Gurpreet Singh Sandhu becomes 1st Indian to play in Europa League


New Delhi: It's like dream comes true for India. As Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu who plays for Norwegian side Stabaek FC made the country proud. Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was named in Norwegian club Stabaek FC's squad for their Europa League qualifying match against Welsh Premier League side Connah's Quay Nomads FC, making him the first ever player from India to play in the competition.

The former East Bengal goalkeeper played a number of matches in the Norwegian cup competitions last season and also started a league game in May this year. 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 joined the Norway side in 2014 and has been their second choice goalkeeper for the last one and a half season. This season has been different as his excellent skills underneath the sticks have helped him to gather more first team appearances. He kept a clean sheet against Start in his first league game. Stabaek finished third last season but are currently struggling in the relegation zone.