Italy's World Cup-Winning Captain Fabio Cannavaro


NEW DELHI: Italy's World Cup-winning captain Fabio Cannavaro, above Argentina skipper Juan Pablo Sorin and Frenchman Robert Pires are set to affection in an Indian soccer antagonism that hopes to copy the success of cricket's Indian Premier Alliance (IPL).

Some 30 players and six coaches from away will be auctioned off in the eastern Indian burghal of Kolkata for
the Feb 25-April 8 league, one of the organisers told Reuters.

"We accept active seven 'icon' players for the bargain and anniversary of the six teams will accept one such amateur with a $600,000 bacon cap," Bhaswar Goswami, controlling administrator of Celebrity Management Group (CMG), said by telephone.

Other signed-up players - all at the end of their careers - accommodate Portuguese midfielder Maniche, above Nigeria all-embracing Jay-Jay Okocha, ex-Liverpool striker Robbie
Fowler, above Spain striker Fernando Morientes and Argentine Hernan Crespo.

CMG has active a 30-year accord with the Indian Football Association for the alliance and has floated tenders for franchises, Goswami said.

"We accept started with six teams this year, all in the accompaniment of West Bengal but accept already been approached to aggrandize the alliance to added genitalia of the country.

"Every aggregation will accept $2.5 actor to absorb in the aboriginal year. They will accept a best of four foreigners and a compulsatory six under-21 Indian players in their squad."

Cricket's IPL addled admirers with its agitative Twenty20 format, amateur auctions, post-game parties and abundant announcement and now soccer - which has bootless to aftermath top-class Indian players - is assertive for a agnate makeover.

"The alliance is modelled on Major Alliance Soccer and of advance IPL," Goswami added.

"We saw the advertising and fizz about players' bargain in IPL and feel it can be an according success. It's a ablaze concept. We apprehend owners to accomplish accumulation abundant beforehand than the IPL franchises.

"We are additionally in the action of finalising television rights for alive advertisement beyond south-east Asia.

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