Dione Alex Veroneze, popular known as Bateria – Battery- started his career at the age of six playing five-a-side football in Palmito/SC – Brazil. The sport’s passion, family encouragement and talent playing with the ball were the trade mark of a young boy that soon enough started to shine in many local clubs in Santa Catarina. At the age of 17 he became part of Joinville’s five-a-side football club, one of the biggest on the national scene where he won the State title for the second time. At the age of 20 Bateria left Brazil to play for Inter Movistar (Spain). After three seasons he signed a contract with Barcelona (Spain), his current club.
Skilled and with a star, Bateria started to make history around the world. Before being transferred to Spain he was summoned in 2010 to defend and conquer the title of the Campeonato Sul-Americano for the national time of five-a-side football under-20. In 2013, Bateria got to the official national time. His brave spirit in field attached to his great charisma outside of it caught the eye of the Brazilian people. The country became the champion of the International Grand Prix of five-a-side football.
In Spain Bateria became a reference in his team – Movistar – being a highlight during games like Spain’s supercup, Cup of Spain and the Spanish five-a-side league. He also became one of the five surprises of world’s five-a-side players by the FutsalPlanet magazine. His good qualities took him to the great FC Barcelona Team. Bateria is art, joy, skill, game, goal and personality. He is jersey #10 of the Spanish Team.
“My dad had a car battery store where we used to live, in Palmitos, and he played soccer with his friends, which named him ‘Battery’ after his store. While I followed and supported my father on the games around everyone called my ‘little battery’. As I grown people continued to call me ‘little battery’ or Battery’s son. As the years went by the nickname stuck and I reached my own space at five-a-side football scenario. Battery or Bateria in Portuguese is a family trade-mark which I am very proud to wear.” #Bateria10