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Gurpreet Singh Sandhu Biography: The Trailblazer in Indian Football Team

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is an Indian footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Indian club Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League and in the Indian National team.

Gurpreet is the first ever Indian to play a competitive match for the first team of a top-division European club and the fifth Indian to play professionally in Europe after Mohammed Salim, Bhaichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri and Subrata Pal. The 27-year-old is also the first Indian to play in the UEFA Europa League.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu Biography

About Athlete
Full Name
Gurpreet Singh Sandhu
Sport Category
Football ( Goalkeeper )
Date of Birth
3 February, 1992
Hometown
Chamkaur Sahib, Punjab
Height
1.98 m
Parent
Tejinder Singh Sandhu and Harjit Kaur

Early Career

 

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was born on 3 February 1992 in Chamkaur Sahib, Punjab. He took up the game of football at the age of 8 and joined the St. Stephen’s Academy in 2000. He was selected for the U-16 Punjab team. He made his youth state level debut in 2006 in Haldwani.

Later, Gurpreet joined the I-League East Bengal side as a youth player in 2009.

Club Career

In 2010, Gurpreet officially signed a professional contract with East Bengal and made five appearances for East Bengal in 2009–10 season.  He started the 2011–12 season as the second choice goalkeeper for East Bengal during the 2011 Federation Cup. Later he took over as the first choice ‘Keeper for East Bengal’s I-League campaign’.

He made his debut in continental competitions in Asia in 2012 in the 2012 AFC Cup against Al-Oruba as East Bengal lost the match 0–1.

Sandhu signed for Norwegian club Stabæk on 15 August 2014. On 18 January 2015, he made his senior debut for the club in a friendly match against Follo. Gurpreet made his league debut in May 2016 in an away match against IK Start. He became the first Indian footballer to play in a European top division league.


On 30 June 2016, Sandhu became the 1st Indian footballer to feature in a UEFA Europa League match. Sandhu left Stabæk in August 2017 to return to India.

In August 2017, Gurpreet joined Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League. He made his debut for Bengaluru against in the AFC Cup knockout stage. He made his league debut against Mumbai City FC. His contract with Bengaluru FC is until May 2023.

International Career

Gurpreet made his debut for the India U-19s against the Iraq U-19s in the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship qualification on 5 November 2009. He was then 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.

Gurpreet was called up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier squad against Nepal. He made his second appearance for the senior team against Iran in a 2018 World Cup qualifier at Bangalore.

 

In 2016, Gurpreet captained India to a memorable 4-1 thrashing of Puerto Rico and played an essentially defensive role against Kyrgyzstan in a 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification game.

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Career Statistics

Club

Season

League

Cup

Other

Continental

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

2011-12

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

4

0

2012-13

14

0

0

0

0

0

7

0

21

0

2013-14

8

0

0

0

5

0

0

0

13

0

East Bengal total

27

0

0

0

5

0

11

0

43

0

Pailan Arrows (loan)

2010-11

I-League

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Stabaek

2014

Tippeligain

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2015

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

2016

1

0

4

0

0

0

1

0

6

0

=2017

Eliteserien

2

0

2

0

0

0

4

0

Stabæk total

3

0

7

0

0

0

1

0

11

0

Bengaluru

2017-18

ISL

19

0

5

0

0

0

4

0

28

0

Career total

49

0

12

0

5

0

16

0

82

0

 

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu’s Favourites

Favourite Football Club – Manchester United

Favourite Goalkeeper – Edwin van der Sar and Subrata Pal

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