Amrinder Singh

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Amrinder Singh
Personal information
Full name Amrinder Singh Sandhu
Date of birth (1993-05-27) 27 May 1993 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth Mahilpur, Punjab, India
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Bengaluru FC
Number 1
Youth career
2008–2010 Sports Wing Academy
2010–2011 Pune
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2015 Pune 45 (0)
2015 Atletico Kolkata (loan) 13 (0)
2016 Bengaluru FC (loan) 11 (0)
2016– Bengaluru FC 9 (0)
2016 Mumbai City (loan) 6 (0)
National team
2014– India U23 5 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 08:59, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Amrinder Singh (born 27 May 1993) is an Indian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Bengaluru FC in the I-League on loan from Pune.[1] Amrinder is the youngest footballer to come out of the Pune Academy when he made his first team debut at the age of 18 in the 2011 Indian Federation Cup.[2]

Early Years[edit]

Amrinder was born on 27 May 1993 in Mahilpur, Punjab, India. Amrinder took up the game of football at a young age but did not play consistently till the age of 15 when he joined his schools' government ran academy, Sports Wing Academy in Paldi, Hoshiarpur in Punjab.[1] Initially Amrinder started at the under-17 level as a striker at Sports Wing Academy but his coach, Yarvinder Singh, noticed that Amrinder had a good build and reach, and encouraged him to be a goalkeeper.[1] He started excelling as a goalkeeper and stayed at the Sports Wing Academy for another two years. While still at Sports Wing, however Amrinder was selected by the Punjab Football Association to represent the Punjab state national team at the under-17 and under-19 levels.[1] His greatest achievement while with the Punjab team was when he helped Punjab win the BC Roy Trophy. After winning the BC Roy Trophy, he was advised by former Pune player Asim Hassan's father, a well-known coach in Punjab, to trial at the Pune Academy.[1] He passed the trail and was placed in the under-19 squad.

Club career[edit]

Pune[edit]

After joining the Pune Academy and showing off his goalkeeping skills during the summer of 2011, Singh was selected to join the first team squad of Pune at the age of 18.[1] This thus made him the clubs youngest ever Academy product.[1] He soon made his debut as well for Pune when he came on as a substitute during the 2011 Indian Federation Cup after Indian international Subrata Pal came off against East Bengal. Pune lost the match 1–2 but with Singh only conceding one of those goals.[3] Singh then made his I-League debut for Pune coming on as a substitute for Shahinlal Meloly in the 21st minute against East Bengal. Pune lost the match 1–3 with all three goals coming after Amrinder came on.[4] After one more game for Pune in which Amrinder conceded three goals, Pune FC brought in East Bengal goalkeeper Abhra Mondal on loan for the rest of the season.

Mondal kept Amrinder on the bench for two months till 28 January 2012 when he got injured against Shillong Lajong in an I-League match, when he was subbed-on and kept a clean-sheet.[5] On 5 February 2012 Singh kept his first full clean-sheet of his career against then league leaders Dempo as Pune went on to win the match 1–0.[6]

2013–2014 season[edit]

Amrinder began the 2013–14 I-League season as Pune's No. 1 goalkeeper when he started in their first league match of the season against Mohammedan at the Salt Lake Stadium.[7] During the match Singh gave away a goal to Josimar as Pune went on to win 3–1. After that match, Singh and Pune went on a run of clean-sheets, keeping five of them in a row before conceading two goals to Sporting Goa on 2 November 2013.[8] It was also in this match that Singh received a red card in the 81st minute after he brought down the last man on the ball for Sporting Goa.[8]

On 29 January 2014, Singh made his international club debut for Pune in their AFC Champions League qualifier tie against Hanoi T&T. he played the full 90 in goal for Pune but could not stop Pune from giving away three goals in a 3–0 defeat.[9]

2014–2015 season[edit]

Amrinder kicked off the 2015 season, in a one all draw against Salgaocar.[10] He was then give then Hero of the match award for his wonderful saves against Bengaluru FC.

Atlético Kolkata (loan)[edit]

Having signed for Atlético de Kolkata for the 2015 Indian Super League season on loan from Pune, Amrinder started every match in league except one and got his first clean sheet against FC Goa.[11]

2016 season

Bengaluru FC (loan)

He signed for Bengaluru FC on loan from Pune FC, and he performed very impressively and went on to win Best goalkeeper of the I-League with 9 clean sheets under his belt, and also performed impressively at AFC Cup, so He decided to make the loan move permanent for the season 2016-17.[12]

International career[edit]

Amrinder represented India U23 during the 2014 Asian Games and was the starting 'keeper in both of India's games[13][14] He was named the captain for India U23s for the 2016 AFC U-23 championship qualifiers in Bangladesh and started in India U23s 2-0 loss to Uzbekistan U23 on 27 March 2015.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 February 2017[16]
Club Season League Federation Cup Durand Cup AFC Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pune 2011–12 I-League 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
2012–13 I-League 5 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
2013–14 I-League 22 0 3 0 6 0 31 0
2014–15 I-League 18 0 4 0 3 0 25 0
Atletico Kolkata (loan) 2015 Indian Super League 11 0 11 0
Bengaluru FC (loan) 2015–16 I-League 11 0 2 0 0 0 8 0 21 0
Bengaluru FC 2016–17 I-League 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Mumbai City (loan) 2016 Indian Super League 6 0 6 0
Career total 88 0 10 0 5 0 14 0 117 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Pune FC. "30 Amrinder Singh". Pune FC. Retrieved 5 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Sarkar, Dhiman. "Mohun Bagan crash out of Fed Cup". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 20 November 2013. 
  3. ^ goal.com. "Federation Cup: Pune FC 1–2 East Bengal – Red And Gold Brigade Get Their First Win Of The Tournament". goal.com. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  4. ^ goal.com. "East Bengal 3–1 Pune FC – Trevor Morgan's Side Continue Their Winning Ways". goal.com. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Pune FC. "Pune FC draw dashed with Abhra injury". Pune FC. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  6. ^ goal.com. "Dempo SC 0–1 Pune FC – Arata Izumi's strike gives Derrick Pereira's side full points in Goa". goal.com. Retrieved 5 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Bera, Kaustav. "Mohammedan Sporting 1–3 Pune FC: Red Lizards kick-start their campaign in style". Goal.com. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Sporting Clube de Goa beat Pune FC 2–0 in I-League". Times of India. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "AFC Champions League: Pune FC go down 0–3 to Hanoi T&T FC". NDTV Sport. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "The Goan outfit rescues a point in I-League opener". Goal. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Great team effort.....". Amrinder Sandhu. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Amrinder, Alwyn extend BFC deals | Bengaluru Football Club". www.bengalurufc.com. Retrieved 2016-06-16. 
  13. ^ https://www.incheon2014ag.org/Sports/FB/Result?RSC=FBM400G01&lang=en
  14. ^ http://www.incheon2014ag.org/Sports/FB/Result?RSC=FBM400G02&lang=en
  15. ^ http://www.the-afc.com/afcasfeeds?fixtureid=8826&stageid=348&tMode=H&view=ajax&show=matchsummary
  16. ^ Amrinder Singh at Soccerway