Juan Ramón Verón

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Juan Ramón Verón
Personal information
Full name Juan Ramón Verón
Date of birth (1944-03-17) 17 March 1944 (age 74)
Place of birth La Plata, Argentina
Playing position Midfielder, Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1972 Estudiantes 295 (77)
1972–1975 Panathinaikos 57 (22)
1975 Estudiantes
1976–1977 Atlético 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
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 March 2010

Juan Ramón Verón (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxwan raˈmom beˈɾon]; born 17 March 1944 in La Plata) is an Argentine football coach and former professional player, who played as a midfielder or forward.



Nicknamed La Bruja [la ˈβɾuxa] (English: The Witch),[1] Juan Ramón Verón was capable of playing both as a midfielder and as a striker, and was renowned for his technical skills, ability with the ball at his feet and his goal-scoring prowess. He played for Estudiantes de La Plata, who were a dominant force in Argentine football during the late 1960s.

Among the memorable goals he scored are his "bicycle kick" goal against Racing Club, his header in the Intercontinental Cup championship against Manchester United[2] 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 retirement[edit]

After retiring, he had a brief career as coach in Central America and is now working as a special advisor for Estudiantes.

Personal life[edit]

His son, nicknamed La Brujita (The Little Witch), Juan Sebastián Verón, is also a footballer, who 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. In 2017, he came out of retirement to play for Estudiantes once again.[1][2]


Atlético Junior


  1. ^ a b La Brujita nació en un clásico (in Spanish)
  2. ^ a b Jack de Menezes (19 April 2016). "Juan Sebastian Veron admits he 'should have stayed' at Manchester United and not joined Chelsea". The Independent. Retrieved 28 February 2017.

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