Kolkata: Former Argentina striker Hernan Crespo was the most expensive player in an auction on Monday for an inaugural Indian football league based on the successful Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket tournament.
The idea of a players' auction was borrowed from IPL, whose success has spawned numerous franchise-based leagues in other sports across the country.
In a bid to make the game more attractive at the national level, the Indian Football Association (IFA) last month had launched Premier League Soccer (PLS), with each franchise allowed to have four foreign players.
Crespo was bought for his base price of $840,000 by Barasat, one of the five city franchises which will play in the Premier League Soccer tournament to be held in the eastern state of West Bengal in March-April this year....more
01:50 PM, Jan 31, 2012