Miguel Ángel Sola

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This article is about a Spanish footballer and coach. For the Argentinian actor, see Miguel Ángel Solá.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Sola and the second or maternal family name is Elizalde.
Miguel Ángel Sola
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Sola Elizalde
Date of birth (1957-09-29) 29 September 1957 (age 59)
Place of birth Pamplona, Spain
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1975–1976 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1980 Bilbao Athletic 96 (28)
1978–1979 Arosa (loan)
1980 Alavés (loan) 7 (0)
1980–1985 Athletic Bilbao 125 (15)
1985–1992 Osasuna 191 (27)
Total 419 (70)
Teams managed
1997 Osasuna
2001 Peña Sport
2002–2004 Real Unión
2005–2006 Huesca
2006–2008 Mirandés
2010 Izarra
2011 Real Unión
2013–2014 Corellano
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Miguel Ángel Sola Elizalde (born 29 September 1957) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a midfielder, and a current coach.

He amassed La Liga totals of 316 games and 42 goals during 12 seasons, in representation of Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Pamplona, Navarre, Sola joined Athletic Bilbao's youth system in 1975, spending his first seasons as a senior with Bilbao Athletic and on loan, the latter including a five-month spell with Basque neighbours Deportivo Alavés. In 1980, he returned as a full member of the main squad, going on to be an important unit during five years and appearing in 55 La Liga games combined (nine goals) as the team won back-to-back national championships.

After leaving Athletic with official totals of 175 matches and 24 goals, Sola moved to his hometown with CA Osasuna, appearing and scoring regularly for them in six of his seven seasons. In 1990–91, already aged 33, he appeared in 25 contests as the club finished a best-ever fourth position, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Cup; he retired from the game at the end of the following campaign.

Coaching career[edit]

In 1997, with Osasuna in the second division, Sola managed the team during eight matches, collecting five losses and only one win as they barely avoided relegation. In the following years, always in the lower leagues, he coached Peña Sport FC, Real Unión, SD Huesca and CD Mirandés.

On 24 March 2010, Sola returned to his native region and signed with CD Izarra, aiming to help the club avoid relegation from the third level,[1] which eventually did not happen. The next season, in the same tier, he was again in charge of Real Unión after replacing fired Álvaro Cervera.





  1. ^ Izarra: Sola, nuevo entrenador (Izarra: Sola, new coach); esFutbol, 24 March 2010 (in Spanish)

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