The Fall of the House of FIFA (Review)

When an award-winning journalist like David Conn speaks, you listen.  When Conn writes a book, you read it.  That’s certainly the case with The Fall of the House of FIFA: The Multimillion-Dollar Corruption at the Heart of Global Soccer, a June offering from Nation Books.

Cover Art Courtesy of Nation Books

The Fall of the House of FIFA is quite an impressive read, one that is is part history book and part exposé.  It’s easily the most comprehensive text ever written with regards to the history of FIFA and the recent corruption scandal that rocked the world’s most popular sport.

You’ll hear of FIFA’s humble beginnings and its growth into a multibillion-dollar organization.  Unfortunately you’ll also hear about those who took advantage of their power and gave in to greed, dishonesty, and corruption.  An amazing 20+ years of terrible corruption are detailed and dissected.  Revealing portrayals of Chuck Blazer, Jack Warner, Michael Platini, Franz Beckenbauer, and even Sepp Blatter can be found in a single location, in this all-encompassing text.  The interview with Blatter can’t be found anywhere else, reason enough to buy the book.

As a whole it’s incredibly detailed and thorough, over 300 pages of world-class literature.  That is to be expected when you have the author of The Beautiful Game, arguably the finest reporter at the Guardian, and someone who covered the FIFA scandal from day one.  Conn’s the perfect person to write this story, one that will leave you with a different perspective on the game we all love.

This book is incredibly enjoyable, an experience you won’t soon forget.  It’s a must-read for any soccer fan or even those interested in sports business or old-fashioned investigative journalism.  You can’t go wrong with this one!

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