The Ugly Game: The Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup

The Ugly Game: The Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup ❴Read❵ ➳ The Ugly Game: The Qatari Plot to Buy the World Cup Author Heidi Blake – Buyprobolan50.co.uk When the tiny desert state of Qatar won the rights to host the World Cup, the news was greeted with shock and disbelief How had a country with almost no football infrastructure or tradition, a high t When the tiny desert state of Qatar Game: The eBook ☆ won the rights to host theWorld Cup, the news was greeted with shock and disbelief How had a country with almost no football infrastructure or tradition, a high terror risk and searing summer temperatures of C beaten established countries with stronger bids The story behind the Qatari success soon developed into one of the greatest sporting scandals of our time Allegations of corruption were soon flying, and when the Sunday Times Insight team received a cache of hundreds of The Ugly PDF/EPUB ² millions of documents from a whistleblower, the contents of the FIFA Files became a global sensation, unearthing the corruption that lay at the heart of the bidding process Now in this remarkable new book by the Sunday Times journalists at the heart of the investigation, Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert, comes the most comprehensive account yet of what happened and who was involved Above all, it explains why, despite all the evidence, FIFA under Sepp Blatter continues to support Qatar even to the extent of publishing an Ugly Game: The PDF/EPUB Â edited and abbreviated report into the process that was immediately denounced by its original author The Ugly Game is undoubtedly the biggest sporting story of the year.


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  1. Ernest Ernest says:

    The Ugly Game tells the story behind the allegations of the machinations that caused Qatar to win the rights to host the 2022 Football World Cup, including the plot by Mohamed bin Hammam, Qatar s most senior football official, to effectively buy the World Cup It has long been an open secret amongst the general football public, if not the general public, that FIFA is not the super clean, honourable association that it often claims to be In this book, Sunday Times investigative journalists Hei The Ugly Game tells the story behind the allegations of the machinations that caused Qatar to win the rights to host the 2022 Football World Cup, including the plot by Mohamed bin Hammam, Qatar s most senior football official, to effectively buy the World Cup It has long been an open secret amongst the general football public, if not the general public, that FIFA is not the super clean, honourable association that it often claims to be In this book, Sunday Times investigative journalists Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert reveal the tale of politics, personalities, manoeuvring, money and means that thrust Qatar into the international football spotlight.If even half the story that Blake and Calvert tell are true, the glaring spotlight into the private, elite cabal that not only control who gets awarded the World Cup but do so as a secondary obligation, the first being to profit themselves at virtually any cost, is worth exposing What started as an investigation into how the Qatar won the right to stage the World Cup turned into the Sunday Times articles and claims, which itself is further expanded on and added to in this book One almost reads the book with shocked horror and morbid fascination into how deep the web of money, influence and politics really goes.The scale, scope and sheer breathtaking way in which the politics and personalities of FIFA s global administration is in stark contrast to the beauty and simplicity of the game itself The tale some may say claims, as many have been met with denials and retorts that many allegations have strictly not been proven in court has had ramifications post the book s publishing In May 2015, some FIFA officials and marketing executives were arrested by the USA Department of Justice on charges including wire fraud, racketeering, money laundering and, effectively, bribery Some of those names are also present in this book.Interspersed into the Qatar attempt story is a look at how Blake and Calvert started to come by this information, how they went about researching it and their tale about bringing this story to light In terms of volume, it occupied significantly less pages that the main story and in itself was interested to real However, it was curious to have Blake and Calvert refer to themselves in these sections in third person While it no doubt aids with the narrative to have the authors not overtly impose themselves into the narrative, one has to almost consciously keep reminding oneself that it is the authors seeking to step out of their own part in the story to frame it from a third person point of view This may bring about questions of self selection of material and how objective the authors can be with the material Each reader will have to answer that question themselves.It will be difficult to watch the beauty of the game at future World Cups without being jarringly reminded of what occurs behind the scenes The book blazingly, unambiguously and bluntly brings the story of how Qatar was awarded the World Cup into the public In so doing, it unflinchingly shows how, as page 452 of this book put it, FIFA has become a toxic brand, synonymous with corruption, greed and duplicity the world over It is simultaneously to our, the football fans and general public s, horror and benefit that this has been revealed


  2. Paul Paul says:

    The Ugly Game You Really Couldn t Make It UpYou really could not make this up even if you wanted too, the plot is daft and people are bound to get court and prosecuted because bribery and corruption are illegal in any bidding process Any company director or politician who splashed the cash around to buy votes would be up in court and out of office quicker than Usain Bolt at the Olympic game s 100 metre final.If somebody had told me before the announcement that the 2022 World Cup would be play The Ugly Game You Really Couldn t Make It UpYou really could not make this up even if you wanted too, the plot is daft and people are bound to get court and prosecuted because bribery and corruption are illegal in any bidding process Any company director or politician who splashed the cash around to buy votes would be up in court and out of office quicker than Usain Bolt at the Olympic game s 100 metre final.If somebody had told me before the announcement that the 2022 World Cup would be played in a country that has no history of football at any level, that the weather in summer is often around fifty degrees in the shade FIFA s own technical committee advised against playing football there as it would be too hot for the players and fans Yet somehow Sepp Blatter announced that Qatar had won the right to host the games, against their own advice, even though Blatter claimed not to have voted for it Shocked and stunned was the world reaction, questions were asked, but FIFA were not listening.The award winning Sunday Times Insight team began an investigation in to how FIFA awarded the World Cup Finals to Qatar, and so over many Sundays there were plenty of claims of what went on behind the scenes All thethey dug theskeletons they found thequestions were asked thepeople got angry and all FIFA said was nothing The silence at times was deafening but the Ugly Game by Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert has added evenfuel to the fire This book expands on the claims made in the Sunday Times along withclaims.The Ugly Game vocalises the stench of corruption that surrounds FIFA and the Qatari bid with the aid of a whistle blower who made available from within FIFA documents and emails and muchleaked information This information concerned how a small country with no football infrastructure to its name, with plenty of oil money, leadership of the Asian Football Association, a seat on the FIFA executive went about lobbying for votes.For a lot of the Sunday Times Insight Team often have to operate a sting to gain further information to aid their investigations, but none of that here Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert had to sift through mountains of information, and had to play the role of detective for the reader They even offered their findings to the Corruption Investigation by Michael Garcia which went unheeded As an aside Garcia later disowned the final report in to FIFA Corruption as incorrect.From this book we learn further about the work of Mohammed bin Hammam in the Qatari bid even though he was later disowned by the Royal Family Without him though the Qatari bid would not have got off the ground, as a networker and lobbyist he was supreme He used every trick in the book that would make politicians and lobbyists blush orlikely face charges of a very serious nature At times I went all McEnroe when I learnt the sort of largesse that went on especially with the African delegation amongst others While Bin Hammam has now been sent in to football exile, even though encouraged by Sepp Blatter at times, we are reminded of the high price that will be paid by others for the 2022 World Cup It is the foreign workers, many of whom have had their passports removed by Qatari developers, die in their hundreds who are paying the real, but unseen, price for the Qatar World Cup Like Nero, Blatter goes on, as will the Qatar World Cup, and while he fiddles the beautiful game is turning ugly


  3. Chris Jaffe Chris Jaffe says:

    This is a well researched and well presented book going over the massive cultural rot inside FIFA The main figure in it is Qatari billionaire Mohmaed bin Hamman AKA, the man who bought the 2022 World Cup for Qatar But he doesn t really come off as the bad guy That sSepp Blatter and teh overall culture of FIFA This is ultimately the study of an institution that has lost track of its original mission FIFA is supposed to be the caretaker of the World Cup, but some much money has come i This is a well researched and well presented book going over the massive cultural rot inside FIFA The main figure in it is Qatari billionaire Mohmaed bin Hamman AKA, the man who bought the 2022 World Cup for Qatar But he doesn t really come off as the bad guy That sSepp Blatter and teh overall culture of FIFA This is ultimately the study of an institution that has lost track of its original mission FIFA is supposed to be the caretaker of the World Cup, but some much money has come in, that it s mission has become getting money In particular, it s mission is the people atop it to get as much money for themselves personally as they can Oh, and for Sepp Blatter it s about maintaining his power at all costs Hamman was the man who helped Blatter come to power and maintain it Hamman had the money to bankroll Blatter s campaigns by either giving him a private jet to move around in or by openly bribing officials mostly African officials from poor countries to vote for him Hamman hoped to someday succeed Blatter as FIFA head, and Blatter initially led Hamman on in this regard Then Blatter doublecrossed him.Out of this came the plan for the Qatari World Cup Blatter proposed this to Hamman and the Emir of Qatar Hamman was at first opposed, recognizing all the logistical and weather related difficulties But the Emir wanted it And Hamman does adhere to a personal code throughout these unsavory dealings and at top of the code is being a loyal servant to the Emir his monarch If the Emir wanted it, Hamman would use his power to get it for him For Blatter, proposing this idea and offering Hamman his support was a way to placate a possible rival for power and keep him occupied.This bulk of the first half of the book consists of an exhaustive recounting of Hamman s efforts to win support for Qatar This part of the book drags a bit, as the authors recount every meeting and every payment and every deed they can I don t fault them for this may as well document all that you can in a book but it can be a bit wearying Ultimately, Hamman uses his wealth to win support with the Asian voters his home base, as he s head of Asian Football , and Africa where the voters have already proven their willingness to take his money He also forms an alliance w Spain which helped get Latin American votes He also gets a wildly corrupt official from the Trinidad to support him There are only 24 voters, and he manages to secure a winning bid It isn t just his personal hand outs The state of Qatar gets involved also To reward Thailand s loyalty for supporting Hamman, Qatar a leading country in the export of natural gas gives Thailand a sweetheart 20 year deal on natural gas on rock bottom prices Not bad.And so Qatar wins the World Cup, and that launches a somewhat surprising second half, that iscompelling than the first half.You see, the idea for a Qatar World Cup may have come from Sepp Blatter, and he may have told Hamman he d vote for it but he never wanted it there This was just a wild goose chase he thought he d send Hamman on Logistically and financially, Blatter was well aware that a World Cup in Qatar would likely be a dud More importantly, he realized that if Hamman could purchase the World Cup election, he could purchase any other election including one for FIFA head That made him a threat, and immediately after the election he set out to destroy Hamman.Realizing this, Hamman decides it s kill or be killed and runs for FIFA s presidency against Blatter He is doing well, with his time tested tactic of giving out massive bribes Well, he overstretches himself In a Caribbean meeting, 3 of 30 or so delegates refuse the money and report it to a FIFA official in the US That guy, Chuck Blaser, was also corrupt as heck, but had a beef with Hamman He d found out that Hamman had bribed the Trinidad guy for the 2022 World Cup and the Trinidad guy was the head of North American football, and should ve been supporting the US who came in 2nd for the 2022 World Cup So a well document complaint about the bribery was filed and it s just what Sepp Blatter wanted to hear He could knock Hamman down while portraying himself as an opponent of corruption never mind how Blatter had so far been Capt Corruption throughout his reign.The charges could damage Hamman, but he could fight back on Blatter s corruption So a deal was made Blatter went to the Emir of Qatar He told the Emir that Blatter would ensure Qatar kept the World Cup with reports of bribery, some were calling for taking it from Qatar if in return the Emir got Hamman to drop out of the FIFA president s race Once he was ordered to do so by the royal family, Hamman did He was then banned for life by an ethics investigation This was a neat little double cross, as Blatter had assured Hamman that if he dropped out, the charges would go away BUT it all didn t end happily ever after Too much corruption had gone on Too many charges And a whistleblower gave a tremendous amount of info to Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert They documented first in a series of newspaper articles and then here what all the problems were But Blatter had no hunkered down on keeping the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, so he and FIFA went through a series of absurd arguments to deny reality and the public outcry FIFA s image was incredibly tarnished, several sponsors dropped out But Blatter was all about Blatter and the deal he made to maintain his power included keeping the World Cup in Qatar so that was it.Again, it s really a study in an organization that has lost all site of its original mission FIFA s own internal reports said that logistically it was the worst site of all he ones bidding Perhapsdangerously, it also received the worst marks as a security risk It s hard to imagine a place less suited to the World Cup than Qatar, but it ll be in Qatar One thing bothers me the real tragedy in this is the death of thousands of migrant workers, who are kept in horrible conditions, not fed enough or given enough water while working in the Qatari summers And they are denied their own passports so they can t even leave if they want to This is mentioned, but only in passing at the end It might be a sign of how warped our overall culture s perspective is that thousands of damn near slave laborers is such a minor consideration in our overall outrage at FIFA Still, this is a great book Really well done


  4. Zahn Zahn says:

    Ugly being the correct term indeed It s all corrupt


  5. Jason Jason says:

    Good god, I thought US professional sports were corrupt This is some next level, epic Scorsese crime drama corruption involving the world s most popular sporting event the World Cup And it s fascinating how much information two journalists for The Sunday Times were able to dredge up on a Qatari billionaire, who essentially bought the 2022 World Cup by bribing countless people in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean Maybe what s most fascinating is that despite the evidence, despite the eth Good god, I thought US professional sports were corrupt This is some next level, epic Scorsese crime drama corruption involving the world s most popular sporting event the World Cup And it s fascinating how much information two journalists for The Sunday Times were able to dredge up on a Qatari billionaire, who essentially bought the 2022 World Cup by bribing countless people in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean Maybe what s most fascinating is that despite the evidence, despite the ethical bankruptcy of so many FIFA executives, the World Cup is still going to happen in Qatar in 2022 and countless corrupt bureaucrats are still filthy rich from a pattern of bribery, money laundering, corruption and criminal conspiracy Almost makes you not want to watch the World Cup Oh, who am I kidding, of course we re still going to watch The Ugly Game is a long book, and an exhaustively researched one And it can get a little tedious reading about Mohammed bin Hammam bribing one person after another page after page But this is necessary to understand the magnitude of the corruption endemic to FIFA bin Hammam didn t invent bribery or introduce it to World Cup bidding he just had enough Gulf region oil money to do it on a grander scale than anyone had before Yes, he s a cheater who rightfully deserved his lifetime ban from football, but he s also a fairly sympathetic character here a quixotic hero who undertook the seemingly impossible task of bringing the World Cup to an unbearably hot desert country with virtually no football infrastructure and surmounted all obstacles by throwing money at them The same cannot be said about then FIFA president Sepp Blatter or Caribbean football boss Jack Warner, both of whom are portrayed as the careerist, opportunist villains theythan likely are Surprisingly, the US, England and Australia come out of this looking pretty upstanding, yet I m sure those programs have some skeletons in their closets too.Overall, I d recommend reading this a little at a time Again, it s a long book with a lot of detail, so there s a lot of temptation to gloss over a few pages I think it s worth it to persevere in order to truly understand the depth of corruption happening in FIFA and, aesthetically, to enjoy seeing people reap what they ve sown While they don t all get their comeuppance in terms of being banned or fired, they re still forced to deal with some public embarrassment and loss of reputation, which I guess is a kind of justice If nothing else, the book reinforces the power of really good journalism in exposing dirty dealings and taking elites down a peg or two And in a world where seemingly everyone has dismissed seemingly all journalism as biased or fake or whatever, maybe this is a reminder we all need


  6. Inken Inken says:

    The authors have managed to condense years of research and millions of documents into a compact and fascinating book Not a tremendously easy read due to the massive number of names, financial transactions, locations and the length of time this entire sordid incident took It s not just the arrogance and conceit of these mostly men who conspired together but the breath taking fact that many of them still believe they did nothing wrong Considering FIFA didn t even have a Code of Ethics until a The authors have managed to condense years of research and millions of documents into a compact and fascinating book Not a tremendously easy read due to the massive number of names, financial transactions, locations and the length of time this entire sordid incident took It s not just the arrogance and conceit of these mostly men who conspired together but the breath taking fact that many of them still believe they did nothing wrong Considering FIFA didn t even have a Code of Ethics until a few years ago, I can see how some of them might think that way And considering that the penalties they have so far received from FIFA are extremely minimal I don t hold out much hope for things being any different in the future Reputations and lives have been ruined and soccer may never truly recover from the scandal altho no one other than die hard fans seems to care but this billion dollar industry has suffered a big setback and it s time to clean up the mess Unfortunately,finding someone in the soccer world who hasn t been tainted by association might be the hardest task of all


  7. Peter Wilson Peter Wilson says:

    i found the book very informative, and showed FIFA in its true light as the corruption capital of football, gone are the days were people should look at football with the eyes of a child and consider it just and right, they should look on it with the eyes of men an adult that knows the world is not perfect, and there are bad and corrupt men in places of power, and this is one of those places, golden hand shakes and backrooms deals, it was once about sport and fair play, now its all about money, i found the book very informative, and showed FIFA in its true light as the corruption capital of football, gone are the days were people should look at football with the eyes of a child and consider it just and right, they should look on it with the eyes of men an adult that knows the world is not perfect, and there are bad and corrupt men in places of power, and this is one of those places, golden hand shakes and backrooms deals, it was once about sport and fair play, now its all about money, those native years are over, and this shows you why


  8. Ad Chopper Ad Chopper says:

    Well researched and formulated An excellent read for anyone interested in the back room politics of the football world Only succeeds in confirming everything you ever thought to believe about the shambles that is FIFA Yet, in the end, nothing will come of all the bribes and corruption FIFA will continue and the Qatar and Russian World Cups will go ahead as plannedsorry as brought.


  9. Paulisbored Paulisbored says:

    Great expose of FIFA, but let down by the way it s presented The book is largely based on an analysis of emails though with the result that the writing style is very repetitive Reads like a long newspaper article rather than a book.


  10. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    An engrossing read which takes an enormous amount of material and gives it a narrative structure Some of it is a little fanciful bin Hammam s private reflections and the 3rd person writing is kind of silly but that does not blunt the power of the extended look into corruption.


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