Emilio Estevez plays first game for Ado Den Haag

Taiwan international Emilio Estevez Tsai became the first player to transfer from the Canadian Premier League to a top-flight European league, and this weekend he got his first taste of playing time in Ado Den Haags friendly against Almere City.


It's been a long wait, but Emilio gets some game time with new club Den Haag

Emilio Estevez signed for Ado Den Haag just as the COVID-19 pandemic began to spread around the world and travel was shut down. This delayed the start of his career with his new club, as even though he had officially signed as a Den Haag player, he was stuck in Canada.

As travel tentatively began to resume around the world Estevez finally managed to make his way to Holland, where he suddenly found himself as the first Canadian Premier League player to make a transfer to a top-level European league. In doing so he also found himself playing at the highest level of football of any Taiwanese international playing abroad (slightly being ahead of Will Donkin at Stabeak as Holland is rated a higher league than Norway).

After an even longer wait, Estevez finally managed to pull on the yellow and green Den Haag shirt, as he got off the bench to play his first minutes of competitive football in Holland, in a friendly against Almere City. I am unaware of how many minutes he played, as I have searched on various sites around the internet and none have any squad listings or appearances for the friendly. 

Hopefully, Estevez can make an impact at Den Haag, and do well playing in Europe. Holland is definitely one of Europe's best leagues for young players coming through, as has been seen with many players throughout history. 

We are hoping Estevez can make his mark in Holland, which would be amazing for Taiwanese football. The first Taiwanese footballer who makes it in Europe, or becomes relatively well known, will be a trailblazer in Taiwan and has a big chance of inspiring others to play the game too. 

Estevez seems to take it all in his stride if his debut against Australia was anything to go by, hopefully, he continues with that frame of mind with his move to Holland and cements a place in the Den Haag side. All of the Taiwanese football community are definitely wishing him all the best.

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