There were some notable events in the careers of two All Whites at different ends of their respective playing windows in the past week.
Midfielder Sarpreet Singh, 21, made his first start in Germany’s Bundesliga for Bayern Munich during the weekend while veteran goalkeeper Glen Moss announced his immediate retirement from football.
Singh, who linked with Bayern last year after beginning his professional career in the A-League with the Wellington Phoenix, also recently claimed a winner’s medal with the German giants as Bayern wrapped up their eighth-consecutive domestic crown.
With the league title safe, Singh was deployed on the left side of the midfield in their 3-1 win over SC Freiburg. Singh is the first New Zealander to play in the Bundesliga since Oceania Footballer of the Century Wynton Rufer turned out for Werder Bremen from 1989-1995.
The start against Freiburg was Singh’s second game in the Bundesliga after he made a substitute appearance against Werder Bremen in December. He has regularly featured on the bench for the top team while also playing for the club’s reserves.
Bayern have one more league encounter left in their season when they meet Wolfsburg this weekend; they will also tackle Bayer Leverkusen in the German Cup final on July 5 (NZT) as they look to claim a domestic double.
Singh has made six appearances for the All Whites since his international debut in 2018.
Happy to make my first league start for @FCBayern 👊🏾 pic.twitter.com/UqyJu1xlxC
— Sarpreet Singh (@Sarpreetsingh88) June 20, 2020
Meanwhile, Moss, 37, has bid farewell to the game ahead of the A-League’s resumption in Australia as the competition’s 15th-most capped player with 250 appearances.
“It’s a decision that’s best for my family, we’ve already settled back in Sydney and we want to be together,” Moss said.
“I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on a career that I’m extremely proud of, and I’m happy to finish on my terms.
“Hopefully the boys can kick on and crack the top six. I’ll be at home cheering them on from the couch.”
Moss grabbed his 250th A-League cap when he came off the bench for the Newcastle Jets against Melbourne City on March 23 before the competition went on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The well-travelled gloveman retired from international football two years ago with 29 All Whites caps to his name; his last international involvement came as part of New Zealand’s squad for the FIFA World Cup Intercontinental Playoff match against Peru in 2017.
Moss was born in New Zealand but raised in Australia and represented his country of birth at U-20 and U-23 level before making his senior debut in 2006; he also kept eight clean sheets for the All Whites.
At club level he was a fixture in Australasia and played in the A-League for the New Zealand Knights, Wellington Phoenix, Melbourne Victory, Gold Coast United and the Newcastle Jets.