Simon Kuper is a columnist for the Financial Times. His books include Ajax, the Dutch, the War: The Strange Tale of Soccer During Europe’s Darkest Hour and Soccer Against the Enemy: How the World’s Most Popular Sport Starts and Fuels Revolutions and Keeps Dictators in Power.
 (September 2017)

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Soccer’s Culture of Corruption

A rendering of Al Bayt Stadium, to be built in Al Khor, Qatar, for the 2022 World Cup

The Fall of the House of FIFA: The Multimillion-Dollar Corruption at the Heart of Global Soccer

by David Conn
FIFA remains largely unreformed, and Western countries seem powerless to force change. David Conn’s new book shows that the saga of world soccer’s governing body since the 1970s has foreshadowed geopolitical shifts, notably the waning of the political and economic dominance of the West.