Esteban Solari

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Esteban Solari
Esteban Solari with APOEL fan.jpg
Personal information
Full name Esteban Andrés Solari Poggio
Date of birth (1980-06-02) 2 June 1980 (age 36)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 6
Youth career
1999–2000 Vélez Sarsfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Estudiantes 9 (0)
2001–2002 Defensa y Justicia 15 (7)
2002 Argentinos Juniors 4 (0)
2003 Gimnasia Jujuy 13 (4)
2003–2004 Chioggia 18 (12)
2004–2005 Lierse 23 (5)
2005–2007 APOEL 44 (34)
2007–2008 UNAM 40 (25)
2008–2010 Almería 10 (1)
2010–2013 APOEL 62 (22)
2013 Apollon Limassol 11 (7)
2013–2014 Skoda Xanthi 34 (16)
2014 Dalian Aerbin 11 (0)
2015 Ergotelis 9 (1)
2015–2016 Deportivo Cuenca 13 (10)
2016– Aucas 35 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 29 January 2017.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Solari and the second or maternal family name is Poggio.

Esteban Andrés Solari Poggio (born 2 June 1980) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as for Ecuadorian club S.D. Aucas as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Solari was born in Rosario, Santa Fe. After unsuccessfully emerging through Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield's youth ranks, he made his professional debuts with Estudiantes de La Plata. He also represented in his country, without much impact overall, Defensa y Justicia, Argentinos Juniors and Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy.

After one year in Italy with amateurs A.C. Chioggia Sottomarina, Solari joined K. Lierse S.K. in the Belgian Pro League in the 2004 summer, scoring five goals in his only season to help his team finish in tenth position. Subsequently he signed for APOEL FC in Cyprus, extending his contract until 2008 after impressing in his first year – 14 league goals in only 16 starts, Cypriot Cup conquest.

In 2006–07, Solari finished top scorer in the First Division (20 goals) as the Nicosia-based club won its third national championship in six years. He was also voted the league's MVP but, at the end of May 2007, agreed on a transfer to UNAM Pumas of Mexico, once again winning an individual scoring accolade after netting 15 times in the Apertura alone.

On 15 June 2008 Solari was transferred to Spanish side UD Almería, who paid 3.8 million to UNAM.[1] He made his La Liga debut on 31 August playing 14 minutes in a 3–1 away win against Athletic Bilbao,[2] but finished his first season with only eight games, scoring his only official goal for the Andalusians in a 1–2 loss at CD Numancia.[3]

On 2 June 2010, 30-year-old Solari signed for three years with former club APOEL. He immediately made an impact by scoring four goals in six appearances in the season's UEFA Europa League, going on to add 11 in 28 in the domestic league, which again ended in conquest.

Solari was regularly used in the team's 2011–12 UEFA Champions League campaign, having in total seven appearances. On 4 April 2012, he scored from a penalty kick in a 2–5 quarter-final loss against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu (2–8 on aggregate).[4]

Solari was hit by several injuries in 2012–13 and, as a result, appeared in only three matches all competitions comprised. On 5 January 2013 his contract with APOEL was terminated by mutual consent,[5] and late into the same month he signed with fellow league side Apollon Limassol.

On 16 July 2013, Solari moved teams and countries again, penning a deal with Superleague Greece club Skoda Xanthi FC.[6] Roughly one year later, he signed for Dalian Aerbin F.C. from the Chinese Super League.[7]

Solari returned to Greece and its top flight on 6 February 2015, signing a six-month contract with Ergotelis FC.[8] He subsequently competed in the Ecuadorian Serie A, with C.D. Cuenca and S.D. Aucas.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Solari is nicknamed "Tano", which means "Italian" in Argentinian slang. His father Eduardo, and two of his four siblings, older Santiago and younger David, were also footballers, with the former playing with individual and team success for Real Madrid and Inter Milan.[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 won caps for Argentina.



Apollon Limassol



  1. ^ Mercado: Esteban Solari firma por el Almería (Market: Esteban Solari signs for Almería);, 15 June 2008 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Athletic Bilbao 1–3 Almeria; ESPN Soccernet, 31 August 2008
  3. ^ Numancia 2–1 Almeria; ESPN Soccernet, 7 December 2008
  4. ^ Madrid make serene progress past APOEL;, 4 April 2012
  5. ^ ΑΝΑΚΟΙΝΩΣΗ [Announcement] (in Greek). APOEL FC. 5 January 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Ανακοίνωση [Announcement] (in Greek). Skoda Xanthi. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  7. ^ 阿尔滨宣布签约前皇马球星他弟 34场16球射手加盟 (in Chinese). Sina Sports. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Στον Εργοτέλη ο Esteban Solari [Esteban Solari to Ergotelis] (in Greek). Ergotelis F.C. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Esteban Solari ficha por el Aucas" [Esteban Solari signs for Aucas] (in Spanish). Be Soccer. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  10. ^ Biography at Pathfinder (in Greek)
  11. ^ Santiago Solari está feliz: Bombini (Santiago Solari is happy: Bombini); Medio Tiempo, 17 July 2009 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Kiryat Shmona shaking up Israel;, 1 February 2012

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