Who sold the World Cup? arrives on Nove tonight: the documentary is dedicated to football’s darkest period and to the influential figures involved
Tonight on Nine at 21:25 the documentary arrives Who sold the World Cup?. On the occasion of the kick-off of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the investigation, in Prima TV free, recounts football’s darkest period and the influential figures involved.
Made in partnership with the award-winning production houses Story Films and Calliope Pictures, it arrives in Prima TV free on Saturday 19 November at 21:25 on NOVE Who sold the World Cup?: the engaging special from critically acclaimed directors Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme (Get Me Roger Stone, The Swamp) reconstructs the incredible story of how the most important football competition was sold to the highest bidder.
Rumors have been circulating for some time that theassignment of the World Cup to the various countries was governed by bribes, corruption, political games, backroom deals and greed. The bubble burst when the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar, a desert nation with unbearable summer temperatures, not even a world-class stadium, a population mostly indifferent to soccer… and cash flowing.
With exclusive interviews with the protagonists, the documentary reveals the truth that surpasses science fiction on how the major sporting event in the world was “sold” by some top executives of international football and how they were then removed from their seats and subtracted from own luxurious lives.
With unique testimonies that unearth a shocking story, viewers are thrust into FIFA during the era of Sepp Blatter, the former president who for decades served as the pinnacle of international football. A world where for some the normal rules didn’t apply. A Shakespearean tale of money, power and corruption, with a cast of questionable characters including an American football star like Chuck Blazers and the Qatari businessman Mohamed Bin Hammam. Among the contributors also an informant from the team of the Qatar assignment tender, the former head of the press office of Blatter, big names in football including Jurgen Klinsman And Landon Donovan it’s the same Sepp Blatter.
There first part features the protagonists detectives of the Sunday Times Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert and follows their incredible investigation and the scoop of the century that revealed rampant corruption at the heart of FIFA. The second part focuses on FBI and IRS (Internal Revenue Service, Treasury Department) investigators whose job was to expose criminal behavior within an organization with a structure that the protagonists have compared to a criminal organization real.