Miquel Soler

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Miquel Soler
Personal information
Full name Miquel Soler Sarasols
Date of birth (1965-03-16) 16 March 1965 (age 52)
Place of birth Girona, Spain
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Left back / Midfielder
Youth career
1979–1983 Olot
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1988 Español 118 (4)
1986 Hospitalet (loan)
1988–1991 Barcelona 76 (2)
1991–1992 Atlético Madrid 25 (1)
1992–1993 Barcelona 5 (0)
1993–1995 Sevilla 75 (1)
1995–1996 Real Madrid 14 (1)
1996–1998 Zaragoza 39 (2)
1998–2003 Mallorca 152 (1)
Total 504 (12)
National team
1983 Spain U18 1 (0)
1986–1987 Spain U21 3 (0)
1987 Spain U23 2 (0)
1987–1991 Spain 9 (0)
1993–1998 Catalonia 3 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2014 Mallorca B
2014 Mallorca
2015 Mallorca
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Miquel Soler Sarasols (born 16 March 1965) is a Spanish retired footballer, and a current coach.

Mainly a left back who could also operate in midfield, his career spanned two La Liga decades (with nearly 700 official games), and he was the only player to represent both Barcelona and Madrid main teams.[1]

Soler appeared for Spain at Euro 1988.

Club career[edit]

Born in Girona, Catalonia, Soler was a RCD Espanyol youth graduate, making his first-team – and La Liga – debuts in the 1983–84 season and going on to become an essential element after a loan to neighbouring CE L'Hospitalet. In his fourth year, as the club finished third after the second stage, he appeared in 41 out of 42 games and scored two goals, going on to help it reach the final of the 1988 UEFA Cup, netting in the first leg (3–0 home win) as the Pericos eventually lost on penalties against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.[2][3]

Subsequently, Soler joined neighbours FC Barcelona, helping the side to the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in his first season while also appearing in 23 matches in the league. After a sole campaign with Atlético Madrid, where he won his second Copa del Rey, he returned to Barcelona, with no impact.

After two excellent years with Sevilla FC, Soler moved to Real Madrid, but appeared scarcely during 1995–96, his sole season with the Merengues. After two years with Real Zaragoza he was still able, at 33, to sign with RCD Mallorca, where he amassed a further 152 top flight appearances, winning another domestic cup and retiring at the end of the 2002–03 season; he played in a total of 504 first division games, scoring 12 times.

Soler started working as a manager with Mallorca's reserves, going on to be in charge of the team for three years, two in Segunda División B.[4] In the 2014 summer, he was appointed at the helm of the main squad in Segunda División,[5] being relieved of his duties one month later after a directorial change[6] but returning in February 2015 after his successor Valery Karpin was sacked.[7]

International career[edit]

Soler won nine caps for the Spain national football team, and represented the nation at UEFA Euro 1988, where he appeared in the win against Denmark (playing the second half) and the loss to Italy.

His debut came in an Euro 1988 qualifier in Bucharest, a 1–3 defeat against Romania on 29 April 1987.[8]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 20 June 2015
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Mallorca B[9] Spain 22 June 2011 11 July 2014 118 51 29 38 177 128 +49 43.22
Mallorca Spain 11 July 2014 12 August 2014 0 0 0 0 0 0 +0 !
Mallorca[10] Spain 10 February 2015 20 June 2015 18 6 3 9 21 27 −6 33.33
Career total 136 57 32 47 198 155 +43 41.91

Honours[edit]

Barcelona
Atlético Madrid
Mallorca

References[edit]

  1. ^ Soler flair lights Mallorca; UEFA.com, 8 November 2002
  2. ^ ¡Y continua la "Euro-fiesta"! ("Euro-party" continues!); Mundo Deportivo, 5 May 1988 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Miquel Soler; Hall of Fame Perico, 14 May 2009 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ 'Nanu' Soler y Patxi Salinas entrenarán en Tercera ('Nanu' Soler and Patxi Salinas will coach in Tercera); Marca, 22 June 2011 (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Miguel Soler, nuevo entrenador del Mallorca (Miguel Soler, new manager of Mallorca); Marca, 11 July 2014 (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Aouate anuncia a Karpin como nuevo entrenador del Mallorca (Aouate announces Karpin as new Mallorca manager); Diario AS, 12 August 2014 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ 'Nanu' Soler: "La plantilla tiene un margen importante de mejora" ('Nanu' Soler: "The squad can still improve dramatically"); Sport, 10 February 2015 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ La violencia, en boca de todos (Violence, on everyone's lips); Mundo Deportivo, 30 April 1987 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "Segunda División B (Grupo 3) 2011–12" [Segunda División B (Group 3) 2011–12] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
    "Segunda División B (Grupo 3) 2012–13" [Segunda División B (Group 3) 2012–13] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
    "Tercera División (Grupo 11) 2013–14" [Tercera División (Group 11) 2013–14] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
    "Fase de ascenso a Segunda División B 2013–14" [Promotion phase to Segunda División B 2013–14] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Soler: Miquel Soler Sarasols". BDFutbol. Retrieved 15 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "El Mallorca pierde con orgullo" [Mallorca loses proudly] (in Spanish). El País. 20 May 1999. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 

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