|Full name||Santiago Hernán Solari Poggio|
|Date of birth||7 October 1976|
|Place of birth||Rosario, Argentina|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Real Madrid B (manager)|
|1994||Richard Stockton College|
|1994–1995||Newell's Old Boys|
|2013–2016||Real Madrid (youth)|
|2016–||Real Madrid B|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
He spent the better of his 15-year professional career in Spain, amassing La Liga totals of 177 games and 17 goals mainly in representation of Real Madrid, but also competed in Italy with Inter Milan, winning 13 major titles between both teams combined.
Early years / River
Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Solari played youth football for Newell's Old Boys and local Renato Cesarini, after returning from the United States where he attended The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He joined Club Atlético River Plate midway through the 1995–96 season, making his Primera División debut on 12 May.
Solari had his best individual season in 1999–2000 when he scored six goals in 34 matches, but the Colchoneros were relegated from the top level.
Subsequently, Solari moved across the city to join Real Madrid. After a poor first season, he became a regular for the Merengues albeit as a substitute; in the final of the 2001–02 UEFA Champions League, in which he played the full 90 minutes, he was involved in the play that led to Zinedine Zidane's wonder strike against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, in an eventual 2–1 win.
Solari's best season with Real was 2003–04, but his five goals in 34 contests – 15 starts, 1,539 minutes of action – could only help the side to the fourth position in the league. During his five-year spell he also appeared in 49 games in the Champions League, netting seven times.
Inter / Later years
Solari signed a three-year contract with F.C. Internazionale Milano in the 2005 summer for €6 million, being sparingly used during his three-year stint (maximum 21 games in his second season) but winning three consecutive Serie A titles to add to his trophy cabinet, the 2006 edition due to the Calciopoli scandal.
On 30 June 2008 Solari's contract with the Nerazzurri expired, and he joined San Lorenzo de Almagro shortly after. On 9 July of the following year, he moved teams and countries again and signed with Atlante F.C. from Mexico, again on a free transfer.
Style of play
A dynamic and versatile winger, with excellent technical ability, Solari was mainly known for his dribbling skills, although he was also an accurate passer and was capable of striking the ball from distance with both feet.
Solari, nicknamed Indiecito (Little Indian in Spanish) after his namesake, Argentine musician Indio Solari, comes from a sporting family: his father, Eduardo, and two of his four siblings, younger Esteban and David, were also footballers.
His uncle Jorge played for several clubs during his career, mostly Club Atlético River Plate, whilst cousin Fernando Redondo also represented Real Madrid and married his cousin Natalia. All but David played for Argentina.
|1996–97||River Plate||Primera División||24||2||-||1||0||25||2|
|Spain||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Total|
|1998–99||Atlético Madrid||La Liga||12||1||3||0||1||0||16||1|
|2000–01||Real Madrid||La Liga||14||1||1||0||10||1||25||2|
|2008–09||San Lorenzo||Primera División||14||3||-||-||14||3|
- As of 10 September 2017
|Real Madrid Castilla||19 July 2016||Present||42||14||13||15||48||53||−5||33.33|
- Real Madrid
- La Liga: 2000–01, 2002–03
- Supercopa de España: 2001, 2003
- UEFA Champions League: 2001–02
- UEFA Super Cup: 2002
- Intercontinental Cup: 2002
- Stockton Ospreys – Men's Soccer
- Real crowned champions of Europe; BBC Sport, 15 May 2002
- "Real Madrid CF – All the players in European Cups". RSSSF. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- Page 18-19: Attivo: immobilizzazioni immateriali: Acquisti: FC Internazionale Milano SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2006 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
- page 7: Movimentazione diritti pluriennali alle prestazioni calciatori, FC Internazionale Milano SpA bilancio (financial report and accounts) on 30 June 2007 (in Italian), PDF purchased from Italian CCIAA
- Penarol, preso Solari (Penarol, Solari acquired); Tutto Mercato Web, 2 September 2010 (in Italian)
- Olivero, Giovanni Battista (23 August 2002). "Solari è l' esterno che manca – Garantisce qualità e quantità" [Solari is the missing winger – He guarantees quality and quantity] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- Biography at Pathfinder (in Greek)
- Santiago Solari está feliz: Bombini (Santiago Solari is happy: Bombini); Medio Tiempo, 17 July 2009 (in Spanish)
- Kiryat Shmona shaking up Israel; UEFA.com, 1 February 2012
- Enrique Romero (30 October 1999). "Que hoy nos dejen muy bien parados" [May our name be held very high today] (in Spanish). Olé. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
- "Santiago Solari". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
- Santiago Solari at National-Football-Teams.com
- "Real Madrid-Castilla" (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 15 March 2016.