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The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime by Declan Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fix, 26 Dec 2012
I read this book with an open mind and found it very interesting. It was recommended to me and although I roughly knew the subject matter I still couldn't put it down.

Like any billion dollar industry, you have to expect for corruption to be prevalent in soccer. The question is to what level and where is it found? I think most fans of the sport can handle it being found in footballing 'backwaters', far away from their most popular leagues and tournaments. Far East Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe? Fine, as long as it's not in the biggest leagues and the World Cup.

But Declan Hill suggests that the World Cup was targeted and if you read his blog - howtofixasoccergame.com -… Read more
The Big Fight: My Story by Sugar Ray Leonard
The Big Fight: My Story by Sugar Ray Leonard
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brutally honest, 12 Dec 2012
I can usually tell how good a book is by how long it takes for me to get through it. I was done with this in no time.

The Big Fight by Sugar Ray Leonard is an excellent autobiography. I already knew some of the background to his biggest fights from having read Four Kings by George Kimball and the Roberto Duran biography, 'Hands of Stone'. But there was still so much insight leading up to and during Leonard's greatest and worst moments in the ring that the book still reads very fresh as we are taken through his outside distractions during the build up to those fights, his psychological state when approaching those challenges and his opinion on his opponent.

The first… Read more
Rafa: My Story by Rafael Nadal
Rafa: My Story by Rafael Nadal
I am a huge Rafa Nadal fan but was never that keen on reading this book just yet as I feel a sportsman should wait until retirement, or when he's close to the end, before releasing an autobiography. However, I decided to grab it to pass time.

It's an easy book to read and Rafa is honest in how he treats life and his tennis career. The 'humble' Nadal you see on court is not a put on, it is who he is, conditioned by his strong family ties and strict Uncle Toni. He speaks about the injuries he had and how he was reduced to a weeping wreck by one serious one which still troubles him and he talks us through, over a few chapters that are spread out, the classic Wimbledon 2008 Final vs… Read more