Parma, 18 October 2018 – Parma-Lazio will be the Crociati’s matchday nine fixture this Sunday, with the team in action at 15:00 CEST at the Tardini. Among the many players who’ve featured for both sides, this week’s column is focused on the career of Juan Sebastian Veron.
Born in La Plata (Argentina) on 9 March 1975, Verona started off as a player during the 1990s with Estudiantes, the same team for which his father, Juan Ramon, also played. The senior Veron was previously given the nickname ‘Bruja’ (the Witch), for which his son then received ‘Brujita’ (the little Witch). Following three seasons with Pincha, he then joined Boca Juniors where he made 17 appearances and scored four goals.
Sven Goran Eriksson was the man to first bring him to Italy, initially with Sampdoria, as the Swedish Coach was in desperate need of an alternative to the departing Clarence Seedorf. He spent two seasons with the Blucerchiati, scoring seven goals in 61 games.
He was duly called up for Argentina for the 1998 World Cup in France before then joining Parma. He spent just one season with our club, however, he still managed to leave his mark. During 42 games for the Crociati, he scored four goals. This included 26 league appearances, 10 in the UEFA Cup (that Parma won at the end of the year) and six in the Coppa Italia – a competition that Parma also won as he scored three goals.
Lazio soon came calling, where he continued his streak of silverware. He made 53 appearances during two years with the Biancocelesti, scoring 10 goals and winning the Scudetto, the Coppa Italia, the Supercoppa Italiana and the UEFA Supercup. From 2001 to 2004, he enjoyed time in the Premier League with Manchester United and Chelsea before then returning to Serie A with Inter. During two seasons with the Nerazzurri, his honours’ list included one Scudetto, the Coppa Italia and the Supercoppa Italiana.
Veron then returned to his homeland, joining Estudiantes for the second time in his career – here we won the Apertura and Clausura in 2006. He retired from football in 2012 before then playing once again for the same side a year later. He was confirmed as the Club’s president in 2014.