Roger Claessen

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Roger Claessen
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Personal information
Full name Roger Claessen
Date of birth (1941-09-27)27 September 1941
Place of birth Warsage, Belgium
Date of death 3 October 1982(1982-10-03) (aged 41)
Place of death Liège, Belgium
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1954–1956 Etoile Dalhem
1956–1958 Standard de Liège
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1958–1968 Standard de Liège 229 (161)
1968–1970 Alemannia Aachen 44 (11)
1970–1972 Beerschot 7 (3)
1972–1974 Crossing Schaerbeek 58 (2)
Total 338 (177)
National team
1961–1968 Belgium 17 (7)
Teams managed
RJS Bas-Oha
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Roger Claessen (27 September 1941 – 3 October 1982) was a Belgian football player who finished as the top scorer of the Belgian League with 20 goals (along with Paul Van Himst) in 1968 while playing for Standard Liège.[1] He played 17 times with the Belgian national team between 1961 and 1968. Claessen made his international debut on 20 May 1961 in a 2–1 defeat to Switzerland and he scored. He was a strong header.

Due to lifestyle, the rest of his career was marred, and he was nicknamed "Roger-La honte" (Roger-the shame).[2] He played for other teams, like Alemannia Aachen[3] Beerschot and Crossing Schaarbeek[4] before retiring from football in 1974.

He was voted Standard de Liège player of the century by supporters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.standard.be/fr/a_joueurs_det.php?id=78[dead link]
  2. ^ "Roger Claessen, from Hell to Eternity". 23 April 2009. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Roger Claessen" (in German). fussballdaten.de. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Roger Claessen". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 

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