José del Solar

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José del Solar
Personal information
Full name José G. del Solar Alvarez-Calderón
Date of birth (1970-11-28) 28 November 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Lima, Peru
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1987 San Agustín 368 (49)
1987–1989 Universitario 21 (2)
1989–1992 U. Católica 78 (22)
1992–1995 Tenerife 32 (4)
1995–1996 Salamanca 30 (3)
1996–1997 Celta 71 (13)
1997–1998 Valencia 18 (1)
1998–1999 Beşiktaş 30 (6)
1999–2000 Universitario 28 (9)
2000–2001 Mechelen 42 (7)
2001–2002 Universitario 31 (5)
National team
1986–2001 Peru 80 (19)
Teams managed
2005 Colón Santa Fe
2005–2006 Sporting Cristal
2007 U. Católica
2007–2009 Peru
2010–2011 Universitario
2014 Universitario
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Del Solar and the second or maternal family name is Álvarez-Calderón.

José Guillermo del Solar Alvarez-Calderón (born 28 November 1967 in Lima) is a Peruvian retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and a current coach.

During his playing career, spent in four different countries – namely in Spain, where he collected 148 La Liga appearances in six seasons – he was nicknamed Chemo.

Club career[edit]

Del Solar developed at the youth system of Universitario de Deportes, but played his first professional game with Club Deportivo San Agustín after he was loaned by Universitario to continue his development as a player. He won his first Peruvian championship with San Agustín, defeating Alianza Lima in December 1986.

Del Solar's last official club game was a 0–0 draw with traditional rivals Alianza Lima for the Apertura championship on 7 July 2002, playing for his first team, Universitario de Deportes, which won 1–0 in the first game, with 0–0 in Trujillo.

From 1992–98, del Solar played in Spain, always in La Liga. He started at CD Tenerife – where he partnered Argentine Fernando Redondo in central midfield, and also his compatriot Percy Olivares – helping the Canary Islands outfit rob Real Madrid of the league title in the last round in his first season, playing in 30 matches and scoring once (the club also qualified for the first time ever to the UEFA Cup); this dramatic league scenario also happened in the following year, but his presence was much more testimonial.

In 1996, after suffering relegation with UD Salamanca, del Solar started at Celta de Vigo but appeared rarely for Valencia CF, after which he left the country, resuming his career in Turkey and Belgium (one season apiece, interspersed with spells in his country), and finally retiring at his very club as a footballer, at the age of 34.

As a manager, del Solar began his career with Colón de Santa Fe, aided by former Tenerife teammate Juan Antonio Pizzi, without luck, as the pair was sacked after only three matches (three losses). Then, he was named coach of Sporting Cristal, leading the club the Peruvian Primera División in 2005.

In 2007, del Solar was named coach of former club Club Deportivo Universidad Católica, finishing second behind Colo-Colo in Apertura 2007.

International career[edit]

Del Solar obtained 74 international caps for Peru, in which he scored nine goals. He made his national team debut on 28 January 1986 against China (1–3), playing his last international match on 8 November 2001 against Argentina (0–2), twenty days before his 34th birthday.

Del Solar was selected to no fewer than six Copa América tournaments, scoring three in four matches (twice through penalties) as the national team reached the quarterfinals in the 1993 edition, in Ecuador.

On 3 August 2007, del Solar replaced Julio César Uribe as manager of the national squad. He went on to be part of the disastrous 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, as the nation only won thrice and ranked last.

Managerial stats[edit]

As of 13 August 2012

Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Sporting Cristal Peru January 2005 July 2006 87 43 25 19 49.43
Universidad Católica Chile January 2007 July 2007 20 14 4 2 70
Peru Peru July 2007 December 2009 23 5 5 13 21.74
Universitario de Deportes Peru August 2010 May 2012 53 19 22 12 35.85
Total 183 81 56 46 44.26



San Agustín
Universitario Deportes
Universidad Católica


Sporting Cristal

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