitslagen van wedstrijden in het verleden vallen er ook wel een paar kwartjes op hun plek. Goed werk.
Randal Felbrigg
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you’re interested in finding out the background and reasons behind the scandals surrounding FIFA under Blatter’s reign, here it is.
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David Anthony Yallop was an agnostic British author who writes chiefly about unsolved crimes.

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