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Hellas Verona Football Club, also known as Hellas Verona or just Verona, is a team based in the city of Verona in the region of Veneto. The club was founded by a group of Greek high school students in 1903 – hence their original name Hellas in the name of the club. The team plays its games at the Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi, along with their main city rivals Chievo Verona.
In the early years of the club, they played in regional competitions. In 1919, the team merged with another club from Verona and adopted the name Hellas Verona. After the reorganisation of Italian football and foundation of Serie A in 1929, the team once again merged with two other city rivals and started their journey from Serie B. It took them 28 years to finally achieve promotion but just for one season.
Their glory days came in the 1970s and 1980s since they won their only Serie A title in 1985. Hellas Verona also played in three Italian Cup finals but never won the competition. The club spent most of the 21st century in Serie B but they have been playing in Serie A since 2019. Their current manager is former Croatian footballer Ivan Jurić.
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Hellas Verona Transfers
Juan Iturbe from FC Porto for £13.5m in 2014
Before signing a permanent deal, Iturbe spent a season on loan at Verona and showed glimpses of quality by scoring 8 goals in 33 games. That was enough for Verona to pay £13.5 million for the youngster but after only a few weeks he was out of the club and headed to Roma for a fee of £22 million. This makes Iturbe both the most expensive buy and sale for Verona.
Mauro Camonaresi from CD Cruz Azul for £6.3m in 2000
Mauro Camonaresi arrived at Verona for a hefty fee and it is still the second-most expensive signing for the club. The winger spent two years with Verona and while he helped the team remain in Serie A in his first season, they were relegated to Serie B in 2002. Camonaresi was then sold to Juventus for £7.65 million.
Alberto Gilardino from Piacenza for £3.5m in 2000
Gilardino was just 18 when he was bought by Verona and he didn’t really show his true potential during his two years at the club since he scored only 5 league goals for the team. However, that proved enough for Parma who bought him from Verona in 2002 for a fee of around £10.5 million.
Adrian Mutu from Inter Milan for £3.6 in 2000
Another striker that came to Verona in 2000 like Gilardino, Adrian Mutu also ended up at Parma after just two years with Verona. However, his scoring record for the club was a bit better since he scored 17 goals while at Verona, before being sold for £9 million.
Amir Rrahmani from Dinamo Zagreb for £1.9m in 2019
Rrahmani was a really smart buy for Verona since the centre back was paid just £1.9 million in 2019 and sold to Napoli for £12.6 million only a year later. During his time at Verona, Rrahmani was a crucial part of the team’s defence since he played in 36 Serie A games for the team.