Abneet Bharti

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Abneet Bharti
Personal information
Full name Abneet Bharti
Date of birth (1998-07-14) 14 July 1998 (age 21)
Place of birth Kathmandu, Nepal
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)*
Playing position Centre-back/Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Sport União Sintrense
Number
Youth career
Geylang International FC
Balestier Khalsa FC
2014–2016 Real Valladolid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016 Real Valladolid 0 (0)
2017 Sport União Sintrense 7 (1)
National team
India U16
India U23
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 January 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 November 2016

Abneet Bharti (born 14 July 1998) is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a defender for Sport União Sintrense He is also currently the only footballer from India playing abroad in Europe. Leading Italian football newspaper, CalcioMercato.com nominated him as one of the best Under-21 Asian players in the world [1]

Club career[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

Early career[edit | hide | edit source]

Bharti spent his first years in the local sports club Shastri FC in New Delhi, India. Later due to the transfer of his father's job to Singapore, Bharti was spotted by S.League club Geylang International FC who signed him on a youth contract. At the age of 13 he was promoted to the under 16 squad and also made appearances for the under 18 squad towards the end of the season. After a good season, his youth contract was extended.[2]

After his stint with Geylang International FC, he signed a contract with fellow S.League rival Balestier Khalsa, at the age of 14 he was fast-tracked from the youth sides to the reserve team. During the season he was also involved with the first team by coach Marko Kraljević at the age of 14. Later in 2014, a few clubs were said to be keeping an eye on him from Europe. He eventually chose Spain for his development and moved to Real Valladolid.[3] [4]

Real Valladolid[edit | hide | edit source]

Before the 2014-2015 season, Bharti moved and joined Spanish side, Real Valladolid.[3] Bharti was scouted by scout Daswani, who played a major role in the transfer.[3] He adjusted to life in Spain very quickly and was regularly promoted up in the club's youth sides.[5]

He continued to put good performances and a host of European clubs including R.S.C. Anderlecht, Eintracht Frankfurt, TSV 1860 Munich, SV Darmstadt 98 started to monitor his progress and invited him to visit and train. However, due to FIFA transfer rules restricting the transfer of minors, he was unable to sign the contract offered by clubs and complete a transfer.[6][7][8]

After his father's job transfer to Poland, at the age of just 16 years old he had a successful trial and was offered a professional contract with the first team of Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała who at that time played in top tier, Polish Ekstraklasa. However, due to internal conflicts inside the club, Bharti chose to return to Valladolid.[9][10][11][12]

Sport Uniäo Sintrense[edit | hide | edit source]

Bharti completed a transfer to Sport União Sintrense during the last days of the winter transfer window in January 2017. He moved to the Sintra based club to gain more senior football experience after lack of first team opportunities in Real Valladolid. Bharti was convinced to go there by head coach Luís Boa Morte, who regarded the youngster highly.[13] [14]

Bharti made his debut against Sporting Lisbon and played as a right back, he was also the youngest player on the pitch.[15]

International[edit | hide | edit source]

Born to Indian parents in Kathmandu, Nepal, Bharti is eligible to play for both India and Nepal national teams. Bharti has been called up by Indian youth team, but is still awaiting a call-up for the senior side.[14]

References[edit | hide | edit source]

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  2. "Indian Teenager Abneet Bharti Set to Seal Move to Spanish Club Real Valladolid". IBT Times. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Indian teenager Abneet Bharti selected to play for Real Valladolid Academy". Sportskeeda. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  4. "Abneet Bharti's journey: From India to Spanish club Real Valladolid". Firstpost. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  5. ""Spanish Football is all about Technique" – INDIA'S PROTEGE ABNEET BHARTI". Hardtackle. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  6. "Indian youth footballer Abneet Bharti on radar of Bundesliga clubs". Sportskeeda. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  7. "Indian youth footballer Abneet Bharti on radar of Bundesliga clubs". Yahoonews. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  8. "Belgian Champions RSC Anderlecht interested signing youngster Abneet Bharti". Sportskeeda. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  9. "Abneet Bharti agrees terms with Polish top division club TS Podbeskidzie". Sportskeeda. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  10. "Podbeskidzie Bielsko-Biała. Abneet Bharti uzgodnił warunki kontraktu". SlaskSport. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  11. "Abneet Bharti agrees terms with Polish top division club TS Podbeskidzie". Yahoonews. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  12. "SENSACYJNY KONTRAKT PODBESKIDZIA Z 16-LETNIM HINDUSKIM TALENTEM?". Katowickisport. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  13. "India's Abneet Bharti seals move to Portuguese outfit, Sintrense?". Sportskeeda. 13 March 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Breaking: Indian youngster signs contract at Portugese [sic] club". Sportsnova. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  15. "Indian starlet shines on debut for Portuguese side Sport Uniao Sintrense". Khelnow. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.