Most soccer players dream of playing in one of the top European leagues. The money is better, the glory is greater and a players chances of being selected for a National side is much higher. Unfortunately it is almost impossible to break into these top leagues as a non-EU player.
For those who may initially have missed being scouted at an early age, there is always the possibility of playing in one of the less well-known leagues for example, in Slovenia, Turkey, Poland or Bulgaria and working their way up.
Nowadays every league in Europe, has a smattering of overseas nationals playing, and for those who have missed out earlier in their careers, there is considerable merit in following such a path.
In the first place, competition is less so they are more likely to get regular first team football and, if they are any good, they will be picked up by one of the top teams in that country. And because certain teams tends to dominate local leagues, they will gain prominence, and come to the attention of the network of scouts that are combing Europe on behalf of the top clubs.
Although these smaller teams may not get very far in the group stages of a competition, they will still provide exposure to the players on the team. Top scouts tend to watch these games from the initial rounds as they progress onwards, and these smaller clubs still get paired against the giants.
An example of a top club signing an unknown player is West Ham United. In January 2020, West Ham signed midfielder Tomas Soucek from Slavia Prague. They were so impressed by him that nine months later they went back to Prague and signed defender Vladimir Coufal.
Last season the pair helped West Ham finish sixth in the league and qualify for the Europa League and, this season, they are currently in the Champions League places.
Stay tuned, GoSoccerPro is in talks with some well known European companies. We want to help position players to join some of these smaller European teams with the goal of positioning them to ultimately play in the top leagues.