José del Solar

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José del Solar
Personal information
Full name José Guillermo del Solar Alvarez-Calderón
Date of birth (1967-11-28) 28 November 1967 (age 51)
Place of birth Lima, Peru
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Universidad César Vallejo (coach)
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Universitario 56 (4)
1986–1987San Agustín (loan) 61 (6)
1990–1992 Universidad Católica 91 (2)
1992–1995 Tenerife 72 (3)
1995–1996 Salamanca 36 (6)
1996–1997 Celta 29 (1)
1997–1998 Valencia 12 (0)
1998–1999 Beşiktaş 27 (1)
1999–2000 Universitario 35 (8)
2000–2001 Mechelen 17 (1)
2001–2002 Universitario 37 (10)
Total 473 (42)
National team
1986–2001 Peru 74 (9)
Teams managed
2005 Colón
2005–2006 Sporting Cristal
2007 Universidad Católica
2007–2009 Peru
2010–2011 Universitario
2014 Universitario
2016 Universidad San Martín
2017 Sporting Cristal
2018– Universidad César Vallejo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Guillermo del Solar Alvarez-Calderón (born 28 November 1967) is a Peruvian retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and is the manager of Club Deportivo Universidad César Vallejo.

During his playing career, spent in four countries – mainly in Spain, where he amassed La Liga totals of 149 matches and ten goals during six seasons – he was nicknamed Chemo. He started and finished it at Universitario.[1]

Del Solar as a Peruvian international for 15 years. He started working as a manager in 2005, also being in charge of the national team late into the decade.

Playing career[edit]


Born in Lima, Del Solar developed at the youth system of Universitario de Deportes, but played his first professional match with Asociación Deportiva San Agustín after he was loaned by Universitario to continue his development as a player. He won his first Peruvian Primera División championship with San Agustín, defeating Alianza Lima in December 1986.

Del Solar's last official appearance was a 0–0 draw against traditional rivals Alianza Lima for the Apertura on 7 July 2002, playing for his first club which won 1–0 in the first game, with 0–0 in Trujillo.

Del Solar competed in Spain from 1992 to 1998, always in La Liga. He started at CD Tenerife – where he partnered Argentine Fernando Redondo in central midfield, and also his compatriot Percy Olivares – helping the Canary Islands side rob Real Madrid of the league title in the last round in his first season, playing in 30 matches and scoring once (the team also qualified for the first time ever to the UEFA Cup); this dramatic league scenario also happened in the following year, but his presence was much more testimonial.[2][1]

In 1996, after suffering relegation with UD Salamanca, del Solar was a starter at RC Celta de Vigo but appeared rarely for Valencia CF, after which he left the country, resuming his career in Turkey and Belgium (one season apiece, interspersed with spells in his country) and finally retiring at his very first club at the age of 34.[3][1]


Del Solar earned 74 caps for Peru, in which he scored nine goals. He made his debut on 28 January 1986 against China (1–3), playing his last international match on 8 November 2001 against Argentina (0–2), 20 days before his 34th birthday.[4]

Del Solar was selected to six Copa América tournaments, netting three times in four matches – twice through penalties – as the national team reached the quarter-finals in the 1993 edition, in Ecuador.[5]

Coaching career[edit]

Del Solar began working as a coach with Club Atlético Colón, aided by former Tenerife teammate Juan Antonio Pizzi as the pair was sacked after only three matches and as many losses.[6] He was named manager of Sporting Cristal afterwards, leading the team to the domestic league in 2005.[7]

In 2007, del Solar was appointed at former club Club Deportivo Universidad Católica, finishing second behind Colo-Colo in Apertura 2007.[8] On 3 August of that year, he replaced Julio César Uribe as manager of the national side;[9] he went on to be part of the disastrous 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, as they only won three times and ranked last.[10][11]



San Agustín


Universidad Católica


Sporting Cristal

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 13 August 2012[12]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Sporting Cristal Peru January 2005 July 2006 87 43 25 19 49.43
Universidad Católica Chile January 2007 July 2007 20 14 4 2 70
Peru Peru July 2007 December 2009 23 5 5 13 21.74
Universitario Peru August 2010 May 2012 53 19 22 12 35.85
Total 183 81 56 46 44.26


  1. ^ a b c ¿Quién fue Chemo del Solar? (Who was Chemo del Solar?); Diario AS, 22 August 2017 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Se cumplen 26 años del debut de Valdano en el banquillo insular (26 years of Valdano debut on islanders' bench); Diario AS, 19 April 2018 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Chemo del Solar; Yo Jugué en el Celta, 2 April 2008 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ José Del Solar – International Appearances; at RSSSF
  5. ^ Copa América 1993 Archived 3 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine; at RSSSF
  6. ^ Colón de Santa Fe despidió a la dupla Pizzi-Del Solar (Colón de Santa Fe fired duo Pizzi-Del Solar); Infobae, 28 February 2005 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Sporting Cristal es el campeón del fútbol peruano (Sporting Cristal are Peruvian football champions); El Mercurio, 22 December 2005 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Chemo del Solar recordó cuando fue discriminado en Chile (Chemo del Solar remembered when he was discriminated in Chile); El Comercio, 13 February 2014 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ José "Chemo" del Solar confirma que se hará cargo de la selección peruana (José "Chemo" del Solar confirms he will take the reins of Peru national team); Marca, 25 July 2007 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ "Chemo" del Solar: Me 'quemé' con la selección ("Chemo" del Solar: I 'got burned' with the national team); Líbero, 22 March 2013 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ ¿Quién ha ganado y jugado más partidos con la Selección Peruana en Eliminatorias? (Who has won and played more matches with the Peruvian national team in qualifiers?);, 15 March 2017 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ José del Solar coach profile at Soccerway

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