Sarpreet makes Bundesliga history as first Indian-origin player

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Bayern Munich striker Sarpreet Singh has become the first player of Indian descent to play in the top tier of German football – Bundesliga. The New Zealand born striker of Indian origin has made his Bundesliga debut for Bayern Munich debut against Werder Bremen.

Sarpreet is also only the second New Zealander to play in the Bundesliga after striker Wynton Rufer – who carved out an eight-year career in the Bundesliga for Werder Bremen and Kaiserslautern between 1989 and 1997.

Singh was named on the bench due to a personnel crisis which left the German champions without the likes of injured duo Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso, and the suspended Javi Martinez.

The 5’7” playmaker, whose playing style has been likened to that of Mesut Ozil has been on Munich’s radar since he was 11 years old. He played in the A-League with Wellington Phoenix till last season and his performances for Wellington in the 2018-19 A-League season convinced the Bayern hierarchy to sign him.

As a New Zealand international, he earned 6 caps and also scored 1 international goal.  Sarpreet’s only international goal, against Kenya, was incidentally scored in India when New Zealand had been participating in the Intercontinental Cup in Mumbai last year.

The 20-year-old who was born and raised in Auckland has signed a three-year deal, started initially with Bayern’s reserve team before finally featuring for the first team.