Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Indian national team goalkeeper, made history on Thursday as he started for Norwegian side Stabaek FC in an Europa League qualifier against Welsh side Connah’s Quay Nomads F.C. in an away match in Rhyl. He became the first Indian to play in Europa League.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu makes history again, becomes first Indian to feature in Europa League.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu started for his Norwegian club, Stabaek, in their Europa League qualifying first round against Connah’s Quay Nomads late on Thursday. Gurpreet had to come off due to a hand injury after just 27 minutes, but should soon be back between the sticks. Stabaek came away with a 0-0 draw and the second leg is scheduled for 7 July.
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu goalkeeper played a number of matches in the Norwegian cup competitions last season and also started a league game in May this year, becoming the first Indian to achieve the feat. Before Sandhu, the likes of Mohammed Salim, Bhaichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri and Subrata Paul have all played for European sides, but never took part in any top-division game or in the continental competition.
Sandhu, who earlier plied his trade for Indian giants East Bengal had already created a record last month when he became the first Indian to appear in a top flight European League game while playing for Stabaek in Norwegian Tippiligaen (Norway’s national league).