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The Fix

Author : Declan Hill

Publishers
USA/Canada - McClelland and Stewart
Croatia - EPH
China - Times Literature & Arts Press
Denmark - Bagland
France - Florent Massot
Germany - Kiepenheuer & Witsch
Greece - Polytropon
Hungary - Milagrossa
Italy - Rizzoli
Japan - Kodansha
Lithuania - Salomeja Zaksaite
The Netherlands - Sylfaen
Poland - Officyna
Portugal - Saida
Russia - Centrepolygraph
Spain - Alba
Turkey - Arkadas

Synopsis

This book will forever change the way you think and feel about professional sport. The Fix is the most explosive story of sports corruption in a generation. Intriguing, riveting and compelling, it tells the story of an investigative journalist who sets out to examine the world of match-fixing in professional soccer. Driven by a lifelong love of the game and a need to find out what's really going on in the world's most popular sport, Declan Hill comes face to face with the multi billion dollar illegal Asian gambling. He interviews more than two hundred people, including professional gamblers, Mafia hitmen, undercover cops, top-level international soccer players, referees and officials. He meets men who claim they have bribed their way into changing the results of some of the biggest games in the sport. Initially very sceptical, Hill travels across four continents to corroborate their stories. He finds soccer leagues where mobster have fixed more than eighty per cent of the games. But most chilling, he meets and is then adopted by a small group of match-fixers. In The Fix, Declan Hill explains the structure and mechanics of illegal gambling syndicates, what soccer players and referees do (or not do) to affect the outcome of their games, why relatively rich and high-status athletes would fix games, how and why club officials would bribe the opposition, and how they get referees 'on their side'. Perhaps most shocking is Hill's discovery that gambling fixers have successfully infiltrated the game - all the way to the top international matches.

The Fix won the EPL Talk Award as Best New Football Book 2008/09.