Miguel Ángel Sola

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This article is about a Spanish footballer and coach. For the Argentinian actor, see Miguel Ángel Solá.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Sola and the second or maternal family name is Elizalde.

Miguel Ángel Sola Elizalde (born 29 September 1957, in Pamplona, Navarre) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder, and a current coach.

Playing career[edit]

Sola joined Athletic Bilbao's youth system in 1975, spending his first seasons as a senior with Bilbao Athletic and on loan, the latter including a five-month spell with Basque neighbours Deportivo Alavés. In 1980 he returned as a full member of the main squad, going on to be an important unit during five years and appearing in 55 La Liga games combined (nine goals) as the team won back-to-back national championships.

After leaving Athletic with official totals of 175 matches and 24 goals, Sola moved to his hometown with CA Osasuna, appearing and scoring regularly for the Navarrese in six of his seven seasons. In the 1990–91 campaign, already aged 33, he appeared in 25 contests as the club finished a best-ever fourth position, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Cup; he retired from the game at the end of the following season, amassing Spanish top flight totals of 317 games and 42 goals.

Coaching career[edit]

In 1997, with Osasuna in the second division, Sola managed the team during eight matches, collecting five losses and only one win as it barely avoided relegation. In the following years, always in the lower leagues, he coached Peña Sport FC, Real Unión, SD Huesca and CD Mirandés.

On 24 March 2010 Sola returned to his native region and signed with CD Izarra, aiming to help the club avoid relegation from the third level,[1] which eventually did not happen. In the following season, in the same category, he was again in charge of Real Unión, after replacing fired Álvaro Cervera.

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Manager[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Izarra: Sola, nuevo entrenador (Izarra: Sola, new coach); esFutbol, 24 March 2010 (Spanish)

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