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The Ugly Game: The Corruption of Fifa and the Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Scribner
Publication date December 4, 2016
Pages 480
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781501132964
ISBN-10 1501132962
Dimensions 0 by 5.50 by 8.37 in.
Original list price $17.00
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: “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.

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Hardcover
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With Heidi Blake | from Scribner (August 18, 2015)
9781501131493 | details & prices | 472 pages | 6.25 × 9.25 × 1.50 in. | 1.45 lbs | List price $30.00
About: “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.
Paperback
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With Heidi Blake | Reprint edition from Scribner (December 4, 2016)
9781501132964 | details & prices | 480 pages | List price $17.00
About: “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.

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