Bengal Premier League Soccer

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Bengal Premier League Soccer
Country  India
Founded 2011
Number of teams 6
Levels on pyramid 3
Promotion to None
Relegation to None
Domestic cup(s) None

Premier League Soccer (PLS) was an Indian football league competition established in 2012, which was to take place in the state of West Bengal. The league was expected to begin its first season in February 25, 2012 with the aim to increase interest in football in West Bengal. It was modelled on the lines of the United States' Major League Soccer and the Indian Premier League.[1][2]

Structure[edit]

The league was organised by Celebrity Management Group, who had signed a 30-year deal with Indian Football Association, the apex body of football in West Bengal. There would have been six teams in the inaugural 2012 season; they were to have been owned by franchises, who would have to bid for the team for 10 years and pay a yearly franchisee fee. They were to based in Kolkata, and five regional centres: Howrah, Barasat, Durgapur and Siliguri.[3][2] Each team was to play every other team twice (once at home and once away). Three points were to have been awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. At the end of the season a table of the final League standings was to have been determined, based on the following criteria in this order: points obtained, goal difference, and goals scored. After the regular season the teams would have played in a play-off style tournament in which there would have been semi-finals and a final. The tournament would have been played across seven weeks, from 24 March to 6 May 2012.[4]

Media Coverage[edit]

As of February 2012 there had been no television deal for the 2012 PLS season announced.[4]

Clubs and stadiums 2012[edit]

A list of clubs for 2012 season was to have been decided after an auction on 10 to 12 February 2011.[4]

Team Price Owner Icon Player Overseas Player Asian Origin Players Coach
Barasat Euro Musketeers Rs 25.15 crore Uro Infra Reality India Hernán Crespo $840,000 Christian Lara $200,000; Joaquin Botero $180,000 Park Byoung-Gyu $90,000 Teitur Thordarson $210,000
Bengal Tuskers Rs 18 crore Aajay Consultants Fabio Cannavaro $830,000 Santino Quaranta $180,000; Limberg Gutierrez $180,000; Hwang Gyu-Hwan $90,000 Marco Etcheverry $200,000
Kolkata Camelians Rs 11.5 crore Camelia Group Robbie Fowler Robert Egbeta $350,000; Daniel Varela $120,000 Park Ji-Seung $140,000 Peter Reid $200,000
Manchester Howrah Rs 9 crore Syncsys Infotech Robert Pires $715,000 Jose Gabriel Rios $180,000, Diego Madrigal $120,000 Byun Yoon-Chul $115,000 Fernando Couto $240,000
Durgapur Vox Champions Rs 7.6 crore Tulip Infonet Jay Jay Okocha $550,000 José Carlos Castillo $80,000; Alonso Solís $200,000 Kim Bong-Kyeom $150,000 Samson Siasia $210,000
Haldia Heroes base tag of Rs 70 lakh Grey Mind Communications Juan Pablo Sorín - - John Barnes


Postponement and cancellation[edit]

In the last week of February, Utpal Ganguli, the secretary of the Indian Football Association, announced that the league has been postponed. He did not reveal the new dates or the causes of postponement. It is believed that financial hurdles and lack of venues were the major reasons.[5][6][7][2]

In January 2013, the Indian Football Association announced that it had withdrawn support for the venture, citing financial problems, the lack of suitable venues, and the unavailability of overseas players in the period the competition was to have been played.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Move aside cricket, here comes India’s Premier League Soccer". firstpost.com. 
  2. ^ a b c "Robbie Fowler's Indian payday under threat as Premier League Soccer hits problems". The Daily Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). 22 February 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "IFA announces launch of Premier League Soccer". timesofindia.indiatimes.com.com. 25 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Stars lined up for Indian soccer league - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 
  5. ^ "India’s new star-studded league postponed". dawnnewspaper. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 23 February 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  6. ^ "Lack of venues sees start of India's Premier League Soccer postponed". Guardian newspaper (London). 22 February 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  7. ^ "Premier League Soccer postponed". Retrieved 23 February 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  8. ^ "India's ambitious Premier League Soccer plan finally axed". goal.com. Perform Group. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013.