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|Full name||Nicolaas Pieter Claesen|
|Date of birth||1 October 1962|
|Place of birth||Maasmechelen, Belgium|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|RFC Liège (manager)|
|1977–1978||K. Patro Eisden Maasmechelen|
|1985–1986||Standard de Liège||28||(10)|
|1988–1992||Royal Antwerp FC||119||(39)|
|1993–1994||Royal Antwerp FC||31||(2)|
|2005–2008||Patro Eisden MM|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Claesen was signed by Tottenham Hotspur in October 1986 by David Pleat who bought him from Standard Liege for £600K. He made his debut against Liverpool at Anfield. In August 1988 When Terry Venables arrived Claesen fell out of favour and sold him for £550K to Antwerp FC. He also played for VfB Stuttgart.
He earned 36 caps and scored 12 goals from 1983 to 1990 for the Belgium national football team, and was in the squad for three major tournaments: UEFA Euro 1984, the 1986 FIFA World Cup, where he scored three goals as Belgium finished in fourth, and the 1990 FIFA World Cup.