Game of Shadows meets Among the Thugs in this
revelatory true-life crime thriller and exposé 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
In February 2013, the director of Europol, the European
Union’s law enforcement agency, made the shocking announcement that seven
hundred 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 US 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. Download and start listening now!