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Singh may join Bundesliga side Hannover 96

Harmeet Singh (Hannover 96)

Vålerenga Oslo midfielder Harmeet Singh could land a deal with Hannover 96 and become the first Indian origin player to play in the German Bundesliga.

The talented 21 year old Norwegian international has drawn interest of Hannover 96 sports director Joerg Schmadtke, who attended Vålerenga’s league match against Viking Stavanger on Tuesday.

Schmadtke had a special interest in Harmeet and his teammate Mohammed Fellah according to reports coming out of Hannover. Both players could join the German club during the summer transfer window and strengthen the Hannover 96 squad.

Harmeet was born in Oslo as the son of Indian immigrants and he has represented Norway regularly at the U15, U16, U17, U18, U19 and U21 level. The midfielder made his debut for the senior national team in a 1-1 friendly draw against Denmark on January 15, 2012 and has been capped three times for the country of his birth.

Harmeet would be the first Indian origin player to represent a Bundesliga team and could continue the trend of Indian origin professionals in Germany’s top flight, after Robin Dutt left his mark as the first Indian origin coach at Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Could the German Bundesliga turn into an ideal place for Indian origin professionals, who aim to make it big in one of Europe’s top leagues? We have to wait and see, if Harmeet Singh will follow Robin’s footsteps in Germany and possibly open the door for other PIO’s to enter top football. Germany seems to be a good place to do so…


Watch Harmeet Singh in action…