Roger Claessen

Roger Claessen 1962

Roger Claessen ( born September 27, 1941 in Weerst; † October 3, 1982 in Liège ) was a Belgian football player.


Claessen began his football career in 1958 in the Belgian first division club Standard Liege for the championship, he played 180 matches and scored 124 hits. A total of 20 games (15 goals) come in the Belgian Cup competition and 29 inserts ( 22 goals ) in UEFA competitions. From a total of 161 gates for standard he scored only two from the penalty spot. In the season 1966/67, he was with ten goals best scorer in the European Cup Winners' Cup. A season later, he was charged with 20 -goal top scorer of the First Division, in collaboration with Paul van Himst.

1968 moved Claessen for a then-record sum of 300,000 DM to Alemannia Aachen in the Bundesliga, where he played two years. In the 1968/69 season, he finished with Alemannia Aachen the second place behind Bayern and he scored nine goals this season. In the following season, however, rose from Aachen to the second division and Claessen went back to Belgium. Overall, he brought it to 44 Bundesliga games for Aachen, where he achieved a total of eleven goals.

When K. Beerschot VAV in Antwerp, who later became in Germinal Beerschot, he played two more years of major league football and won the 1971 Beker van België. In 1972 he joined the Royal Crossing Club de Schaerbeek (now KCVV Elewijt ), which he descended to the second division.


Claessen was 1961-1968 Belgian national team and brought it at this time on 17 internationals. In his debut for the Red Devils on May 20, 1961, he scored the goal in the 1-2 defeat against Switzerland.

Awards and achievements

  • Scorer of the European Cup Winners' Cup 1966/67 ( Standard Liege )
  • Top scorer of the Belgian First League 1967/68 ( Standard Liege )
  • Belgian champion in 1961, 1963 ( with Standard Liege )
  • Belgian Cup winner in 1967, 1968 ( with Standard Liege ), 1971 ( with Beerschot VAV)
  • From the Liège- followers, he was voted the best player of the standard history, famous football players like Eric Gerets or Michel Preud'homme. His portrait adorns a pillar at the grandstand in one of the club Sclessin Stadium.


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  • Born in 1941
  • Died in 1982
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