WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Match Fixing & International Soccer

Germany's thrashing of Brazil this week is surely the most shocking result from the FIFA World Cup thus far. But a different lopsided result from earlier in the tournament -- Croatia's 4-0 dismantling of Cameroon in group play -- has cast light on a persistent problem in global soccer: allegations of widespread match-fixing. Kojo explores the hundred billion dollar soccer gambling economy, and ongoing concerns about the integrity of the Beautiful Game.

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