Soccer

The unity that can come out of sports [Champions League Anthem]

Sports is about winners and losers, one is rejoicing whilst the other is crying, but Sports can also bring some unity between people.

Yes, Sports by nature today is rigged by many aspects, it’s unfair and all, but let’s dedicate a few minutes to look at the bright side that comes out of it.

Check out for instance the UEFA Champions League Anthem:

This is definitely an amazing piece of work. The lyrics of the song are:

Ce sont les meilleures équipes
Es sind die allerbesten Mannschaften
The main event
Die Meister
Die Besten
Les grandes équipes
The champions

Une grande réunion
Eine grosse sportliche Veranstaltung
The main event
Ils sont les meilleures
Sie sind die Besten
These are the champions
Die Meister
Die Besten
Les grandes équipes
The champions

Die Meister
Die Besten
Les grandes équipes
The champions

And this video shows how this song was created in the first place:

It’s definitely nice to see such a top quality in 3 different languages – French, German and English (English is the least used language in the song composed by Tony Britten, who’s British, although there aren’t many lyrics/words in it – and it still makes it beautiful).

So yeah … it’s always good to take a break from attacking Sports and looking also on the bright side of things – we definitely don’t like how sports is/are being rigged today, but there’s definitely a lot to like about things like this piece, that make Sports so much beautiful and give a hope that maybe things will go back to normal one day also in aspects of how the game(s) is/are being played.

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Soccer

Loris Karius, Liverpool Goalkeeper might have rigged the Finals!

He made 2 terrible mistakes that allowed Real Madrid to score, and in fact Real Madrid scored a few more times but “lucky” Liverpool was saved due to some “offside” calls which were non-existent.

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It takes 1 person to change things, and what’s better than bribing the goalkeeper to get the desired out come – this is the Champions League Final of 2018, the amount and size of bets a regular punter can place on event like this is huge!

And to add some salt into injury (literally) – Mohamed Salah was injured at the very beginning of the match – is it surprising?

Loris Karius might not be investigated for this, after all a human error is a human error, but in a world where the prize you can get from the side is 10 times bigger than your potential reward for doing your best – don’t be surprised to see many more “Human Errors” like this coming up much more often.

Oh, and don’t worry about his faith – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he is backing the goalkeepr and understands these were just a few mistakes – perhaps it’s not only the goalkeeper that was bribed here after all … what a sad state of affairs has sports become to be today.

Basketball

NBA West/East Conf. Finals – Two Game 7s

Brian Tuohy from TheFixIsIn.net tweeted: What?! Two Game 7s?! Boy the NBA (and its broadcast partners) sure are lucky!

And indeed – if you claim this was completely random that the 4 teams have reached Game 7 – then think again.

In a honest world Houston could have never beat GS not even once, and in a honest world Boston is so much better than just a 1 man team, and whilst no doubt LeBron James is a star, he is not playing his best at all, and has to rely on other players to score so many 3 pointers or even better – rely on the refs to get more fouls and win the games using the refs.

The NBA definitely knows how to create a drama, and a deciding 7th game is definitely going to bring a massive amount of interest, globally, but just remember the NBA itself is rigged, so don’t be surprised if the outcome you desire is not the desired one.

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Soccer

Champions League 2018 Final – 2nd Half

The media on Television says before Mohamad Salah was injured Liverpool was very much in the game, but they lost because of his injury.

Clearly the bookies wanted 0 goals in the 1st Half (disqualifying a legit one for no reason), and then 4 goals in the 2nd Half.

UEFA and Bookmakers will do everything they can to ensure the games will be as hard as possible to predict, very few people could have seen in advance that Salah will get injured very early in the game.

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So Sergio Ramos might not get some respect from some fans but in the end of the day UEFA and the Bookmakers got the result they wanted.

Was this tackle okay? No.
Was a red card deserved? Absolutely.

But the Sports in 2018 are not what it used to be … just get rid of the main star and ensure a win for the team that you like and also screw all punters who had bets on Salah doing something in the game.

 

Soccer

UEFA Champions League Final – RIGGED 1st Half

Looks like UEFA wanted to see NO GOALS in the 1st Half, this has been proven time and time again if you check the Replay:

  • Firstly Sergio Ramos injured Mohamed Salah causing him to leave the game. Ramos received no card from the referee for doing it.
  • In fact Ramos challenged Liverpool players and he is a defender, the referee backed up him up 100% of the times.
  • Real Madrid SCORED A GOAL in the 42′ minute! It’s a legit goal. The linesman RAISED the flag ONLY after that goal was scored (an “offside” flag) … there is no better way to RIG the games.
  • The players are forced to pass the ball, they barely attack each side, mainly because the referee takes advantage of any opportunity to switch sides, call fouls only when needed (e.g. to stop an attack).

Clearly UEFA wanted to see No Goals in the 1st half, perhaps they want to see a 0-0 by the end of the regular time (so Liverpool could easily win via Penalty Shootouts), the referee cannot disqualify goals after goals, so it would be interesting to see how the 2nd Half would develop but clearly there is a huge amount of RIGGING behind the scenes, and the referees/linesmen are behind it.

 

Tennis

A Review Panel found a TSUNAMI of Rigged Tennis Matches in April 2018

A panel of lawyers reviewed Tennis matched and surveyed 3,200 professionals – and among them 464 said they were aware of matches being fixed and rigged.

These matches are mainly low level matches, i.e. where the prize is not big enough, thus the players prefer to get paid indirectly with a larger prize by fixing the match, it’s far easier to intentionally lose a match, and get paid a bribe that is 10 times higher than the prize the no.1 seed would get at a certain tournament.

In South America you could expect to see sometimes a 10.00 underdog winning a 1.05 favorite and it’s not because the underdog played better, but simply because a 10x payout is much more lucrative. Why not place a bet online at several websites, “risk” $5,000 in total and get $50,000 in return – a prize that even the winner wouldn’t get.

And this was in the news, so if 464 out of 3,200 are admitting they are aware, first hand, of match fixing – the ‘underground’ numbers are probably much higher than the media reports to the public.

Rigged matches are not seldom, they are not rare and they are not some one of a kind – they are everywhere, taking place on a day to day basis – from the very low level up to the top level in Sports. It cannot be stopped so long as bookies allow punters to multiply their stakes because in the end of the day the ones pocketing are taking money from genuine bettors who simply want to bet based on stats, intuitions etc. – and those rigged matches are ruining all types of sports and turning it into random outcomes just like a Roulette in the casino.

 

Tennis

Nicolas Kicker, World no. 84 – Rigged and Fixed Tennis Matches

Tennis matches are easy to be rigged and fixed, that is because it takes only one person to twist the entire “operation”. A player can always claim he/she is injured, not feeling well, make a show and decide if he/she wants to lose the match.

Sometimes it’s not even up to the player itself, linesmen and umpires can also easily twist matches at the most crucial moments of the match (see: Pliskova vs Sakkari – WTA Rome 2018). If you look at the size of bets people place just in websites like BetFair and you would compare it to the top prize offered in a Tennis competition this would be a no brainer.

Take a look at OddsPortal for instance you can see that a current tournament – WTA Nurnberg – top prize is $250,000 – that could be “peanuts money” in comparison to what people stake just at BetFair itself excluding all offshore bookies such as Pinnacle and more! And $250k is the 1st Prize … the other prizes are much smaller – thus giving more incentive to fix and cheat.

So who is Nicolas Kicker?

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For some this person might not be familiar, but for some he was an excellent tool to make money. He is an Argentinian player, and as of today World no. 84 in Men’s Tennis (ATP). Now he is accused of doing some shady stuff a few years ago, and what’s bothering me the most about these news is the fact he is accused for fixing matches in 2015.

Now ask yourself – 2015 ?!

We are in 2018, 3 years later, and only now the Tennis organizations come up with something like that from 3 years ago?! Now check his results in ATP Madrid 2018:

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Not bad results, he managed to beat Taylor Fritz in 3 Sets, quite impressive … but check the next 2 tournaments – First – The Italian Open (ATP Rome 2018):

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And then Lyon Open 2018:

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2 important matches against 2 South American players, one from Chile and one from Argentina, both ended in 3 sets, where in both Kicker won the 1st Set and made a “struggle” until the end (what allows more money to be spent on betting as the odds swing in such cases).

So he is blamed for fixing some Tennis matches in 2015, but no word about 2018? How logical is that? It’s like taking a drug addict and accusing him of being an addict 10 years ago – why don’t you forget about that and focus on what you have in your hands right now?

Besides – any player can fix a match, whenever he or she feels like it… it could even be Nadal, Thiem, Djokovic or Zverev – the power of bribe is just too strong, and today with the ability to transfer Bitcoin anonymously it’s not too hard to push a player to do something, even during the middle of the match – it only takes a few words from the coach to tell the player what he or she needs to do and the player, the coach, and many people around will pocket lots of money.

So let’s conclude with what Sean Bean said in the movie Ca$h (2010) – “when it comes to cash nobody can be trusted“.