The Ugly Game

The Ugly Game

The Corruption of FIFA and the Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup

eBook - 2015
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"The book that reminds you exactly what's wrong with FIFA" (Esquire UK): This meticulously reported account by two award-winning, investigative journalists at Britain's The Sunday Times explains how the 2022 World Cup was secured for Qatar—a key element in the ongoing, international FIFA controversy.When the tiny desert state of Qatar won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup, the news was greeted with shock and disbelief. How had a country with almost no soccer infrastructure or tradition, a high terror risk, and searing summer temperatures, beaten more established countries with stronger bids? The story behind the Qatari success soon developed into a global news sensation. In 2014 The Sunday Times Insight team in the UK spilled the secrets of a bombshell cache of hundreds of millions of secret documents, which were leaked by a whistleblower. In forensic detail, they reported how Mohamed Bin Hammam, Qatar's top soccer official, used his position to help secure the votes that Qatar needed to win the bid. The investigative team spent three months painstakingly piecing together Bin Hammam's activities and reporting on cash handouts, lavish junkets, and evidence of payments to soccer officials around the world. Now in this remarkable book by The Sunday Times journalists at the center of the investigation, Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert, comes a comprehensive account of what happened and who was involved. A bestseller in the UK, The Ugly Game is undoubtedly the biggest sporting story of recent times.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9781501131509
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jun 27, 2017

An unbelievable story about how soccer's most prestigious event; The World Cup was awarded to Qatar. A small Middle Eastern country, rich in oil with a poor background of soccer. The book goes through the corrupt actions of Mohammed bin Hammam the Qatari football administrator, and how he "bought" the world cup. Not only does the book show the actions by the Qataris and their bidding scandal, but it gives insight into FIFA and how corrupt the entire organisation is. How so many members take bribes, not just from Qatar, how the world cup bidding process truly works, and why soccer loving countries such as England, where a world cup would be fitting, can't get more then 3 votes. All in all, every sports fan should read this book. It's very informative and interesting.
- @Storm17 of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Nov 01, 2016

Extremely bias book and does not provide 100% facts. I know this because I was born in Qatar and live in Qatar and I am not being bias towards Qatar by opposing this book's views.

Aug 26, 2016

The shocking story of how one oil rich country, with no soccer history and one of the highest terrorist risks on the planet, literally bought the 2022 World Cup of Soccer. Match fixing is par for the course for domestic leagues in Europe but that pales in comparison to one of the greatest injustices in the history of sports. The authors, two reporters with the Sunday edition of the Times of London, risked their lives and reputations to tell this story. Thankfully, after the book was printed, Sepp Blatter, the crooked President of FIFA, was forced out of office - which is a start, but only a start.


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