Nolberto Solano

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Nolberto Solano
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Personal information
Full name Nolberto Albino Solano Todco
Date of birth (1974-12-12) 12 December 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Callao, Peru
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Centre Midfielder
Youth career
1987–1990 Alianza Lima
1991–1992 Sporting Cristal
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993 Sporting Cristal 11 (1)
1993 Deportivo Municipal 27 (7)
1994–1997 Sporting Cristal 97 (31)
1997–1998 Boca Juniors 32 (5)
1998–2004 Newcastle United 182 (37)
2004–2005 Aston Villa 49 (8)
2005–2007 Newcastle United 58 (8)
2007–2008 West Ham United 23 (4)
2008 Larissa 17 (2)
2009 Universitario de Deportes 32 (10)
2010 Leicester City 13 (0)
2010–2011 Hull City 11 (0)
2011–2012 Hartlepool United 14 (2)
Total 566 (115)
National team
1994–2009 Peru 95 (20)
Teams managed
2012 Universitario de Deportes
2014 Internacional de Toronto
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:41, 5 June 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:10, 15 October 2009 (UTC)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Solano and the second or maternal family name is Todco.

Nolberto Albino "Ñol" Solano Todco (born 12 December 1974), commonly known as Nobby Solano, is a retired Peruvian professional footballer, and former manager of Peruvian Primera División club Universitario de Deportes and Canadian semi-professional team Internacional de Toronto, from League1 Ontario. He has spent much of his playing career in the English Premier League and also played 95 times for Peru between 1994 and 2009. He is a popular figure in his native Peru, where he is seen as one of the most famous Peruvians, appearing on telephone cards and having his wedding televised live.[1][2]

His talents in football range from accurate crosses to accomplished dead-ball skills and he has traditionally played either on the right side of midfield, or as a right back during his career. He is the first choice player to take corner and direct free kicks. Solano is the first Peruvian to play in the Premier League and the FA Cup Final. He is also an accomplished trumpet player and has set up his own Salsa band, The Geordie Latinos.[3] He has described himself as an "adopted Geordie."[4]

Early life[edit]

Born in Callao, Peru, Solano was the youngest of seven. His father, Albino, was in the Peruvian Navy, whilst his mother was a housewife who raised him, his four brothers and two sisters. He began playing football at a very early age in the streets of Callao.

Solano witnessed the Peru national football team qualify for the 1978 FIFA World Cup at the age of three and again qualify for the 1982 FIFA World Cup at the age of seven. The second World Cup he witnessed had the biggest effect on him. At that time he played a lot of football and his national team inspired him.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Solano signed his first professional contract with the Peruvian Primera División side Sporting Cristal in 1992 at the age of 17. He made his league debut on 13 April 1992 in his team's 2–0 win against San Agustín. Towards the end of his first season at Sporting Cristal, he signed a one-year contract with Deportivo Municipal, before returning to Cristal at the end of 1993. He was part of the Sporting Cristal squad of the 1990s during which the club won the Peruvian Championship in 1994, 1995 and 1996 and reached the finals of the 1997 Copa Libertadores. Along with Roberto Palacios, Flavio Maestri, Julinho and Jorge Soto, he was one of Sporting Cristal's most recognized players of the era.

Boca Juniors[edit]

In 1997 aged 22 he signed for Argentinian side Boca Juniors where he became a teammate of Diego Maradona, who nicknamed Solano the 'Maestrito'.[4] Solano said in 2004 that he would like to play for Boca Juniors again, but admitted he was perhaps too old for the ambition to be a realistic one.[5]

Newcastle United[edit]

In 1998, Solano became the first Peruvian to play in England[citation needed] when he signed a contract with Newcastle United for £2,480,000.[6] Such was the interest in the little Peruvian that his first appearance in a black and white shirt for Newcastle reserves resulted in the kick off being delayed to accommodate the large crowd, many of whom had been delayed after a lorry had shed its load blocking one of the major routes into the city.[citation needed] Solano justified the turnout with a goal. His first team debut for Newcastle came in a Premier League match against Chelsea on 22 August 1998, when he came on after 67 minutes as a substitute for goalscorer Andreas Andersson. In June 2001, he signed a new five-year contract with the club. A month later he scored what he later described as "the best goal of [his] career" with a solo effort against 1860 München.[7] During this first spell at Newcastle, he played in the 1999 FA Cup Final.

Aston Villa[edit]

Solano joined Aston Villa in January 2004 for a fee of £1.5 million and signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the club.[8] He attributed his leaving Newcastle to a "strained relationship" with manager Bobby Robson.[9] He made his debut in a 5–0 win over Leicester City on 31 January,[10] ended the 2004–05 season as top scorer,[11] and was elected the club's Player of the Year by the supporters, his teammates,[12] and the local press.

In what proved Solano's last appearance for Villa, in August 2005, he was sent off for striking Portsmouth's Richard Hughes in the face.[13] On transfer deadline day, Solano rejected a late offer to join Liverpool and agreed to return to Newcastle.[14]

Newcastle United[edit]

Solano returned to Newcastle United in August 2005 for a fee believed by the BBC to be £1.5 million. He signed a contract originally for two years, but with the option for Newcastle to extend it for another year. Midfielder James Milner went in the other direction, joining Aston Villa on a season-long loan.[15] Solano revealed that Alan Shearer had played an influential role in arranging his return.[16]

In the 2006–07 season, injuries to right-back Stephen Carr and others caused manager Glenn Roeder to play Solano at right-back instead of his usual right-wing position. However it was not an unfamiliar playing position to Solano, as he had started his football career in defence and had featured at right-back for his country. With his contract due to expire at the end of the season, Solano said he would be "crazy" to move on at the age of 32,[17] and duly signed a new one-year contract. However a few months later, he asked to leave the club to be closer to his family, who had moved to London.[18] His one regret was that he had been unable to help the club win a trophy for the fans.[19]

West Ham United[edit]

Solano playing for West Ham United

Solano signed a one-year contract with West Ham United in August 2007.[20] He made his debut for West Ham in October 2007, coming on as a second half substitute in the 3–1 home win against Sunderland, and was instrumental in West Ham's second goal, his shot being deflected into the Sunderland goal by goalkeeper, Craig Gordon.[21] His first goal for West Ham was a free-kick and the fifth goal in West Ham's 5–0 away win against Derby County on 10 November 2007.[22] In the last game of the season on 11 May 2008 Solano scored his second free-kick goal, against Aston Villa, the match ended 2–2. He was released by West Ham when his contract expired at the end of the 2007–08 season having scored four goals in 23 appearances.[23]

Greek league and return to Peru[edit]

Although Solano was rumoured to be interesting LA Galaxy,[24] he became "one of the biggest signings in the club’s history" when he signed for Super League Greece club Larissa in August 2008.[25]

He then returned to Peru with Universitario de Deportes, for whom he scored a crucial penalty against Alianza Lima in the play-off for the Peruvian Primera División title,[26] helping the team to a 2–0 aggregate victory to seal the club's 25th league title.

Leicester City[edit]

Solano playing for Leicester City

Solano returned to England where he trained with Colchester United[27] and with Newcastle,[28] before, on 22 January 2010, signing for Leicester City until the end of the season. He was reunited with Nigel Pearson, who had been assistant manager at Newcastle.[29] He made his debut as an 84th-minute substitute in a goalless draw against Newcastle at the Walkers Stadium on 30 January,[30] to an enthusiastic reception from both sets of fans.[citation needed] He played his first full game in a 1–0 win over Crystal Palace on 16 March.[citation needed] Solano played eleven league games, scoring in a 4–3 penalty shootout defeat to Cardiff City in the Championship play-off semi-final second leg.[31] He was offered a contract for a further six months, but chose to leave the club,[32] preferring to follow Pearson to Hull City.[33]

Hull City[edit]

Solano rejoined former Foxes' boss Nigel Pearson, who had recently taken over the manager's job at Hull City, signing a one-year deal.[34] Despite initial expectations that Solano would be with Hull City for only a single season before retiring, Solano revealed in April 2011, that he hoped that he would be able to extend his stay with the Tigers beyond the 2010–11 season, by combining a playing and coaching role, as Nick Barmby had done.[35]

Hartlepool United[edit]

Solano with Hartlepool United in 2011

It was announced on 13 May 2011 that Solano had signed for Hartlepool United, having previously worked with their manager Mick Wadsworth at Newcastle.[36] Solano, on the first day of signing, promoted the idea of Are You Coming To Pools? with Hartlepool United selling season tickets for £100, the lowest price in Football League One.[citation needed]

On 2 August, Solano scored in a friendly against Sunderland, rivals of his former club Newcastle United, and scored his first league goal for Hartlepool on 17 September at home against Bury. The following week, Solano doubled his Hartlepool tally by scoring their first goal direct from a free-kick in the 2–1 away win at AFC Bournemouth. Following Wadsworth's sacking, his successor, first-team coach Neale Cooper, confirmed that Solano was not part of his plans, because he needed "players who will really graft, [and] that's not Nobby's game".[37] In April 2012, the club confirmed Solano had been advised not to play for the remainder of the season because of recurring illness.[38]

In February 2012, he became first-team coach at Northern League side Newcastle Benfield while remaining a member of Hartlepool's playing squad.[39]

International career[edit]

Solano made his full international debut for Peru at the age of 18, and went on to be capped 95 times, scoring 20 goals. He has been a key member of the squad since the mid-1990s but, in June 2005, Solano decided to quit the Peruvian national football team due to disagreements with the coach, Freddy Ternero. In 2006, he returned to the national team setup under new coach Franco Navarro. Despite his return to the national team, Solano was not selected for Peru's Copa America 2007 squad. He has continued to represent the national team since then, but with his country having no chance at all of qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, he has recently announced his decision to retire from international football after the upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Argentina and Bolivia. Solano has also stated his desire to try and guide his country to the World Cup as a coach in the near future to try and make up for never making it as a player.[40]

Managerial career[edit]

Solano took the first step into coaching as the part-time first-team coach of Newcastle Benfield in 2012.[39]

In June 2012, he was confirmed as manager of Peruvian Primera División club Universitario de Deportes.[41]

On 12 December 2012, Universitario confirmed that Solano had left the club, despite the fact he guided the club into the top half of the table after being in the relegation zone when he first took charge.[42]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[43][44]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Peru League Cup League Cup South America Total
1992 Sporting Cristal Peruvian Primera División 4 0 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1993 Sporting Cristal Peruvian Primera División 11 1 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Sporting Cristal Total 15 1 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1993 Deportivo Municipal Peruvian Primera División 27 7 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Deportivo Municipal Total 27 7 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1994 Sporting Cristal Peruvian Primera División 35 18 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1995 38 12 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1996 26 13 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
1997 11 7 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Sporting Cristal Total 110 50 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1997–98 Boca Juniors Primera División 32 5 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Boca Juniors Total 32 5 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Newcastle United Premier League 29 6 7 0 1 0 1 0 38 6
1999–00 30 3 3 0 1 0 6 1 40 4
2000–01 33 6 1 1 4 0 0 0 38 7
2001–02 37 7 5 1 4 0 6 4 52 12
2002–03 31 7 1 0 1 0 12 1 45 8
2003–04 12 0 2 0 1 0 5 1 20 1
Newcastle United (1st Spell) Total 172 29 19 2 12 0 30 7 233 38
2003–04 Aston Villa Premier League 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
2004–05 36 8 1 0 2 1 0 0 39 9
2005–06 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
Aston Villa Total 49 8 1 0 2 1 0 0 52 9
2005–06 Newcastle United Premier League 29 6 4 0 2 0 0 0 35 6
2006–07 28 2 2 0 3 2 11 0 44 4
2007–08 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Newcastle United (2nd Spell) Total 58 8 6 0 6 2 11 0 81 10
Newcastle United (Overall Total) Total 230 37 25 2 18 2 41 7 314 48
2007–08 West Ham United Premier League 23 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 4
West Ham United Total 23 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 4
Greece League Greek Cup League Cup Europe Total
2008–09 Larissa Superleague 13 1 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Larissa Total 13 1 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Peru League Cup League Cup South America Total
2009 Universitario Peruvian Primera División 24 7 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Universitario Total 24 7 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2009–10 Leicester City Championship 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
Leicester City Total 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 0
2010–11 Hull City Championship 11 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
Hull City Total 11 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 13 0
2011–12 Hartlepool United League One 8 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 10 2
Hartlepool United Total 8 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 10 2
England Total 334 51 28 2 22 3 41 7 425 63
Career total 516 104 28 2 22 3 41 7 569 108
As of 23:10, 15 November 2011.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 7 October 2012[45]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Peru Universitario de Deportes 31 May 2012 12 December 2012 33 12 8 13 36.36
Total 33 12 8 13 36.36

Personal life[edit]

Solano was arrested by police in the Gosforth area of Newcastle on 26 April 2010, on allegations of raping a 22-year old woman from the city.[46] After a thorough investigation by the Northumbria Police, no further action was taken when allegations turned out to be false.[47]

Honours[edit]

Team[edit]

Sporting Cristal[edit]

Newcastle United[edit]

Universitario de Deportes[edit]

National Team[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • 1992 Peruvian Player on the Year
  • 1997 America's Ideal Team of the Year[48]
  • 1997 South American Player on the Year: 2º place[49]
  • 2006 Best executor of World: free kick[50]

References[edit]

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  48. ^ South American Team of the Year
  49. ^ South American Player of the Year 1997
  50. ^ Ñol, The king of free kick

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