Daylon Claasen

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Daylon Claasen
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Claasen with Ajax in 2009
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-01-28) 28 January 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth Klerksdorp, South Africa
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Left winger
Club information
Current team
Bidvest Wits
Youth career
Leicester City Klerksdorp
Vasco Da Gama
2002–2006 Ajax Cape Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Ajax Cape Town 2 (0)
2008–2010 Ajax 0 (0)
2010–2013 Lierse 69 (11)
2013–2014 Lech Poznań 23 (3)
2014–2017 1860 Munich 49 (1)
2017– Bidvest Wits 2 (0)
National team
2010– South Africa 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 September 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:58, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

Daylon Claasen (born 28 January 1990) is a South African international footballer who plays professionally for Bidvest Wits, as a winger.[1]


Club career[edit]

Born in Klerksdorp, Claasen played youth football with Leicester City Klerksdorp and Vasco Da Gama.[2] He has played professionally in South Africa, the Netherlands and Belgium for Ajax Cape Town, Ajax and Lierse.[3][4][5]

Claasen was released by Lierse in April 2013,[6] and subsequently went on trial with Premier League club Everton the same month.[7]

Claasen then went on trial with newly promoted Premier League club Hull City in July 2013, initially under the pseudonym of "James Armstrong" for a match against Winterton Rangers, where he scored one goal,[8] before his actual identity was revealed two days later.[9]

On 21 August 2013 he signed a one-year contract with Polish club Lech Poznań.[10]

In June 2014 he signed a contract with German 2. Bundesliga club 1860 Munich.[11] He scored his first goal for 1860 Munich on 8 August 2015 in the first round of the DFB-Pokal against Hoffenheim, when he brought his team to a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute.[12]

International career[edit]

Claasen made his international debut for South Africa in 2010.[4]


  1. ^ Bidvest Wits sign Claasen from 1860 Munich‚, 29 June 2017
  2. ^ "Claasen joins Ajax Amsterdam". iAfrica.
  3. ^ "Profile" (in Dutch). Voetbal International.
  4. ^ a b "Daylon Claasen". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman.
  5. ^ Daylon Claasen at Soccerway
  6. ^ "Claasen says goodbye in Afrikaans" (in Dutch). 19 April 2013.
  7. ^ David Prentice (23 April 2013). "South African midfielder Daylon Claessen hoping to impress in trial with Everton FC". Liverpool Echo.
  8. ^ "Tigers Win At Winterton". Hull City A.F.C. 15 July 2013.
  9. ^ Mark Fewings (17 July 2013). "Exclusive: Identity of Hull City's mystery international trialist revealed". Hull Daily Mail. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  10. ^ "To już oficjalne. Daylon Claasen piłkarzem Lecha Poznań" (in Polish). 21 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Claasen verstärkt die Löwen" (in German). Bundesliga. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Claasen und Mulic lassen geschundene Löwen strahlen" [Claasen and Mulic let troubled lions shine] (in German). 8 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.