Santiago Solari

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Santiago Solari
Football against poverty 2014 - Santiago Solari (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Santiago Hernán Solari Poggio
Date of birth (1976-10-07) 7 October 1976 (age 42)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Real Madrid (manager)
Youth career
1994 Richard Stockton College
1994–1995 Newell's Old Boys
1995–1996 Renato Cesarini
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1998 River Plate 67 (13)
1999–2000 Atlético Madrid 46 (7)
2000–2005 Real Madrid 131 (10)
2005–2008 Inter Milan 39 (4)
2008–2009 San Lorenzo 26 (4)
2009–2010 Atlante 33 (5)
2010–2011 Peñarol 9 (0)
Total 351 (43)
National team
1999–2004 Argentina 11 (1)
Teams managed
2013–2016 Real Madrid (youth)
2016–2018 Real Madrid B
2018– Real Madrid
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Santiago Hernán Solari Poggio (born 7 October 1976) is an Argentine retired footballer who played mostly as a left midfielder, and manager of Spanish club Real Madrid.

He spent the better part of his 16-year professional career in Spain, amassing La Liga totals of 177 matches 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.

Solari began working as a coach in 2013, going on to spend several years associated with Real Madrid in different capacities.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Early career / River[edit]

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 Richard Stockton College in New Jersey.[1] He joined Club Atlético River Plate midway through the 1995–96 season, making his Primera División debut on 12 May.

Solari appeared in 24 league games in his first full campaign, helping River to both the Apertura and Clausura tournaments.

Atlético Madrid[edit]

Solari moved to Spain late into the 1999 January transfer window, signing with Atlético Madrid. He played his first La Liga game on 7 February, in a 1–2 away loss against UD Salamanca.[2]

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.

Real Madrid[edit]

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.[3]

Solari's best season with Real was 2003–04, but his five goals from 34 appearances – 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 played 49 matches in the Champions League, netting seven times.[4]

Inter / Later years[edit]

Solari signed a three-year contract with Inter Milan in the summer of 2005 for 6 million,[5][6] 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.

In early September 2010, 34-year-old Solari signed with Uruguayan club C.A. Peñarol for one year, yet again as a free agent.[7] He retired after only a couple of months.

International[edit]

Solari won 11 caps for Argentina, during five years. He was not selected for any major international tournaments, however.[8]

Coaching career[edit]

Solari started working as a manager in 2013, first being in charge of Real Madrid's youths.[9][10] Ahead of the 2016–17 season, he was appointed at the reserves who competed in Segunda División B.[11]

On 29 October 2018, Solari was named caretaker manager of the first team after the dismissal of Julen Lopetegui. He assumed the role the next day,[12] and became the official coach 14 days later because in Spain no club was allowed to have a caretaker for more than two weeks.[13][14]

Style of play[edit]

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.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Nicknamed Indiecito (Little Indian in Spanish), Solari came from a sporting family: his father, Eduardo, and two of his four siblings, younger Esteban and David, were also footballers.[16][17][18]

His uncle Jorge played for several clubs during his career, mostly Club Atlético River Plate, whilst his cousin Natalia married Fernando Redondo who also represented Real Madrid. All but David played for Argentina.[19]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[20][21]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup South America Total
1996–97 River Plate Primera División 24 2 - 1 0 25 2
1997–98 27 6 - 9 1 36 7
1998–99 16 5 - - 16 5
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
1998–99 Atlético Madrid La Liga 12 1 3 0 1 0 16 1
1999–00 34 6 4 0 7 0 45 6
2000–01 Real Madrid La Liga 14 1 1 0 10 1 25 2
2001–02 28 1 9 0 14 4 51 5
2002–03 28 0 3 1 11 0 42 1
2003–04 34 5 9 2 9 2 52 9
2004–05 27 3 2 2 5 0 34 5
Italy League Coppa Italia Europe Total
2005–06 Inter Milan Serie A 13 3 7 2 6 0 26 5
2006–07 21 1 5 0 4 0 30 1
2007–08 5 0 5 1 5 0 15 1
Argentina League Cup South America Total
2008–09 San Lorenzo Primera División 14 3 - - 14 3
Total Argentina 81 16 - 10 1 91 17
Spain 177 17 31 5 57 7 255 29
Italy 39 4 17 3 15 0 71 7
Career total 297 37 48 8 82 8 427 53

International[edit]

[22]

Argentina
Year Apps Goals
1999 1 0
2000 1 0
2001 0 0
2002 3 0
2003 4 0
2004 2 0
Total 11 0

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 11 November 2018[23]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Real Madrid Castilla[24] 19 July 2016 29 October 2018 86 32 29 25 112 92 +20 037.21
Real Madrid 30 October 2018 Present 4 4 0 0 15 2 +13 100.00
Total 90 36 29 25 127 94 +33 040.00

Honours[edit]

River Plate

Real Madrid

Inter Milan

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stockton Ospreys – Men's Soccer
  2. ^ Miguelez, José (8 February 1999). "Al Atlético le sacan los colores" [Atlético drained]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  3. ^ Real crowned champions of Europe; BBC Sport, 15 May 2002
  4. ^ "Real Madrid CF – All the players in European Cups". RSSSF. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ 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
  7. ^ Penarol, preso Solari (Penarol, Solari acquired); Tutto Mercato Web, 2 September 2010 (in Italian)
  8. ^ "Padres e hijos que jugaron para la selección argentina" [Fathers and sons who played for the Argentine national team]. La Voz del Interior (in Spanish). 8 September 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Santiago Solari entrenará al Juvenil A del Real Madrid" [Santiago Solari will coach Real Madrid's Juvenil A]. Diario Popular (in Spanish). 5 January 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  10. ^ Borinsky, Diego (13 May 2016). "Santiago Solari, a paso firme en la Casa Blanca" [Santiago Solari, going steady in the White House]. El Gráfico (in Spanish). Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  11. ^ Gómez Bermejo, Carlos V. (19 July 2016). "Solari ya es nuevo entrenador del Castilla" [Solari is already the new manager of Castilla] (in Spanish). Capital Deporte. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Official announcement". Real Madrid C.F. 29 October 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  13. ^ Lara, Miguel Ángel; Brooke, Charlie (12 November 2018). "Solari is officially the new Real Madrid coach". Marca. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  14. ^ "Official announcement: Solari". Real Madrid C.F. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  15. ^ 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]. La Gazzetta dello Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  16. ^ Biography at Pathfinder (in Greek)
  17. ^ Santiago Solari está feliz: Bombini (Santiago Solari is happy: Bombini); Medio Tiempo, 17 July 2009 (in Spanish)
  18. ^ Kiryat Shmona shaking up Israel; UEFA, 1 February 2012
  19. ^ Romero, Enrique (30 October 1999). "Que hoy nos dejen muy bien parados" [May our name be held very high today]. Olé (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  20. ^ Santiago Solari at BDFutbol Edit this at Wikidata
  21. ^ "Santiago Solari". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  22. ^ Santiago Solari at National-Football-Teams.com Edit this at Wikidata
  23. ^ Santiago Solari coach profile at Soccerway
  24. ^ "Real Madrid-Castilla" (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 15 March 2016.

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