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 50)
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.

† Appearances (goals)
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Soler and the second or maternal family name is Sarasols.

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 represented 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, aged 38; 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 Spanish 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 against Italy.

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


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