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Harmeet Singh (born 12 November 1990) is a Norwegian international footballer who plays professionally as a defensive midfielder for the Finnish club HJK in Veikkausliiga.

Harmeet Singh
Harmeet Singh (Vålerenga Oslo) - Norway national under-21 football team (01).jpg
Singh with Norway U21 in 2011
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-11-12) 12 November 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Oslo, Norway
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
HJK
Number 6
Youth career
–2002 Furuset Fotball
2003–2007 Vålerenga
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2012 Vålerenga 101 (8)
2012–2014 Feyenoord 7 (0)
2014–2015 Molde 53 (4)
2016 FC Midtjylland 0 (0)
2016–2017 Molde 26 (5)
2017 Wisła Płock 1 (0)
2017–2018 Kalmar FF 10 (0)
2018–2019 Sarpsborg 08 28 (1)
2019– HJK 4 (0)
National team
2005 Norway U15 7 (3)
2006 Norway U16 13 (2)
2007 Norway U17 14 (2)
2008 Norway U18 5 (0)
2008–2009 Norway U19 11 (0)
2008–2011 Norway U21 37 (5)
2012– Norway 7 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 aPRIL 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:32, 13 March 2016 (UTC)

He is nicknamed "The Norwegian Iniesta" by international media.[1][2]

Club careerEdit

VålerengaEdit

He made his league debut under Martin Andresen in a 1–1 draw against Rosenborg BK in 2008.[citation needed] Singh's goal on 23 September 2009 against Molde in the semi-final of the 2009 Norwegian Football Cup,[3] was nominated Goal of the Year in Norway in 2009.[4] In a friendly game with Vålerenga former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola praised Singh heavily after the game in which he scored a goal.[5][6] With Vålerenga he won the 2008 Norwegian Football Cup and became runner-up in the 2009 Superfinalen and the 2010 Tippeligaen.[7]

FeyenoordEdit

On 5 July 2012 it was officially announced that he would join Dutch side Feyenoord on a two-year contract with an option for a third and fourth season for a transfer fee of €300.000.[8] In Rotterdam he will play with squad number 16 alongside fellow Norwegian Omar Elabdellaoui who came over on a season long loan from Manchester City.[9] Singh stated that he was delighted to play for a team in which players like Dirk Kuyt, Robin van Persie and Roy Makaay played before.[10]

Singh made a total of seven appearances, six as a substitute during the 2012–13 season, and was an unused substitute in 23 matches.[11] Singh asked to go on loan to another club ahead of the 2013–14 season, and he was close on joining NEC Nijmegen but the transfer did not happen. Towards the end of September 2013, Singh had not featured for Feyenoord during the new season, and stated that he wanted to leave the club in the next transfer window unless he managed to play more for the first team.[11]

MoldeEdit

On 19 February 2014, it was announced that Singh had signed a two-year deal with Molde after leaving Feyenoord on a free transfer.[12]

FC MidtjyllandEdit

On 1 February 2016 it was confirmed, that FC Midtjylland had signed a 3-year contract with Singh.[13]

Molde ReturnEdit

On 11 March 2016, Singh's contract with FC Midtjylland was cancelled due to failing to settle in Denmark,[14] and he returned to Molde FK, signing an 18-month contract with the club.[15]

Wisła PłockEdit

On 23 March 2017, Singh signed for Ekstraklasa side Wisła Płock on an 18-month contract.[16] After only two months and one game played, the club announced that Singh had asked for termination of his contract due to personal and family reasons.[17]

International careerEdit

 
Harmeet Singh playing for Norway U21 in 2011.

Singh has represented Norway at the U15, U16, U17, U18, U19 and U21 levels. On 5 June 2009, at just 18 years of age, he made his debut for the U21s in a 1–1 draw against Estonia U21.[18]

Singh made his debut for the senior team when he replaced Simen Brenne at half time in a 1–1 friendly draw against Denmark on 15 January 2012.[19] He featured in all three matches in the 2012 King's Cup.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

As of 10 November 2018[7][21]
Club Season Division League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vålerenga 2007 Tippeligaen 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
2008 9 0 3 0 - 12 0
2009 25 1 6 2 2 0 33 3
2010 30 5 1 0 - 31 5
2011 27 2 2 2 4 0 33 4
2012 10 0 1 0 - 11 0
Total 101 8 14 4 6 0 121 12
Feyenoord 2012–2013 Eredivisie 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
2013–2014 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 7 0 0 0 1 0 8 0
Molde 2014 Tippeligaen 28 3 5 0 4 0 37 3
2015 25 1 2 0 11 1 38 2
2016 26 5 1 0 0 0 27 5
Total 79 9 8 0 15 1 102 10
Wisła Płock 2016–17 Ekstraklasa 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kalmar 2017 Allsvenskan 10 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
Sarpsborg 08 2018 Eliteserien 28 1 0 0 8 0 36 1
HJK 2019 Veikkausliiga 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Career Total 230 18 22 4 30 1 282 23

Playing styleEdit

Singh plays as a deep-lying midfielder.[22][23]

HonoursEdit

Singh received a 'Special Recognition Award' at the Asian Football Awards.[24][25] In 2010, Singh was listed as one of the "100 greatest talents out of the world" by the Spanish football newspaper Don Balón.[26][27][28] Singh's goal on 23 September 2009 against Molde in the semi-final of the 2009 Norwegian Football Cup, was nominated Goal of the Year in Norway. [29]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Harmeet Singh, el 'Iniesta noruego', sueña con jugar en España" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Update: 'Noorse Iniesta' meldt zich dinsdag voor keuring bij Feyenoord" (in Dutch). Voetbalzone. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Liten glede for Singh". vif-fotball.no (in Norwegian). Vålerenga Fotball. 23 September 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Stem på årets mål". fotball.no (in Norwegian). Football Association of Norway. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 31 January 2012.
  5. ^ "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Q & A with Harmeet Singh". www.vaishalibhardwaj.com. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Barcelona Coach Pep Guardiola Impressed By Valerenga's Luton Shelton". Robin Bairner. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  7. ^ a b Harmeet Singh at Soccerway
  8. ^ "Feyenoord versterkt zich met Harmeet Singh" (in Dutch). Feyenoord Official Website. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Feyenoord versterkt zich met Singh en Elabdellaoui". FeyenoordNet. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Singh vol ambitie naar De Kuip" (in Dutch). Feyenoord Official Website. 5 July 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  11. ^ a b Hernes, Øystein; Mangelrød, Nils (24 September 2013). "Singh har spilt 131 minutter på ett år" (in Norwegian). Verdens Gang. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Feyenoord-flop Singh vindt emplooi bij tweevoudig Noors kampioen". Voetbalprimeur. 19 February 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Harmeet Singh på plads i FCM". FC Midtjylland. 1 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Singh på plads i Molde". fcm.dk (in Danish). FC Midtjylland. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Harmeet Singh tilbake i Molde FK". moldefk.no (in Norwegian). Molde FK. 11 March 2016. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Harmeet Singh piłkarzem Wisły Płock". wisla-plock.pl (in Polish). Wisła Płock. 21 March 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  17. ^ NORWESKI INIESTA NIE POMOŻE WIŚLE PŁOCK. ROZWIĄZAŁ KONTRAKT Z KLUBEM, przegladsportowy.pl, 26 May 2017
  18. ^ "Estonia 1–1 Norway". Norway Football Federation. 5 June 2009. Archived from the original on 18 June 2012.
  19. ^ "Elyounoussi reddet Norge: – Dette lover godt". vg.no (in Norwegian). VG. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  20. ^ Flygind, Kjetil (21 January 2012). "- Ikke hørt noe fra Molde" (in Norwegian). Aftenposten. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  21. ^ "Harmeet Singh". nifs.no (in Norwegian). A-pressen.
  22. ^ "Who is Harmeet Singh: Profiling the youngster of Indian origin who has just joined Dutch giants Feyenoord". Kaustav Bera. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  23. ^ "Indian origin footballer Harmeet Singh joins Molde FK from Feyenoord". Chris Punnakkattu Daniel. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  24. ^ "Asian Football Awards 2013". Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  25. ^ "Asian Football Awardwinners announced". Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  26. ^ "Henriksen and Singh toplist". Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  27. ^ "↑ Los 100 & Youth talentos actuales". Archived from the original on 16 October 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
  28. ^ "From talent to top player". Archived from the original on 16 March 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  29. ^ "VOTE FOR THIS YEAR'S TARGET". NFF News. Retrieved 13 March 2014.

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