Jesús Ángel Solana

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Jesús Solana
Personal information
Full name Jesús Ángel Solana Bermejo
Date of birth (1964-12-25) 25 December 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth Arnedo, Spain
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Real Madrid
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1985 Castilla 28 (3)
1986–1991 Real Madrid 128 (3)
1991–2000 Zaragoza 233 (4)
Total 389 (10)
National team
1980–1981 Spain U16 4 (0)
1983 Spain U18 1 (0)
1986 Spain U21 4 (0)
1987 Spain U23 1 (0)
1988 Spain 1 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2005 Zaragoza B
2013 Zaragoza B
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jesús Ángel Solana Bermejo (born 25 December 1964) is a Spanish retired footballer. A defender, he was equally at ease as a left back or a central defender.

He played in 361 La Liga games over the course of 15 seasons, representing Real Madrid (six years) and Zaragoza (nine).

Club career[edit]

Born in Arnedo, La Rioja, Solana was a product of Real Madrid's youth ranks. He was used regularly in five of his six seasons with the capital club's first team, as they won five La Liga titles in a row.

However, Solana would be most known for his spell at Real Zaragoza, where he added one Copa del Rey to his trophy cabinet as well as the memorable 1994–95 edition of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup against Arsenal,[1][2] appearing in more than 300 overall official matches for the Aragonese. Having retired in 2000 at nearly 36, he had a three-year coaching spell with the side's reserves, then returned late into the 2012–13 campaign to prevent relegation from Segunda División B,[3] which eventually did not happen.

International career[edit]

Solana won one cap for Spain, coming on as a substitute for Quique Sánchez Flores – who would later be his teammate at Zaragoza – in the 83rd minute of a 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland, on 16 November 1988.[4]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Real Madrid
Zaragoza

Country[edit]

Spain U21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1994/95: Nayim's bolt from the blue sinks Arsenal". UEFA.com. 1 June 1995. Archived from the original on 22 August 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "¿Qué fue de 'los héroes de París'?" [What happened to the 'heroes of Paris'?] (in Spanish). Heraldo de Aragón. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jesús Solana, nuevo entrenador del Real Zaragoza B" [Jesús Solana, new Real Zaragoza B manager] (in Spanish). Heraldo de Aragón. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "2–0: La selección española encandiló al público y terminó entre olés" [2–0: Spanish team dazzled audience and finished with olés] (in Spanish). ABC. 17 November 1988. Retrieved 25 April 2014. 
  5. ^ ¡¡¡Campeones!!! (Champions!!!); Mundo Deportivo, 30 October 1986 (in Spanish)

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