"one of the year's best [soccer] books" --New York Times
How to Fix a Football Match

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. It presents compelling evidence that some of the highest soccer matches in the world may have been fixed: European Champions League, Olympic and World Cup tournaments.

Intriguing, riveting, and compelling, it tells the story of an investigative journalist, Declan Hill, who set out to examine the world of football match fixing in professional soccer.

Author Declan Hill

"This book explains the fight between good and evil that exists in international football today"

--Emmanuel Petit, World Cup winning footballer.

"Declan Hill writes a well-researched book, of investigative journalistic brilliance."

--Shaka Hislop, ESPN soccer commentator and former English Premier League and World Cup goalkeeper.

"A fascinating read. [The Fix] is part true-crime potboiler, part spy thriller, part academic discourse and part journey of personal discovery."

--Stephen Brunt, The Globe and Mail.

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About the book

Hill came face-to-face with the multi-billion dollar illegal Asian gambling industry. Over four years, he interviewed more than two hundred people, including professional gamblers, Mafia hitmen, undercover cops, top-level international soccer players, referees, and officials. He met men who claim they have bribed their way into fixing the results of some of the biggest matches in the sport. Initially very sceptical, Hill travelled across four continents to corroborate their stories. He found soccer leagues where mobsters have fixed more than eighty per cent of the games. But most chilling, he met and then was adopted by a small group of match-fixers.

In The Fix, 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 book, however, is not just about match fixing in soccer, the world’s most popular sport. Throughout the text, Hill uses examples from other sports – tennis, hockey, even rowing – to show that the credibility of professional sport now lies on a fragile foundation, and it provides enough hints to suspect that all sports above amateur level should look nervously over their shoulder.

Updates

27-November-2009
Q. & A. on Match Fixing With Declan Hill, Author of ‘The Fix’.

10-November-2008
Article in The Times on Declan Hill.

27-October-2008
Daily Telegraph article about "The Fix".

17-October-2008
Tipsbladet: "Manden de ikke vil lytte til"(Danish)

12-October-2008
Kathimerini: "?p??a???e?? ??a st?µ??a µat?"(Greek)

23-September-2008
Declan Hill on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos

10-September-2008
Sport/Voetbal: "Dit kan de dood van het voetbal betekenen" (Flemish)

4-September-2008
Globe & Mail report on "The Fix"