Vieri's goal against PAOK in the UEFA Cup

Vieri's goal against PAOK in the UEFA Cup
Vieri's goal against PAOK, surely the best of his career (Photo:

Last update November 28, 2019 by Javier Argudo

An unforgettable and unique goal. Vieri's goal, the Italian striker Atletico Madrid, in the first leg of the 1/16 finals of the UEFA Cup against PAOK Thessaloniki. Was the 22 October 1997 in the stadium Vicente Calderón.

The Italian striker had scored two goals in the first half and the score was 3-1 for local. Then a ball that seemed too long for Vieri, I let in the Greek goalkeeper to be lost outside. Atletico striker saved leather over the same line and practically impossible angle sought a goal. To the astonishment of all who were watching the game both in the stadium and television, the ball went. Definitely, one of the best goals that are remembered in the Calderon.

The game ended with a resounding 5-2 for him Atletico Madrid to certify their place in the knockout to draw on Greek territory in the second leg. It was the only season Vieri in the Spanish league defending the colors of the Atleti, as recognized by the '9’ Red and white, felt homesick for his native Italy (It was also common knowledge that his relationship with Radomir Antic It was not good) and he returned to play for the Lazio one year later. In his only season in our country he was able to score 24 league goals which helped him to win Pichichi trophy.


Years later, Vieri confessed that thanks to that hat trick against PAOK, President Atletico Madrid, Jesus Gil, He promised a Ferrari. But nevertheless, Italian never went to pick it up because it was clear that he would return to Italy and, somehow, believed that betrayed his president so he felt bad getting a gift like that.


Javier Argudo

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