Alonso Solís

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Alonso Solís Calderón
Alonso Solís in August 2007.jpg
Personal information
Full name Alonso Jorge Solís Calderón
Date of birth (1978-10-14) October 14, 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth San Jose, Costa Rica
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder, Striker
Youth career
0000–1995 Deportivo Saprissa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Saprissa
1998 Universidad Católica
1998–1999 Saprissa
1999–2001 OFI Crete 17 (3)
2001–2002 Saprissa 25 (10)
2002 Brann Bergen 14 (4)
2002–2012 Saprissa 190 (79)
2008 Necaxa (loan) 9 (1)
2013 San Francisco de Dos Ríos
2013 Generación Saprissa
National team
1999–2008 Costa Rica 48 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 1, 2008.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Solís and the second or maternal family name is Calderón.

Alonso Jorge Solís Calderón (born October 14, 1978 in San José) is a Costa Rican football player and singer, who plays offensive midfielder or Striker, is currently looking for a team in the Costa Rican Primera División.

Club career[edit]

Known as El Mariachi, Solís made his professional debut for Saprissa on 28 January 1996 against Municipal Pérez Zeledón and scored his first goal on 13 April 1997 against Carmelita.[1]


He then spent a good deal of time abroad, with Universidad Católica in Chile,[2] OFI Crete in Greece,[3] and SK Brann[4] in Norway.


Solís had an extremely impressive 2003/4 season with Saprissa, finishing third in the league in goals with 17, while leading Saprissa to an easy first-place finish in the league. With Saprissa, he has won four national championships and a CONCACAF Champions Cup, and was part of the team that played the 2005 FIFA Club World Championship Toyota Cup,[5] where Saprissa finished third behind São Paulo and Liverpool Because of his natural talent for the game, he left a very good impression in the tournament.

Due his performance, at the end of the last season he received many offers from clubs in Mexico, Brasil and even in Costa Rica, but he decided to stay in Saprissa. Due to Walter Gaitán's injury, Solis was loaned to Necaxa[6] for 3 months, starting on March 17, 2008. The Mexicans could not offer him a contract due to the foreign player quota.[7] He was one of the most loved and claimed by the crowd while he played at Deportivo Saprissa. In his final game with Saprissa, visiting archrival Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, Solis scored an excellent goal, which gave them the 0–1 win, Saprissa's 9th consecutive win in the 2008 Clausura Championship. He ended up playing 292 league games for Saprissa, scoring 98 goals.[8]

In January 2012, Solís was signed by Bengal Premier League side Durgapur[9] only to discover the league was postponed and eventually cancelled.[10]

In November 2012, he was cleared to play for LINAFA outfit San Francisco de Dos Ríos,[11] after having officially retired[12] In August 2013, Solís made his debut as player-manager[13] for second division side Generación Saprissa, Saprissa's reserve team.[14]

International career[edit]

At junior level, he played in the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Championship held in Ecuador, and the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship held in Malaysia.[5]

Solís made his debut for Costa Rica in a May 1999 friendly match against Chile and earned a total of 48 caps, scoring 8 goals.[15] He represented his country in 18 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[5] and played at the 2003,[16] 2005,[17] and 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup,[18] as well as at the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup[19] and the 2004 Copa América.[20]

His final international was an October 2008 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Haiti.


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