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 37)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Midfielder
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 Internazionale 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 (0)
Teams managed
2013– Real Madrid (youth) [1]
* 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 Solari and the second or maternal family name is Poggio.

Santiago Hernán Solari Poggio (born 7 October 1976) is an Argentine retired footballer who played mostly as a left midfielder.

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[edit]

Early years / River[edit]

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 Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.[2] 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[edit]

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.

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[edit]

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 / Later years[edit]

Solari signed a three-year contract with F.C. Internazionale Milano in the 2005 summer 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 Club Atlético 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[edit]

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

Honours[edit]

River
Real Madrid
Inter

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

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 5
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 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[edit]

[9]

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

Personal life[edit]

Nicknamed Indiecito (Little Indian in Spanish), Solari comes from a sporting family: his father, Eduardo, and two of his four siblings, younger Esteban and David, were also footballers.[10][11][12]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Real Madrid Cadete B
  2. ^ Stockton Ospreys – Men's Soccer
  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 (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 (Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
  7. ^ Penarol, preso Solari (Penarol, Solari acquired); Tutto Mercato, 2 September 2010 (Italian)
  8. ^ Copa Libertadores 1996 (1996 Libertadores Cup); at Sitio Riverplatense (Spanish)
  9. ^ Santiago Solari at National-Football-Teams.com
  10. ^ Biography at Pathfinder (Greek)
  11. ^ Santiago Solari está feliz: Bombini (Santiago Solari is happy: Bombini); Medio Tiempo, 17 July 2009 (Spanish)
  12. ^ Kiryat Shmona shaking up Israel; UEFA.com, 1 February 2012

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