Following a re-occurance of Matthew Bates'
knee injury that ended his loan spell at Carrow Road, Norwich
City manager Glenn Roeder swooped on
18th February 2008 to sign former Spanish international right-back
Juan Velasco on a three month contract until the end of the season.
The defender was without a club and impressed after a trial at
Velasco won four international caps, and was part of the Spanish
squad for Euro 2000, after a career in Spain's La Liga which has
seen him play more than 275 games for Sevilla (his hometown club),
Celta Vigo, Athletico Madrid and Espanyol, who released him in
Velasco was been given the thumbs up by Guillem Balague, who
is the presenter of Sky Sports' Revista de la Liga programme which
covers the Spanish top flight, as well as a football expert for
Spain's AS newspaper. "I know of Velasco and his career
in La Liga very well. He is a very clever player and I
think it's a very good move for him to try to break into English
football via the Championship. He is maybe not the quickest player
you will ever see, I think it's fair to say, but he more than
makes up for that in his footballing ability. He is intelligent
and he plays the game in an intelligent way; the kind of right-back
that does not make mistakes and reads the game extremely well.
His positional sense has always been excellent. In fact, personally
I have always thought his quality on the ball was so good that
he could operate well in midfield as well - maybe this is something
he can develop in his game in England. I think the move could
be a very good one all round - I hope it is.
He made his debut as a late substitute in the 1-0 win over Barnsley
on 23rd February 2008
Velasco was one of nine players told by Norwich on 6th May 2008
that the club would not be renewing their contracts. He had made
3 appearances for City.
Upon departing Norwich, Juan joined Panthrakikos who are based
in Komotini in North East Greece. They won promotion to the Greek
Super League for 2008/09.
He transferred from Panthrakikos to Larissa in January 2010.
He retired at the end of the 2010/11 season.
He then coached the second team at Spanish side Xerez CD.