Darío Verón

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Verón and the second or maternal family name is Maldonado.
Darío Verón
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Personal information
Full name Darío Anastacio Verón Maldonado
Date of birth (1979-07-26) 26 July 1979 (age 37)
Place of birth San Ignacio, Paraguay
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2003 12 de Octubre ? (?)
2001 Guaraní (loan) ? (?)
2003 Cobreloa 20 (4)
2003– UNAM 451 (28)
National team
2001– Paraguay 53 (1)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 April 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 September 2012

Darío Anastacio Verón Maldonado (born 26 July 1979) is a Paraguayan professional footballer that plays for UNAM in the Mexican First Division.[1] He also holds Mexican citizenship.[2]


Verón joined Pumas in 2003, on a transfer from the Chilean club Cobreloa. Verón previously played for Club Guaraní and Club 12 de Octubre, clubs from his native country. A commanding central defender, Verón has also scored more than a dozen goals for UNAM because of his strength in the air. His nickname is "Hechicero" (The Wizard). He has become the most experienced defensive player in the Pumas lineup after Joaquín Beltrán moved to Necaxa and Sergio Bernal announced his retirement.

He has also earned some 50 caps for Paraguay, including the Copa América tournaments of 2001, 2007, and 2011, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Verón was a key part of the rigid defense that carried Paraguay to the final of the 2011 Copa América in Argentina, where he formed a sturdy central core alongside Paulo Da Silva. On occasion, he has also featured for Paraguay at right fullback.


Verón has been accused of making racist insults by Felipe Baloy,[3] Darwin Quintero[3] and Michael Arroyo.[4] However, his culpability was not proven.



UNAM Pumas



  1. ^ *Darío Verón Liga MX stats at Medio Tiempo.com (Spanish)
  2. ^ http://deportes.televisa.com/futbol-mexicano/2015-07-22/especial-crece-numero-naturalizados-liga-mx/
  3. ^ a b "Darío Verón, con antecedentes racistas". Fox Sports. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sin pruebas contra Verón". Televisa Deportes. Retrieved 11 February 2016. 

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