In the season 2000-2001 the city of Verona has its own “derby” (the fifth in the Italian Serie A after Milan, Turin, Genova and Rome) since the second Verona’s team Chievo came up to Serie A. The derby was a big event in town and for the whole Italian Serie A. To celebrate it the Italian National anthem was played before the game, for the first time ever in a Serie A game. In 2000, Adrian Mutu was sold from Intarnazionale to Verona in co-ownership deal, for 7,500 million lire (€3,873,427). In June 2001, Verona bought Mutu outright, for 5,100 million lire. (€2,633,930). The player played in Verona for two following seasons.