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The Insider's Guide to Match-Fixing in Football

The Insider's Guide to Match-Fixing in Football [Kindle Edition]

Declan Hill
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‘Freakonomics meets Football Corruption’.
There is a wave of match-fixing that is threatening the very survival of sport. National police investigations are occurring in over-sixty different countries, hundreds of matches have been fixed, over one thousand players, coaches and referees have been arrested. The credibility of an entire sport - football (soccer) - is in danger, according to Michel Platini the President of UEFA.
It will destroy football, unless we fight it. To fight it, we have to understand it.
‘The Insider’s Guide to Match-Fixing in Football’ is an analysis of the motivations, the mechanisms and the methods within this modern form of fixing.
The book examines key questions like;
- Why do football players fix matches?
- Is violence used against referees and players to make them fix matches?
- How is fixing different from cheating?
- Why do some rich, strong teams bother to bribe poor, weak teams?
- Why are some games fixed, but not others?
- Why do some leagues have more match corruption than others?
The final chapter examines the most important question:
- How can an honest sports administrator prevent match-fixing?

The overarching thesis of the book is that most match-fixing is preventable. Fixing comes from key specific factors. Remove those factors and we can win the war against match-fixing.

“Only Declan Hill could write a book with this level of academic rigor and foundation of investigative journalism. I expect Dr. Hill's new book to be the seminal work in the sports corruption space and I have adopted it for use in my PhD seminar on forensic sports law analytics.” - Ryan M. Rodenberg, JD/PhD, Florida State University

“Declan Hill has broken new ground academically, imparting much-needed order and clarity to the murky world of global match-fixing. This is an important book for anyone who cares about the integrity of sport, and it's an indispensable book for those involved in sports analytics" - Marc Carinci, Managing Director, Sports Gambling Data Services

"Tenacious, factual and with an unrivalled understanding of the current threat being posed to the integrity of sport, Declan Hill consistently challenges those who stand idly by." - Senator Cecilia Keaveney, Former Head of the Council of Europe’s Task Force on Match-Fixing

"Declan Hill's new book is an absolute must-read for every thinking fan of the beautiful game on the planet. Being part of Declan's team preparing the book I know how much effort and research Declan invested in it. Declan's passion for our game, professional courage and expertise pours from every page." - Steven Powell, Director of Policy, Football Supporters' Federation

"A new book from one of the best investigative writers on the subject of match and spot fixing in football. The challenge to the integrity of sport from sporting fraud is growing exponentially. This new book documents that cancerous expansion. The author is a renowned expert who focuses on football with the precision of a laser beam. A must read!" - Professor Richard McLaren, Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada

"The Insider’s Guide to Match-Fixing in Football is an education for scholars and students of organized crime and a wake-up call for sports administrators. Rigorously researched but accessibly written, this book makes sense of match fixing in straightforward, rational terms. Such confirms Declan Hill as both master storyteller and global authority on the corruption threatening the beautiful game. Not to be missed." - James A. Densley, PhD, author of How Gangs Work: An Ethnography of Youth Violence

About the Author

Declan Hill is an investigative journalist and academic. He specializes in organized crime and international issues. In the last few years, he has completed documentaries on the killing of the head of the Canadian mafia, blood feuds in Kosovo, and ethnic cleansing in Iraq. Hill has also won awards for documentaries on honour killings in Turkey, and the murder of journalists in the Philippines. He was a Chevening Scholar at Green College, University of Oxford, and received his doctorate for his study of match-fixing in professional soccer.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1685 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Anne McDermid & associates Ltd. (10 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GM0J3UA
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #130,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Declan Hill is an investigative journalist, documentary maker and academic. He specializes in the study of organized crime and international issues. He broke the story of match-fixing gangs destroying international football in his book 'The Fix: Soccer & Organized Crime'. It has now become a best-seller in 21 languages. In 2013, he released an 'academic' guide to match-fixing called 'The Insider's Guide to Match-Fixing in Football'. It is based on his successful doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford and has been described as "Freakonomics meets soccer corruption".

Before working on match-fixing, Hill completed documentaries on the killing of the head of the Canadian mafia, blood feuds in Kosovo and ethnic cleansing in Iraq. He has also made documentaries in Kurdistan, Bolivia, India, Mexico, and Turkey.

Hill has won a number of national and international awards from organizations such as Amnesty International, the Canadian Association of Journalists and Play the Game. He worked for CBC Radio ("Ideas", "Tapestry", "Dispatches", "The Current", "Iraq Unit") CBC Television ("the fifth estate", "Disclosure", "Newsworld" and "Newsworld International") and "PBS Frontline". His programs and articles have appeared on BBC Radio World Service and BBC Radio 4: the Guardian and the Sunday Telegraph (London), as well as various new media outlets. Hill was a Chevening Scholar at Green College, University of Oxford where he obtained his doctorate on the study of match-fixing in professional football. He has also testified before the Council of Europe, the International Olympic Committee and other sports agencies.

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5.0 out of 5 stars facts and explanation 24 Feb 2014
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I read The Fix, Dr. Hill's earlier book and that opened my eyes to corruption in sports. So I bought this book to understand it better. This book mines down the data to give us a more nuanced understanding of the structures that help corruption, and the extent of who does it and why. It's impressive research, explained in a way that I could understand.

I assume/guess that Dr. Hill has had his knuckles rapped by those who criticized his earlier book as lacking enough evidence, which is why he wrote this book. I was worried that it might get bogged down in too many numbers and dense politics. But he manages to make it as engaging and readable as The Fix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real story 7 Feb 2014
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An excellent academic yet highly readable book on the cancer of football, "Match Fixing" There is so much rumour, gossip and innuendo about this subject it is essential that an objective well researched text exists on this massive problem.
It should be compulsory reading for all Football administrators. An excellent and enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading 8 Dec 2013
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I first realised football games were being heavily fixed, tilted, bent - however you describe it - in 2006

This is the book that at last provided me with the detail on how this all works behind the scenes.

Once you read about the difficulties in Italy and Turkey, and the structures at work there it is ignorant and perhaps even a bit xenophobic to believe it is not happening in the other elite nations.
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