You may not know Christian Eissele, but odds are, his name will be in front of your face with increasing frequency in the coming years.
The former Central Florida forward (he scored a goal on his very first college touch at UCF, if that tells you anything), signed at the age of 18 with Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy, which is designed to give Americans a chance to play and study abroad at the same time. After a trial with Bradford City ran into work permit roadblocks, Eissele looked outward.
At 19, Eissele moved to Kemi Kings in the small Finnish town of Kemi, just miles south of the Arctic Circle. In his first season with the recently relegated club, Eissele scored 20 goals in 21 starts despite the fact Kemi Kings couldn’t crawl out of the third tier. The next season, Eissele managed 24 goals in 26 matches under new manager Tommy Taylor, which precipitated a move to IK Brage in Sweden’s third tier.
This goal of Eissele’s came in the 86th minute of Brage’s recent 3-0 win over Vasteras SK. Apparently the VSK players didn’t realize this was a live ball.
Här är Brages underliga mål från igår. VSK-spelarna tror att domaren blåser för offside, vilket han inte gör. pic.twitter.com/xg6bSH20jK
— Martin Jönslars (@Superklinga) May 19, 2015
So ridiculous. So good.
The goal was the second of the season for Eissele, who’s currently doing his best as a 1992 to move up the ladder in Scandinavia before (hopefully) procuring a move to a bigger league and turning some eyes. Heads-up plays like these don’t hurt.