Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu on Sunday created history by becoming the first Indian to start in a top division league match in Europe. India’s national team goalkeeper made his debut for Stabaek Football Club in Tippeligaen, the Norwegian top division league.
Gurpreet, who has established himself as India’s number one choice between the sticks in the recent past, had moved to the Norwegian side in 2014. However, he remained largely confined to the bench in his debut season. After waiting for months, he finally got his first break for them in a club friendly against Follo in January, 2015. However, his indomitable spirit has seen him rise in the pecking order in recent times, resulting in much deserved playing time.
This season, in fact, has seen the lad from Punjab get some first team action, albeit in the Cup games. Gurpreet Singh keeping a clean-sheet in Stabaek 5-0 win. Sandhu, who joined Stabaek in 2014, had started a number of Norwegian Cup games last season, but had to wait two years for league debut. “Proud to become the first Indian ever to start in a top division league game in Europe,” he tweeted soon after the game.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu started his career with East Bengal in 2009-10 I-League season. He was then signed by Norwegian club Stabaek in 2014. Sandhu is expected to join the Indian team in Vientiane to face Laos in the first leg of their 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualification play-offs on Thursday. Guwahati will host the return leg on June 7.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu kept a clean sheet in his first Tippeligaen start for Stabaek FC.
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