Eric Oelschlägel joined in the summer of 2018 from Werder Bremen, where he had been the No. 1 shot-stopper for the reserves in 2017/18. Despite being included in the matchday squad four times – three times for BVB – he has not yet played in the Bundesliga. But he has in the DFB Cup. With BVB without goalkeepers Roman Bürki and Marwin Hitz for the DFB Cup Round of 16 tie at home to Werder Bremen on 5 February 2019, Oelschlägel stepped in. He made several good saves but could not prevent the Black & Yellows from being eliminated on penalties.
The goalkeeper possesses something not many footballers do: an Olympic medal in his trophy cabinet. Silver in his case, won in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Horst Hrubesch took him to the Games in Brazil as the third-choice goalkeeper. The Hoyerswerda native, who was born in 1995 and stands at 1.93m-tall, made 67 appearances for Werder Bremen's U23 team in the third tier – 36 of which came as the No. 1 in the 2017/18 campaign. That Oelschlägel convinced between the sticks that season is reflected by the fact he obtained an average kicker rating of 2.97. He has played 28 times for the Borussia Dortmund U23s in the Regionalliga.
Oelschlägel's first stop on his way to the top came in the Dynamo Dresden youth setup in 2001. He returned to Dynamo after two years with SG Dresden Striesen between 2006 and 2008, before moving to the Weser in 2012. Oelschlägel signed his first professional contract in 2016. He was off to Rio later that summer and in November that year was in Bellevue Palace to meet former German president Joachim Gauck, who presented the successful Olympians with the Silver Laurel Leaf.