Enrique Sola

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Kike Sola
Personal information
Full name Enrique Sola Clemente
Date of birth (1986-02-25) 25 February 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth Cascante, Spain
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Athletic Bilbao
Number 9
Youth career
1998–2003 Athletic Bilbao
2003–2004 Aluvión
2004–2005 Osasuna
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 Osasuna B 61 (17)
2007–2013 Osasuna 91 (21)
2009–2010 Numancia (loan) 7 (1)
2010 Levadiakos (loan) 10 (1)
2013– Athletic Bilbao 10 (1)
National team
2008 Spain U21 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 4 May 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Sola and the second or maternal family name is Clemente.

Enrique "Kike" Sola Clemente (born 25 February 1986) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao as a striker.

Club career[edit]


Sola was born in Cascante, Navarre. A product of CA Osasuna's youth system, he made his first-team and La Liga debut on 9 June 2007, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 5–0 away win against Real Betis and scoring twice.[1]

On 16 July 2009, after having appeared rarely in the previous two seasons (also struggling with injuries and loss of form), Sola moved to second division's CD Numancia on a season-long loan, as part of a deal that saw Carlos Aranda move in the opposite direction, permanently. On 18 January of the following year, after a negative experience – even when healthy, he did not make the list of 18 on several occasions – he rescinded his contract with the Soria club and moved abroad, joining Greece's Levadiakos F.C. until June.[2]

For the 2010–11 season Sola was initially only fourth-choice, behind Aranda, Walter Pandiani and newly signed Dejan Lekić, only starting to receive significant playing time after injuries to the first two. On 13 March 2011, in one of his first starts, he netted in a 3–1 home win against Racing de Santander,[3] and added another in the following matchday, scoring from a backheel in a 4–0 win at Hércules CF.[4]

Osasuna eventually escaped relegation, and Sola finished the campaign as the team's top scorer even though he featured in less than half of the matches. On 11 May 2011 he helped with a brace to a 3–2 home win against Sevilla FC, after his side trailed 0–2 at half-time.[5]

Sola only played in seven scoreless games in 2011–12, being troubled by tendinitis problems for several months and eventually undergoing surgery in early March 2012, being sidelined for the rest of the campaign.[6] On 25 February 2013, the day of his 27th birthday, he played just 20 minutes after coming from the bench away against Levante UD, but netted the second goal in an eventual 2–0 triumph for his seventh of the season.[7]

On 31 March 2013, Sola helped with a brace as Osasuna came from behind to win it 3–1 over Real Valladolid at the Estadio José Zorrilla.[8]

Athletic Bilbao[edit]

In the 2013 summer, Sola joined Athletic Bilbao on a five-year contract with a 30 million buyout clause – he had already played youth football with the club, from ages 12–17.[9] After spending four months recovering from injury[10] he scored his first goal on 26 January 2014, closing the scoresheet in a 5–1 away win over former team Osasuna.[11]


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