Match-Fixing in Brazil and Football Betting Strategies

Football is without doubt one of the most popular sports in the world, with this high exposure leading to a huge amount of people trying to tap into the game for profit. While we might not have the capital to buy over a club, when we’re not getting involved with sports betting sites we can always turn to gambling on matches to earn extra cash for ourselves.

However, be prepared to put in the effort if you are in for serious profits. While you may be a big football fan and think that you know everything about the game, you should empty your cup before venturing into football betting. You need to know more than just the game alone. Of course, the basic rules of the game is a must know and the first thing to rule – just imagine trying to win big without knowing all the online real money casino rules – but more importantly, you need to understand how you can win your bets. The Internet will be your best friend in providing you with vital information and in some cases offer great betting systems which you can rely on. However, do test them out before raising your stakes. Instead of betting on matches involving your favourite teams, do the opposite! Specialise in a few teams and only bet when the game involves them. This is because it might be difficult for you to bet against your loved team and by concentrating on other teams, you are able to niche that area. After that, formulate your own strategy or learn from other experts to help you win consistently. What is most important is to practice responsible betting. Remember football betting is addictive and it’s hugely important to know when to stop, especially when you are on a winning streak.

And always remember to stay on moral grounds. Once you get into the habit of gambling it can be very easy to lose focus of your morals, potentially leading you into serious problems, as the 2005 match-fixing scandal in Brazil showed:

Máfia do Apito (literally The Whistle Mafia) is the story of a group of investors – who were not related to any Brazilian football club, who bribed referees Edílson Pereira de Carvalho (a member of the FIFA referee staff) and Paulo José Danelon to fix results according to what was determined by the betting websites Aebet and Futbet. The investors made a deal with Edílson Pereira de Carvalho to fix the results of the matches refereed by him, and then, the investors made million pounds bets on the betting websites. Edílson Pereira de Carvalho said that he agreed to receive R$10,000 (US$4,400) to fix the result of the Brazilian National Championship match between Juventude and Figueirense, and that he was paid between R$10,000 and R$15,000 per fixed match. Edílson Pereira de Carvalho said he accepted the money to fix the results only because he had a R$30,000 debt.

Once the scandal was published in Veja magazine in Brazil, Edílson Pereira de Carvalho was banned for life and Paulo José Danelon was removed from the referee staff of Paulista Football Federation. Later, on October 31st 2005, the São Paulo Footbal Sporting Justice Court’s First Disciplinary Commission banned for life both Edilson Pereira de Carvalho and Paulo José Danelon. Meaning they are prohibited from refereeing Paulista football competitions matches. Both Edílson Pereira de Carvalho and Paulo José Danelon face charges of fraud, conspiracy and crimes against the economy. The entrepreneur Nagib Fayad (nicknamed Gibão), suspected of commanding the gambling ring in Piracicaba was arrested on September 25th 2005.

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