Now on winter break like the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2, German football’s third division will resume in late January. One of the interesting narratives of the season will be the question of who will win 3. Liga’s scoring title. Currently, two German players born in 1988, Christian Beck of 1.FC Magdeburg and Justin Eilers of Dynamo Dresden, are tied for the 3. Liga goalscoring lead with 15 goals each in 21 league matches, while the next two top scorers in 3.Liga, Chemnitzer FC’s Anton Fink and Marco King of Fortuna Koln, each have netted 10 times.
Both Beck and Eilers lead the hopes of their respective clubs to gain promotion to Bundesliga 2 when the 2015/2016 season ends. At the break, Dynamo Dresden top 3. Liga with 46 points, losing only once while recording 13 wins and seven draws. Trailing behind are Baden-Württemberg side SG Sonnenhof Großaspach and Erzgebirge Aue, both with 35 points, followed by Magdeburg and VfL Osnabrück, with 32 points each.
Beck has been with Magdeburg since 2013. A native of Erfurt, then part of the East German nation, he came up in the RW Erfurt youth system and made his senior squad debut with the club in April, 2010. The 6’5″ striker has also played for Hallescher FC, Torgelower SV Greif and VfB Germania Halberstadt. Beck has nearly 60 goals for Magdeburg, who were promoted to 3. Liga this season after winning the Regionalliga Nordost last season.
In his quest for the 3. Liga scoring title, Beck has scored one hat trick (against FSV Mainz II) and three braces, including one against his old team, Hallescher FC while also scoring a goal against the club of his youth, RW Erfurt. Beck can also score against higher-profile competition, as his goal on August 17, 2014 in DFB Pokal 1st Round action knocked first-division FC Augsburg out of the tournament. Perhaps Beck’s best goal of this year’s campaign, though, came against VfL Osnabrück
Eilers, meanwhile, was born in Braunschweig in West Germany, and like Beck, came up in the youth system of his local club, Eintracht Braunschweig. The 6-foot forward made his professional debut against Kickers Offenbach in 2008, and has played for the reserve sides of VfL Bochum and VfL Wolfsburg, along with Lower Saxony side Goslarer SC 08. Eilers made his way back to professional football when he signed with Dresden in July, 2014.
Eilers has become a valuable asset to Dynamo, scoring 23 goals in all competitions last season. Like Beck, he made his mark in the 2014/2015 DFB Pokal, scoring three goals, including one against Schalke in the First Round to help eliminate the Royal Blues, and two more in Round Two against VfL Bochum. Among Eiler’s 15 goals in 3.Liga play so far this season, he has had four braces, including one against Beck and Magdeburg in Round 15. Also like Beck, he can net some eye-catching goals.
If Beck and Eilers stay with their clubs during the winter transfer window, it’s a good bet that one or the other will bag the 3.Liga scoring crown, and in doing so, help his club to promotion.
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