Juan Ramón Verón

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Juan Ramón Verón
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Personal information
Full name Juan Ramón Verón
Date of birth (1944-03-17) March 17, 1944 (age 70)
Place of birth La Plata, Argentina
Playing position Midfielder / Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1972 Estudiantes 295 (total) (77)
1972–1975 Panathinaikos 57 (22)
1975 Estudiantes
1976–1977 Junior
1978–1979 Cúcuta Deportivo
1980–1981 Estudiantes
National team
1968-1971 Argentina 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 2007.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 March 2010

Juan Ramón Verón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxwan raˈmon beˈɾon]; born March 17, 1944 in La Plata) is an Argentine football coach and former professional player.

Estudiantes[edit]

Nicknamed La Bruja [la ˈβɾuxa] (English: The Witch), Juan Ramón Verón was a midfielder and striker renowned for his technical ability. He played for Estudiantes de La Plata, who were a dominant force in Argentine football during the late 1960s. Verón was known for his ability with the ball at his feet and his goal-scoring prowess.

Among the memorable goals he scored are his "bicycle kick" goal against Racing Club, his header in the Intercontinental Cup championship against Manchester United and, most famously, his glorious hat-trick against Brazil's Palmeiras in the finals of the 1968 Copa Libertadores.

Later years[edit]

Known as one of Estudiantes' all time great players, he moved on to play for Panathinaikos F.C. of Athens, Greece in 1972. After a successful 2½ seasons he returned to his beloved Estudiantes in 1975.

In 1976 he moved to Colombia where he played for Junior where he helped the team to win the 1977 Colombian title and then Cúcuta Deportivo before returning to his home club in 1980. After retiring, he had a brief career as coach in Central America and is now working as a special advisor for Estudiantes.

Little Witch[edit]

His son, La Brujita (The Little Witch), Juan Sebastián Verón, is also a footballer, he played for Estudiantes before moving to European football. In 2006 he returned to Estudiantes to captain them to their first title in 23 years in the Apertura 2006 tournament.

Titles[edit]

Season Team Title
Metropolitano 1967 Argentina Estudiantes Primera División Argentina
1968 Argentina Estudiantes Copa Libertadores
1968 Argentina Estudiantes Intercontinental Cup
1969 Argentina Estudiantes Copa Libertadores
1970 Argentina Estudiantes Copa Libertadores
1977 Colombia Atlético Junior Colombian League

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