On the Ball

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

Gur­preet Singh Sandhu, a 23 year old youth, is the first In­dian to play for a top tier Euro­pean foot­ball club. He played as the goal­keeper for Stabaek FC in a Nor­we­gian Cup game in San­de­fjord and main­tained a 6-0 score in a re­cent match.

Gur­preet’s bench­mark sur­passes In­dian foot­ball play­ers like Mo­ham­mad Salim, Su­nil Ch­hetri and Subrata Pal. They played com­pet­i­tive matches too for var­i­ous teams out­side In­dia, but could not ap­pear in the top di­vi­sions of Euro­pean foot­ball clubs. Ever since Gur­preet joined the Nor­we­gian team for a three year con­tract, he has been play­ing as the sec­ond fid­dle to Say­ouba Mande, who plays for the Ivory Coast. Trained by Bob Bradley and the goal­keep­ing coach, Espen Granli, Gur­preet is soon to play for foot­ball stan­dards that are much higher in the Euro­pean club.

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