Indians love football, but somehow football manages to detest Indians. But that is not because global football is not fond of Indian football or Indians, it is because of our own problems. We can blame the administration, the government or probably we don’t have the vision or are stuck in our comfort zone. Players like Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Jeje lalpekhlua, Brandon Fernandes, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, Aditi Chauhan have tried going to Europe and have spent considerable time at some certain clubs as well. But then our weak passport doesn’t allow us to play a lot.
But if you have Indian roots and are born in any other country, especially a country like New Zealand, you can aspire to play top quality football in Europe. Yes, we are talking about the 20-year-old Sarpreet Singh, born to Indian parents in Auckland. Already attracted Everton FC scouts at the age of ten, Sarpreet definitely is an epitome of dreaming big. He joined Wellington Phoenix Academy in 2015 and after spending two years, got promoted to the first team that plays in the A- League. After spending good four years at Wellington Phoenix and the New Zealand U-17, U-20 and the senior team, Bayern Munich came calling for him. Sapreet has already impressed Bayern Munich, assisting the opening goal playing for the reserve team against an Austrian club FC Liefering. Niko Kovac, the first team coach is impressed with Sarpreet and gave him good opportunities in the pre-season tour. Sarpreet has already played against top clubs like; Arsenal FC, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Tottenham Spurs.
Sarpreet Singh has been promoted to the first team now, getting assigned jersey number 28. Now, that is incredible news for Sarpreet Singh and his family, people in New Zealand but it should also be good news for people in India. There is some hope that young players in India can make it to Bundesliga after all.
We wish Sarpreet Singh all the luck and hope he does wonders in Europe.