While speculation runs rampant, Danish paper Ekstra Bladet says they know which club was involved in Champions League match fixing.

Debrecen traveled to Anfeld on September 16th, 2009 for their first Champions League game in club history. In that game, Debrecen goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was to allow three goals according to the report. Lackluster Liverpool could only muster one.

Via the Telegraph:

“The report in Ekstra Bladet claimed fixers wanted to rig the betting market for total goals in the match, but failed. It is understood evidence relating to the Liverpool-Debrecen game came to light when German police were investigating the Croatian match-fixer Ante Sapina, who was sentenced to five years in prison in 2011 for masterminding the fixing of at least 20 matches across Europe.”

We’ll keep tabs on this story as it develops, but as stated on today’s podcast, this is not surprising. A small club from a smaller country are the prime target for fixers. There are more Vukasin Poleksic’s out there.

Comments (9)

  1. “In that game, Debrecen goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was to allow three goals according to the report. Lackluster Liverpool could only muster one.”

    It writes itself hahaha

  2. yeah lackluster in 09′…only went to champs semi finals and finished 2nd in the epl.

  3. The Champions League Semi-Finals in 09 was Barca vs Chelsea and Manchester United vs Arsenal. Liverpool were eliminated in the quarters by Chelsea. They were in the semi’s the year before I think.

    As for the match fixing, it’s not surprising really. There are so many leagues World wide that finding someone to help a match reach a certain scoreline wouldn’t be too hard. I think it would be more or less restricted to smaller teams outside of the “big” leagues. Or a smaller team that is expected to lose to a bigger team, as is the case with this Liverpool match.

    • It’s the problem with including minnow league representatives in the CL. What incentive do players on a team like Debrecen have to turn down money from match-fixers against teams like Barca or AC or Bayern? Their chances of success are minimal, of qualifying from the group nearly non-existant. In modern football, there is no reason to say no here.

    • This game would have been during the 09/10 season, ryan’s referring to 08/09

  4. First thing I thought when I first read this morning the words “Match fixing + UCL + game in England” was Chelsea-Barça and Ovrebo in the ’09 semi. Kinda disappointed that was not the one. If there was ever a match that had “fixed” written all over it….

    • My question about that game is who fixed the match? Criminal organization or UEFA? Or are they the same? It’s not so clear anymore. Lol

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