Santiago Solari

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Santiago Solari
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Personal information
Full name Santiago Hernán Solari Poggio
Date of birth (1976-10-07) 7 October 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid B (manager)
Youth career
1994 Richard Stockton College
1994–1995 Newell's Old Boys
1995–1996 Renato Cesarini
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 River Plate 67 (13)
1999–2000 Atlético Madrid 46 (7)
2000–2005 Real Madrid 131 (10)
2005–2008 Inter Milan 39 (4)
2008–2009 San Lorenzo 26 (4)
2009–2010 Atlante 33 (5)
2010–2011 Peñarol 9 (0)
Total 351 (43)
National team
1999–2004 Argentina 11 (1)
Teams managed
2013–2016 Real Madrid (youth)
2016– Real Madrid B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Santiago Hernán Solari Poggio (born 7 October 1976) is an Argentine retired footballer who played mostly as a left midfielder, and is the manager of Spanish club Real Madrid Castilla.

He spent the better of his 15-year professional career in Spain, amassing La Liga totals of 177 games and 17 goals mainly in representation of Real Madrid, but also competed in Italy with Inter Milan, winning 13 major titles between both teams combined.

Club career

Early years and River

Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Solari played youth football for Newell's Old Boys and local Renato Cesarini, after returning from the United States where he attended The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.[1] He joined Club Atlético River Plate midway through the 1995–96 season, making his Primera División debut on 12 May.

Solari appeared in 24 league games in his first full campaign, helping River to both the Apertura and Clausura tournaments.

Atlético

Solari moved to Spain late into the 1999 January transfer window, signing with Atlético Madrid. He played his first La Liga game on 7 February, in a 1–2 away loss against UD Salamanca.[2]

Solari had his best individual season in 1999–2000 when he scored six goals in 34 matches, but the Colchoneros were relegated from the top level.

Real Madrid

Subsequently, Solari moved across the city to join Real Madrid. After a poor first season, he became a regular for the Merengues albeit as a substitute; in the final of the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League, in which he played the full 90 minutes, he was involved in the play that led to Zinedine Zidane's wonder strike against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, in an eventual 2–1 win.[3]

Solari's best season with Real was 2003–04, but his five goals in 34 contests – 15 starts, 1,539 minutes of action – could only help the side to the fourth position in the league. During his five-year spell he also appeared in 49 games in the Champions League, netting seven times.[4]

Inter and later years

Solari signed a three-year contract with Inter Milan in the summer of 2005 for 6 million,[5][6] being sparingly used during his three-year stint (maximum 21 games in his second season) but winning three consecutive Serie A titles to add to his trophy cabinet, the 2006 edition due to the Calciopoli scandal.

On 30 June 2008, Solari's contract with the Nerazzurri expired and he joined San Lorenzo de Almagro shortly after. On 9 July of the following year, he moved teams and countries again and signed with Atlante F.C. from Mexico, again on a free transfer.

In early September 2010, 34-year-old Solari signed with Uruguayan club C.A. Peñarol for one year, yet again as a free agent.[7] He retired after only a couple of months.

International career

Solari won 11 caps for Argentina, during five years. He did not attend any major international tournament, however.

Style of play

A dynamic and versatile winger, with excellent technical ability, Solari was mainly known for his dribbling skills, although he was also an accurate passer and was capable of striking the ball from distance with both feet.[8]

Personal life

Nicknamed Indiecito (Little Indian in Spanish), Solari came from a sporting family: his father, Eduardo, and two of his four siblings, younger Esteban and David, were also footballers.[9][10][11]

His uncle Jorge played for several clubs during his career, mostly Club Atlético River Plate, whilst his cousin Natalia married Fernando Redondo who also represented Real Madrid. All but David played for Argentina.[12]

Career statistics

Club

[13][14]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup South America Total
1996–97 River Plate Primera División 24 2 - 1 0 25 2
1997–98 27 6 - 9 1 36 7
1998–99 16 5 - - 16 5
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1998–99 Atlético Madrid La Liga 12 1 3 0 1 0 16 1
1999–00 34 6 4 0 7 0 45 6
2000–01 Real Madrid La Liga 14 1 1 0 10 1 25 2
2001–02 28 1 9 0 14 4 51 5
2002–03 28 0 3 1 11 0 42 1
2003–04 34 5 9 2 9 2 52 9
2004–05 27 3 2 2 5 0 34 5
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2005–06 Inter Milan Serie A 13 3 7 2 6 0 26 5
2006–07 21 1 5 0 4 0 30 1
2007–08 5 0 5 1 5 0 15 1
Argentina League Cup South America Total
2008–09 San Lorenzo Primera División 14 3 - - 14 3
Total Argentina 81 16 - 10 1 91 17
Spain 177 17 31 5 57 7 255 29
Italy 39 4 17 3 15 0 71 7
Career total 297 37 48 8 82 8 427 53

International

[15]

Argentina
Year Apps Goals
1999 1 0
2000 1 0
2001 0 0
2002 3 0
2003 4 0
2004 2 0
Total 11 0

Managerial statistics

As of 10 September 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Real Madrid Castilla[16] Spain 19 July 2016 Present 42 14 13 15 48 53 −5 033.33
Total 42 14 13 15 48 53 −5 033.33

Honours

River Plate

Real Madrid

Inter Milan

References

  1. ^ Stockton Ospreys – Men's Soccer
  2. ^ Miguelez, José (8 February 1999). "Al Atlético le sacan los colores" [Atlético drained]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  3. ^ Real crowned champions of Europe; BBC Sport, 15 May 2002
  4. ^ "Real Madrid CF – All the players in European Cups". RSSSF. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  5. ^ Page 18-19: Attivo: immobilizzazioni immateriali: Acquisti: FC Internazionale Milano SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2006 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  6. ^ page 7: Movimentazione diritti pluriennali alle prestazioni calciatori, FC Internazionale Milano SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2007 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  7. ^ Penarol, preso Solari (Penarol, Solari acquired); Tutto Mercato Web, 2 September 2010 (in Italian)
  8. ^ Olivero, Giovanni Battista (23 August 2002). "Solari è l' esterno che manca – Garantisce qualità e quantità" [Solari is the missing winger – He guarantees quality and quantity]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  9. ^ Biography at Pathfinder (in Greek)
  10. ^ Santiago Solari está feliz: Bombini (Santiago Solari is happy: Bombini); Medio Tiempo, 17 July 2009 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Kiryat Shmona shaking up Israel; UEFA, 1 February 2012
  12. ^ Enrique Romero (30 October 1999). "Que hoy nos dejen muy bien parados" [May our name be held very high today]. Olé (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  13. ^ Santiago Solari at BDFutbol
  14. ^ "Santiago Solari". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  15. ^ Santiago Solari at National-Football-Teams.com
  16. ^ "Real Madrid-Castilla" (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 15 March 2016.

External links

  • Argentine League statistics (in Spanish)
  • Santiago Solari at BDFutbol
  • Santiago Solari manager profile at BDFutbol
  • Stats at Tutto Calciatori (in Italian)
  • Santiago Solari at National-Football-Teams.com
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