Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

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Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Gurpreet Singh.jpg
Personal information
Full name Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Date of birth (1992-02-03) 3 February 1992 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth Mohali, Punjab, India
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Stabæk
Number 22
Youth career
2000–2009 St. Stephen's FA
2009–2010 East Bengal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2014 East Bengal 27 (0)
2010–2011 Pailan Arrows (loan) 0 (0)
2014– Stabæk 0 (0)
National team
2010 India U19 10 (0)
2010–2012 India U23 9 (0)
2011– India 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:04, 23 April 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 06:47, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (born 3 February 1992 in Punjab, India) is an Indian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Norwegian club Stabæk in Tippeligaen.[2] He is the first ever Indian to play a competitive match for the first team of a top division European club and the fifth Indian player to play professionally in Europe after Mohammed Salim, Baichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri and Subrata Pal.

Early years[edit]

Gurpreet was born on 3 February 1992 in Mohali, Punjab, India, part of the Chandigarh tri-city. Gurpreet took up the game of football at the age of 8 and joined the St. Stephen's Academy in 2000.[1] After good performances at the St. Stephen's Academy, Gurpreet was selected for his state youth team, the Punjab U16s. He made his youth state level debut in 2006 in Haldwani.[1] He stayed at St. Stephen's Academy till 2009 when he joined I-League side East Bengal as a youth player and spend the rest of 2009 playing for the Kolkata based teams' youth team.[3]

Career[edit]

East Bengal[edit]

In 2010, Gurpreet officially signed a professional contract with East Bengal and made five appearances for East Bengal before the end of the 2009-10 season. For the 2010–11 season, Gurpreet was loaned out to Pailan Arrows, seeking regular game time but ended the season with no caps for Indian Arrows, as they were called then. He started the 2011-12 season as the second choice goalkeeper for East Bengal during the 2011 Federation Cup, but after the Federation Cup, Gurpreet took over as the first choice 'keeper for East Bengal's I-League campaign. He started in first game of the 2011–12 I-League campaign in their 0–1 loss to Churchill Brothers.[4] He debuted in continental competitions in Asia on 6 March 2012 in the 2012 AFC Cup against Al-Oruba as East Bengal lost the match 0–1.[5]

Stabæk[edit]

Sandhu signed for Norwegian club Stabæk on 15 August 2014.[2][6] On 18 January 2015, he made his senior debut for the club in a friendly match against second-tier side Follo in a 4-1 win.[7] Gurpreet created history by becoming the first Indian player to play a professional senior game for a top division football club in Europe when he started, and kept a clean sheet in a 6-0 win for his club against Runar on 22 April 2015 in a Norwegian Cup game.[8][9][10]

International[edit]

Gurpreet made his debut for the India U19s against the Iraq U19s in the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship qualification on 5 November 2009.[11]

He was then surprisingly called up to the senior Indian team squad of 23 for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. He made his debut against Turkmenistan in a 1–1 draw.[12] He was called up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier squad against Nepal but was unused in both legs.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Gurpreet is also a fan of former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar and Indian International goalkeeper Subrata Pal.[1] and is a graduate from DAV college Chandigarh.

Singh Sandhu with fans after a friendly in Portland.

Career Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 April 2015[14][15][16]
Club Season League Cup [17] Other [18] Continental [19] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
East Bengal 2009–10 I-League 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Pailan Arrows (loan) 2010–11 I-League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
East Bengal 2011–12 I-League 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 0
2012–13 I-League 14 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 21 0
2013–14 I-League 8 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 13 0
Stabæk 2014 Tippeligaen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 Tippeligaen 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Career total 27 0 1 0 5 0 11 0 44 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d FS Sports. "Gurpreet Singh Sandu". FS Sports. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Sandhu, Gurpreet Singh (15 August 2014). "-A proud day for my country and for me as I am pleased to announce I have signed for @stabaekfc". twitter.com. Retrieved 15 August 2014. 
  3. ^ East Bengal: The Real Power. "East Bengal signs India u-19 Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu". East Bengal: The Real Power. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  4. ^ goal.com. "East Bengal 0–1 Churchill Brothers: Opara’s First Half-Strike Enough For The Goans To Register An Away Victory". goal.com. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  5. ^ goal.com. "East Bengal 0–1 Al Orouba: The Red and Gold pay for a defensive lapse in spite of being the superior team in both halves.He had by then became hero by saving in the tie-breaks in Super Cup and IfA Shield". goal.com. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Basu, Hindol. "Gurpreet Signs 3-year deal with Norwegian football club". Times of India. Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Gurpreet Singh Sandhu Is The First Indian Footballer In 79 Years To Play For A Proper European Club". India Times. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-india/news/136/india/2015/04/22/11020212/gurpreet-singh-sandhu-makes-history-earns-first-start-for
  9. ^ http://indianexpress.com/article/sports/football/gurpreet-debuts-for-stabaek/
  10. ^ http://www.stabak.no/news/article/1mg73763nqdhw16rkbrgra9cp7/title/komfot
  11. ^ the-afc.com. "AFC U19 CHAMPIONSHIP 2010 MATCH SUMMARY". the-afc.com. Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "turkmenistan 1 india 1". soccerway. Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  13. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-india/news/136/india/2015/03/02/9431732/constantine-selects-final-26-man-india-shortlist-for-2018?ICID=SP
  14. ^ Gurpreet Singh Sandhu profile at Soccerway
  15. ^ http://www.soccerpunter.com/players/165337-Gurpreet-Singh-Sandhu
  16. ^ http://www.national-football-teams.com/player/42773/Gurpreet_Singh_Sandhu.html
  17. ^ includes Indian Federation Cup and Norwegian Football Cup
  18. ^ includes IFA Shield
  19. ^ includes AFC Cup and AFC Champions League