Sarpreet Singh first Indian-origin player to play for Bayern Munich

Wednesday 18th December 2019 07:15 EST

Sarpreet Singh replaced Philippe Coutinho during Bayern Munich’s 6-1 demolition of Werder Bremen in their Bundesliga match, becoming the first player of Indian descent to play in the top tier of German football. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder, who joined Bayern in the summer from Wellington Phoenix in Australia's A-League, made his debut for the German champion when he was introduced for hat-trick scorer Philippe Coutinho.

Singh was named on the bench due to a personnel crisis which left the German champion without the likes of injured duo Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso, and the suspended Javi Martinez. Although he was given little chance to impress with the match already wrapped up, the New Zealander has been tipped for big things.

Having been on Munich's radar since the age of 11, Singh's performances for Wellington in the 2018-19 A-League season convinced the Bayern hierarchy to sign him. Singh is 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. Born in New Zealand to Indian parents, Sarpreet Singh played for Onehunga Sports in his youth before signing for Wellington Phoenix in 2015.

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