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Catania: What happened to the Italian team where Juan Manuel Vargas triumphed and which today is topped for 1 million dollars?


Catania, historic club of Italy, spends his most difficult hours. The team that saw the growth of Juan Manuel Vargas placeholder image in Europe, he was declared bankrupt by the Sicilian justice last year. Weeks later it was confirmed that the club entered the auction process.

From January 12 to the same date in February, offers can be made to buy the club.

In December of last year, the Sicilian Court decided not to accept the economic guarantees presented by the owners of the Catania. The SIGI – Sport Investment Group had to resign itself to leaving the future of the Italian club in the hands of justice.

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Juan Manuel Vargas arrived in Catania, from Colón, and played two seasons. The ‘Loco’ was an indisputable figure of the team. He played 69 games and scored 5 goals in Serie A.

Juan Manuel Vargas vs. Adriano. AFP PHOTO / GIUSEPPE CACACE (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)

. The full-back, to date, is still remembered by Catania fans. No one will forget his powerful left foot strike.

“The President of Catania came to see me exclusively. I already had something closed with Catania. But he had a proposal from Portsmouth. I was more seduced by England with Portsmouth, because of the money issue. In the end we went and I didn’t know any English. I trained there for a month, but there was a play between representatives that I didn’t like, but the window in Catania with Italy was open and we decided to go there ”, commented Juan Manuel Vargas placeholder image in the “Faith of the Cuto”.

The 'Loco' spent a year and a half in the Argentine team and then emigrated to Italian football.  The first team that decided to hire him was Calcio Catania.  (AFP)

Like Juan Manuel Vargas, Great players passed through Catania, as well as others.

Catania was also a very special team for Diego Simeone. The Italian team was his first experience coaching abroad. Years later, he arrived and triumphed at Atlético de Madrid.

Diego Simeone led Catania for part of the 2010-11 season.  (Photo: EFE).




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