INFO: Juan Velasco Damas (born 15 May 1977 in Dos Hermanas, Seville) is a retired Spanish footballer who played as a right defender. Playing for seven different clubs during his professional career, he appeared in 213 matches in his country's top division, scoring one goal. Velasco represented Spain at Euro 2000, and also competed abroad in England and Greece.
Velasco started representing professionally local giants Sevilla FC, appearing in 13 La Liga matches in 1996–97, a season which ended in relegation: his league debut occurred on 5 March 1997, in a 0–2 away loss against Rayo Vallecano. In the following two years, he amassed nearly 80 official appearances, contributing prominently in the second as the Andalusians returned to the top level. After helping Sevilla promote, Velasco joined Celta de Vigo, experiencing his most successful period: in the 2002–03 season, he appeared in 31 games to help the Galicians qualify for the first time ever to the UEFA Champions League; in the following year, however, he saw his team suffer relegation.
Velasco played the following three years with Atlético de Madrid (two seasons) and RCD Espanyol (one), averaging 22 games per campaign. On 18 February 2008, after spending the first months of the new campaign without a club, he signed a three-month contract with English second division side Norwich City, following a successful trial. At the end of the season, however, he left for Panthrakikos FC, freshly promoted to Greece's top division. After one year 1/2 of relative playing time, Velasco moved teams in January 2010, but stayed in the country, signing with Larissa FC. He retired in June of the following year, aged 34.
Velasco was capped five times by Spain, his debut coming on 26 January 2000 in a 3–0 friendly win over Poland (Cartagena). Selected for UEFA Euro 2000, he did not leave the bench.