Paul Vaessen scores away at Juventus in 1980
Paul Vaessen scores away at Juventus in 1980

Paul Vaessen

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Name Paul Vaessen
Arsenal Career 1977 - 1982
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Appearances 41 (27 starts, 14 as a sub)
Goals 9

The name 'Paul Vaessen' is synonymous with a famous night in Turin in 1980 when Arsenal became the first club for a decade to beat Juventus on their own ground in European competition. Vaessen's late header snatched a 1-0 win and propelled Arsenal into the final of the European Cup Winners' Cup. Vaessen, on as a substitute for David Price, was just 18 at the time but his joy was short-lived. Not long after, Vaessen suffered a severe knee injury and was forced to quit football two years later having made just 41 appearances for Arsenal, scoring nine goals. Tragically, Vaessen died in August 2001 at the age of 39.