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  • Published: 15 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9780224100458
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

The Fall of the House of Fifa

The definitive story of Fifa - from its humble beginnings as the amateur organiser of international football, to the behemoth mired in corruption, written by one of the greatest investigative writers in football.

The Fall of the House of Fifa is the definitive story of Fifa's rise - and the most spectacular fall sport has ever seen.

1904: 'No person should be allowed to arrange matches for personal profit' - Fifa congress

A century later: 'Fifa is a Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organisation (RICO) enterprise' - A judge in Brooklyn, using a term originally coined for the mafia

For forty years Joao Havelange and then Sepp Blatter presided over a Fifa now plagued with scandal - dawn raids, FBI investigations, allegations of money laundering, industrial-scale bribery, racketeering, tax evasion, vote-buying and theft. Now David Conn, football's most respected investigative journalist, chronicles the extraordinary history and staggering scale of corruption. He paints revealing portraits of the men at the centre of Fifa - the power brokers, the indicted, the legends like Franz Beckenbauer and Michel Platini - and puts the allegations to Blatter himself in an extended interview.

  • Published: 15 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9780224100458
  • Imprint: Yellow Jersey
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

David Conn

David Conn is the author of The Beautiful Game? and multi-award-winning journalist for the Guardian. He has been awarded UK sports news reporter of the year three times, and sports journalist of the year in the British Journalism Awards. David has many years of unique experience carrying out original investigations into football and its modern relationship with money, and has been a key part of the Guardian’s coverage of the Fifa crisis.

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Praise for The Fall of the House of Fifa

This book has a cumulative power, piling betrayal on betrayal, until they even include one of Conn’s childhood idols from the 1974 World Cup, the German player Franz Beckenbauer

Andy Beckett, Guardian

We have known for so long that Fifa, world’s football’s governing body, is rank with institutionalised corruption… But then if we are to hand a rifle to anyone to shoot fish in a barrel, there could be no choice than David Conn, the dogged investigate reporter… The figures he uncovers in this book are breathtaking

Jim White, Mail on Sunday


David Walsh, Sunday Times

Even in age inured to corruption, the reign of Sepp Blatter over football’s global ruling body, Fifa, was jaw-droppingly spectacular… How did he do it? David Conn’s patient unravelling of Fifa’s tangled web provides the answer, and it makes for ugly but revealing reading… Conn, a sport journalist on the Guardian, negotiates the murky world of big money with confidence and dogged calm in this tale of the beautiful game gone bad

Nigel Jones, Observer

A very fine piece of reportage, probing to the organisation's dark and festering heart while also taking care to accentuate the good FIFA has done in the world

Gavin Cooney, BALLS.ie

A book that informs as much as it enrages


David Conn’s long list of literary successes are legion, but following publication of his latest book, The Fall of the House of FIFA, it’s arguable that he may have surpassed everything that has gone before… Like The Beautiful Game?, which shone a bright spotlight on football’s darkest corners… The Fall of the House of FIFA does an equally impressive job on a global level… Tales of FIFA’s inherent corruption are nothing new but, given its definitive nature, David Conn’s account deserves the widest possible audience. Buy it

Peter Sharkey, Bristol Post

Conn laments the betrayal of the sport in a beguiling book – it’s absorbing and downright shocking


Comprehensive and thoroughly researched

Houman Barekat, Times Literary Supplement


Emmet Malone, Irish Times

David Conn pulls no punches in his account of Fifa’s crookedness


It is thanks to Conn and other investigative journalists of his ilk that the men who greedily toyed with the FIFA machine are now coming to some sort of justice… The general perception of FIFA is that it is a historically corrupt — or at least corrupted — organisation. That perception lies in truth… And this is why David Conn’s book is so valuable — not just as an interesting read but as a concise, accessible documentation of the intricate corruption scandals that have dogged football. Conn cuts a path through the festering forest of greed that finally we can follow… Conn unravels this tangle to provide us with something of a concise understanding of events covering the past five decades. It is a superb go-to guide for anyone seeking context on why Qatar won the 2022 World Cup bid, why Coca Cola — a largely American brand — splashes its name on a largely non-American sport, and why hope remains that the mess can eventually be cleaned up

Joe Short, Daily Express

A chronicle of the history and scale of corruption which has haunted football for decades, with revealing portraits of the men at the centre of the organisation

Joel Sked

- [An] exemplary history of recent high football politics

David Conn, London Review of Books

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