After battling all the way from Germany’s third tier, Olivier Occean will finally play in the Bundesliga next season.
The 30-year old Canadian international bagged 17 goals in 30 league matches to help his club Greuther Fürth into Germany’s top level, although when it came down to Friday’s decisive match against FSV Frankfurt, Occean's scoring was not needed as Fürth secured promotion with a 1-1 draw.
The win means next season will be the first time the Kleeblatter play in the Bundesliga, although prior to that league’s founding in 1963, Fürth won titles in 1914, 1926 and 1929.
The Bundesliga will be the highest level Occean has played in his career, after spells in the United Soccer Leagues with the Vermont Voltage and Norway with Odd Grenland and Lillestrøm.
The Brossard, Quebec, native’s German soccer adventure began in 2010 when he joined Kickers Offenbach in that country’s third tier, and he did so well there, scoring 16 goals in 30 league matches, that Fürth offered him a three-year deal at the beginning of the 2011-12 season.
Occean has five goals in 23 career matches for Canada, and most recently scored the opener in his country’s 4-0 victory over Saint Kitts and Nevis in November.