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5 obscure Indian origin footballers playing abroad

These five aren't among the well-known Indian-origin footballers in the world.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 18: Sarpreet Singh of the Wellington Phoenix during the round 20 A-League match between the Wellington and Melbourne City at Westpac Stadium on February 18, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Mark Tantrum/Getty Images)
From Neil Taylor to Michael Chopra, we have witnessed players of Indian lineage strutting their stuff in foreign football fields

Football is a global sport. Despite India not being one of the big hitters in the world of football, there is no dearth of enthusiasm for football among Indians. From Neil Taylor to Michael Chopra, we have witnessed players of Indian lineage strutting their stuff in foreign football fields.

Here, we list down five of the less well-known footballers of Indian origin to play in leagues across the world. From the lower tiers of English football to New Zealand’s Premiership, players of Indian origin have tried to blaze a trail for future generations of the nation, though their efforts remain largely obscure.


#1 Malvind Benning

OLDHAM, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11:  Malvind Benning of Walsall in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Oldham Athletic and Walsall at Boundary Park on October 11, 2014 in Oldham, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Malvind Benning bagged Walsall’s Young Player of the Year award in 2014

Malvind Singh Benning plays for English League Two outfit Mansfield Town. The 23-year-old left-back is a regular at Steve Evans’s Stags and has played 40 games this season for his side, scoring one goal and providing four assists. He played a key role in Mansfield’s run to the quarter-finals of the EFL Trophy this season, missing only one match.

Benning started his career at Walsall, coming through their youth ranks before moving on loan to York City in January 2015. He bagged Walsall’s Young Player of the Year award in 2014 but was released in May of the following year. Following that, Benning moved to Mansfield and has since made 80 appearances for his current club.

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