Sardar Singh to play for Dutch club HC Bloemendaal

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Sardar Singh is one of the most experienced players in the Indian squad and has been representing India in the senior team since 2006. He also owes the credit of serving India as the youngest captain. Currently, the Indian captain is the highest paid player in the Indian Hockey League (IHL) held in January – February 2013. The 27-year-old Indian captain represents Delhi WaveRiders in the Indian Hockey League (IHL).

In the Asia Cup 2013 finals, Sardar Singh led the team with high enthusiasm and the team was successful in making their road to the finals. He proved to be a player with good leadership skills. He also guided the formations well during the game and other dimensions of strategy. After the dominating performance of South Korea in the first half, the men in blue recovered strongly in the second half under the leadership of Sardar Singh. It was altogether a good show from India in the final. However, some silly mistakes led them to lose against South Korea by a single goal margin 3-4.

Recently, the captain of senior Indian hockey team Sardar Singh has signed a contract with the champions of 2013 European Hockey League – HC Bloemendaal. Sardar Singh will be taking the place of star Netherlands attacker Teun de Nooijer after his retirement recently.

Nooijer made his debut for HC Bloemendaal at the age of 17 in the year 1993. The star Dutch attacker provided his relentless services to the club for a long span of 20 years. He has 2 golds, 2 silver medals to his credit in the Olympic Games and several other medals in other championships too. The International Hockey Federation awarded him with the title World Hockey Player of the Year in the year 2003, 2005 and 2006. Apart from being a wonderful hockey player, his fans recognise him as a gentleman on and off the field.

Established on April16, 1895, HC Bloemendaal is the oldest hockey club of Netherlands. The club has 13 Dutch national titles, 2 EuroHockey Club Champions Cup titles and 2 Euro Hockey League titles in their account.

The Indian hockey star Sardar Singh was delighted after joining this accomplished Dutch hockey club. He quoted that the Bloemendaal hockey club is the oldest and most competitive hockey club in the world and will certainly help him upsurge his skills. It has been said that Sardar Singh will deliver great experience to the Bloemendaal squad and will motivate the young players of the club with his character and esteem.

Apart from Sardar Singh, the Dutch club has also signed a contract with Tom Boon and Simon Gougnard – the Belgian star players. These vital additions to the Dutch club will certainly elevate the standards of spirit and strategy of the club. Jamie Dwyer, Chris Ciriello, Matthew Swann, Fergus Kavanagh from Australia, and Rogier Hofman, Jaap Stockmann from Netherlands, are some of the other prominent assets of HC Bloemendaal.

Sardar Singh’s association with HC Bloemendaal will surely be enhancing for their overall team score and will make them a tougher side to play against.

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