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Football's Secret Trade - How the Player Transfer Market Was Infiltrated


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Prologue 1 1 The Son of Jesus 9 2 The Chess Champion 23 3 The British Tax Exile 41 4 An East End Scandal 53 5 The Prime Minister's Men 67 6 The 100-to-1 Shot 79 7 The Switzerland of South America 93 8 "Todo Pasa" 107 9 Buenos Aires to Manchester 121 10 "I Want 40% for the Boy" 137 11 The Pharmacist's Medicine 151 12 Working on a Dream 161 13 The Baur au Lac 175 14 The End Game? 187 Epilogue 199 Bibliography 207 Acknowledgments 209 About the Authors 211 Index 213

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ALEX DUFF is a senior communications expert for FIFPro, the international football players' union. He has worked as a reporter for UK newspapers and Associated Press in Rio de Janeiro and Bloomberg News in Madrid. He has exposed the business workings behind some of the biggest names in sport, including tennis player Rafael Nadal and the Amaury family, which owns the Tour de France. TARIQ PANJA has worked as a reporter for the Manchester Evening News, Associated Press and Bloomberg News in London and Rio de Janeiro. He has broken news on some of the biggest stories in soccer, including the takeover of Liverpool, Manchester United's float on the New York Stock exchange and the unprecedented scandal that threatened to bring down FIFA. After covering Brazil's bumpy journey towards hosting the World Cup and Summer Olympics, Tariq has returned to the UK and is once again based in London.

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