EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Q & A with Harmeet Singh

Feyenoord midfielder, Harmeet Singh, talks exclusively to www.vaishalibhardwaj.com about his career so far. Among other topics, Singh speaks frankly about beginning his career in impressive style with Norwegian club Vålerenga to struggling to make a mark at Dutch giants Feyenoord. The 23-year-old also talks about his desire to break into the Norway senior squad and his honour at receiving the Special Recognition accolade at the 2013 Asian Football Awards.

Singh spent five impressive seasons with Norwegian club Vålerenga. Photo: Åserud, Lise (Scanpix)

Singh spent five impressive seasons with Norwegian club Vålerenga. Photo: Åserud, Lise (Scanpix)

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EXCLUSIVE: Harmeet Singh keen to leave Feyenoord in search of regular spot

This article was first published on www.goal.com. To read it in English, click here, or to read it in Dutch, click here.

Photo: Getty images

Photo: Getty images

Feyenoord midfielder Harmeet Singh has admitted he wants to leave Holland this month in a bid to earn more playing time, and would prefer a move to England, Spain or France.

Singh joined Feyenoord on a two-year deal in 2012 after making more than 100 appearances and scoring eight goals with five-time Norwegian champions, Vålerenga.

However, the Norway international – who is of Indian heritage – has struggled to cement his place in Feyenoord’s starting eleven, having played just 131 minutes of football since arriving at De Kuip.

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REPORT: Bordeaux 1-0 Lille

Vincent Enyeama's run of 11 consecutive clean sheets came to an end in Lille's 1-0 loss in Bordeaux. Photo: REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Vincent Enyeama’s run of 11 consecutive clean sheets came to an end in Lille’s 1-0 loss in Bordeaux. Photo: REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Bordeaux 1-0 Lille

Simon Kjaer’s own goal cruelly denied teammate Vincent Enyeama the Ligue 1 clean sheet record against 10-man Bordeaux at the Stade Chaban-Delmas on Sunday.

The Nigeria international had gone more than 1000 minutes without conceding when the Lille defender unwittingly deflected in Landry N’guemo’s strike on 27 minutes.

Maxime Poundje received a 58th-minute straight red card for a tackle on Franck Beria but the win – Bordeaux’s third successive league victory – moves les Girondins into sixth.

Lille, meanwhile, remain in second-placed and trail league leaders Paris Saint-Germain by four points.

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ARTICLE: Hantz bemoans poor Bastia finishing

Bastia manager Frédéric Hantz was disappointed with the 1-1 draw against Corsican rivals Ajaccio

Bastia manager Frédéric Hantz was disappointed with the 1-1 draw against Corsican rivals Ajaccio

Bastia manager Frédéric Hantz called on his players to improve in front of goal following his team’s 1-1 draw against 10-man Ajaccio in the Corsica derby.

“I’m disappointed, but, not annoyed,” Hantz said after the match at the Stade Parsemain on Wednesday.

“You’re annoyed when the players don’t stick to what they were asked to do, and that wasn’t the case.

“When you’re in front and attacking, you have to be focussed right until the last minute.”

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REPORT: Ajaccio 1-1 Bastia

Eduardo (right) celebrates with his Ajaccio teammates after equalising against Corsican rivals Bastia

Eduardo (right) celebrates with his Ajaccio teammates after equalising against Corsican rivals Bastia

Ajaccio 1-1 Bastia

Eduardo’s late equaliser earned 10-man Ajaccio a point in the Corsica derby at the Stade Parsemain on Wednesday.

Florian Raspentino gave the visitors the lead on nine minutes before Ajaccio’s Joshua Nadeau was sent off on 62 minutes.

Eduardo’s strike eight minutes from time then gifted relegation-strugglers Ajaccio with a draw, which keeps them in 19th place, while Bastia remain in eighth.

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ARTICLE: Baup delighted with Marseille milestone

Marseille manager Elie Baup praised his team for reaching a new milestone in the club’s rich history at the weekend.

“It’s symbolic and a big moment for Marseille to become the first club to reach 1000 Ligue 1 victories,” Baup said following his squad’s 2-0 home win against 16th-placed Montpellier on Saturday.

He added: “We’re very happy about that and the fact that our squad have contributed to it with this third straight win.”

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REPORT: Marseille 2-0 Montpellier

Photo: Getty images

Photo: Getty images

Marseille 2-0 Montpellier

Florian Thauvin continued his impressive start to the season with a goal at the Stade Vélodrome on Friday.

The France U-21 star scored in the 36th-minute – his eighth goal in eight games for club and country – before Saber Khalifa ensured the win with his added-time strike.

The victory, which is Marseille’s third successive win in the league, keeps Elie Baup’s men in fourth place while Montpellier remain in 16th.

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REPORT: Everton 3-3 Liverpool

Everton 3-3 Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge’s late header rescued a point for Liverpool in the 221st Merseyside derby.

Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez cancelled out Kevin Miralles’s goal to give the visitors a 2-1 first-half lead. Romelu Lukaku’s second-half brace turned the game on its head, but, Sturridge clinched a draw with his 89th-minute header.

The result keeps Liverpool in second place in the Premier League while Everton sit in seventh.

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World Cup second-leg play-offs round-up

France celebrate their qualification for the 2014 World Cup. Photo: AFP/Getty images

France celebrate their qualification for the 2014 World Cup. Photo: AFP/Getty images

Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half hat-trick booked Portugal’s place at next year’s World Cup finals after a thrilling 3-2 second-leg play-off victory against Sweden.

Ronaldo – whose first-leg header had given Portugal a narrow lead in the tie – scored on 50 minutes in Solna before Zlatan Ibrahimovic bagged a brace in four second-half minutes.

Ronaldo hit back with two more goals, though, to ensure the 4-2 aggregate win.

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ARTICLE: Bento full of praise for Portugal

Portugal manager Paulo Bento praised his side for overcoming a tricky play-off with Sweden to book their place at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

“Qualification was fair, and we have to enjoy the moment,” Bento said following Portugal’s 3-2 (4-2 aggregate) second-leg play-off victory in Solna.

He added: “Since 2000, Portugal has made every finals without a break and this generation needs to be congratulated.”

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