Juan Ramón Verón
|Full name||Juan Ramón Verón|
|Date of birth||March 17, 1944|
|Place of birth||La Plata, Argentina|
|Playing position||Midfielder / Forward|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of September 2007.
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.
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.
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.
|Metropolitano 1967||Estudiantes||Primera División Argentina|
|1977||Atlético Junior||Colombian League|