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Soccer's wackiest transfer payments, food category
January 9th, 2014 7:05PM
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[OFF THE POST]The report that NASL clubs San Antonio and Fort Lauderdale agreed to a deal that sent Walter Restrepo to the Scorpions in exchange for their picking up the tab (hotel and local transportation) on the Strikers' trip to San Antonio in 2013 raised lots of eyebrows, but in the wacky world of soccer it would hardly rank among the most unusual arrangements. We'll cite just a few bizarre deals, going with the food category.

-- Manchester United didn't always have the war chest it has now to spend on players. In 1927, it sought to acquire Hugh McLenahan from Stockport County. Louis Rocca, who worked at United for 50 years and is best known for having helped bring Matt Busby to the club, clinched the deal when he agreed to throw in a freezer-full of ice cream from the family gelato business in Manchester.

-- In 2002, Kenneth Kristensen moved from Norwegian third division club Vindbjart to rival Floey Flekkeroy for his weight in shrimp -- about 165 pounds. Vindbjart president Vidar Ulstein was almost apologetic about the deal. "Kenneth really wanted to play for Floey and we didn't want to cause him any problems," he said. "But he is under contract with us, so we had to demand some kind of compensation."

-- Finally, the ignominy of being transferred proved to be too much for defender Marius Cioara of Romanian second division club Arad. It was bad enough he was being shipped off to fourth division Regal Hornia, but to add insult to injury in this 2010 deal Arad was getting sausage -- 15 kilos -- in return. Cioara retired from soccer instead of going to Hornia, which demanded its sausage back.


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