Carlos Soler (footballer)

Carlos Soler Barragán (born 2 January 1997) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central or right midfielder for La Liga club Valencia and the Spain national team.

Carlos Soler
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Soler with Valencia in 2020
Personal information
Full name Carlos Soler Barragán[1]
Date of birth (1997-01-02) 2 January 1997 (age 24)
Place of birth Valencia, Spain
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Central midfielder, right midfielder
Club information
Current team
Valencia
Number 10
Youth career
2005–2015 Valencia
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015–2016 Valencia B 39 (3)
2016– Valencia 152 (22)
National team
2016 Spain U19 3 (0)
2017–2019 Spain U21 20 (4)
2021 Spain U23 7 (1)
2021– Spain 3 (2)
Honours
Men's football
Representing  Spain
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2020 Team
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 08:37, 20 September 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:39, 8 September 2021 (UTC)

Soler has spent his entire professional career at Valencia, making over 150 appearances and winning the Copa del Rey in 2019.

Club careerEdit

Born in Valencia, Soler joined hometown club Valencia CF's youth setup in 2005 at the age of eight after impressing them while playing for Bonrepòs, the team of his neighbourhood. Initially a prolific striker, he was pushed back to an attacking midfielder and to central midfielder during his graduation at Valencia[2] He made his senior debut with the reserves on 3 May 2015, starting in a 0–1 Segunda División B away loss against UE Cornellà.[3]

Soler scored his first senior goal on 13 December 2015, netting his team's second in a 2–2 draw at CF Badalona.[4] The following 12 March he renewed his contract,[5] and was an unused substitute in the main squad's 2–1 home win against Athletic Bilbao for the season's UEFA Europa League.[6]

On 10 December 2016 Soler made his first team – and La Liga – debut, replacing Mario Suárez in a 2–3 loss against Real Sociedad at the Anoeta Stadium.[7] He scored his first goal in the category the following 21 January, netting the first in a 2–0 Valencian Community derby win against Villarreal CF at the Estadio de la Cerámica.[8] He was sent off on 4 February in a 4–0 loss to SD Eibar at the Mestalla Stadium for a tussle with Gonzalo Escalante during a corner kick routine, conceding a penalty.[9]

In January 2018, Soler signed his third new contract with Valencia in little over a year, tying him to the club until 2021 and increasing his release clause to €80 million.[10] He totalled 51 appearances in 2018–19, including 13 in his debut European season in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League; he scored in group-stage wins over BSC Young Boys and Manchester United in the former.[11][12] He played seven games in the season's Copa del Rey as Valencia won their first honour for 11 years, and assisted Rodrigo's winner in the 2–1 final victory over FC Barcelona on 25 May 2019.[13]

On 17 December 2019, Soler signed a four-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until 2023, with his release clause set at €150 million.[14]

On 8 November 2020, Soler scored the first hat-trick of his career in a 4–1 league win over Real Madrid, with all three goals coming from penalties; only two La Liga players had ever scored such a treble before.[15]

International careerEdit

Soler was part of the Spanish Olympic team that took part in the delayed 2020 tournament in Japan, finishing with a silver medal.[16] Later in August 2021, he was called up to the senior team for matches against Sweden, Georgia and Kosovo.[17] He made his debut on 2 September away to the Swedes, scoring a volley after four minutes in a 2–1 loss,[18] and three days later he netted again in a 4–0 win over Georgia in Badajoz.[19]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 20 September 2021[20][21]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Valencia B 2014–15 Segunda División B 2 0 2 0
2015–16 Segunda División B 28 2 28 2
2016–17 Segunda División B 9 1 9 1
Total 39 3 39 3
Valencia 2016–17 La Liga 23 3 3 0 26 3
2017–18 La Liga 33 1 4 0 37 1
2018–19 La Liga 31 2 7 0 13[a] 2 51 4
2019–20 La Liga 28 2 3 0 5[b] 1 1[c] 0 37 3
2020–21 La Liga 32 11 2 1 34 12
2021–22 La Liga 5 3 0 0 4 3
Total 152 22 19 1 18 3 1 0 191 26
Career total 192 25 19 1 18 3 1 0 230 29
  1. ^ Six appearances and two goals in UEFA Champions League, seven appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearance in Supercopa de España

InternationalEdit

As of match played 8 September 2021[22]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2021 3 2
Total 3 2

Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first.[22]

List of international goals scored by Carlos Soler
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2 September 2021 Friends Arena, Solna, Sweden 1   Sweden 1–0 1–2 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 5 September 2021 Nuevo Vivero, Badajoz, Spain 2   Georgia 2–0 4–0

HonoursEdit

Valencia

Spain U21

Spain U23

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Squad List: Men's Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020: Spain (ESP)" (PDF). FIFA. 22 July 2021. p. 16. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Carlos Soler, el futbolista total" [Carlos Soler, the complete footballer] (in Spanish). Diario de Mestalla. 22 June 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  3. ^ "El Valencia Mestalla se aprieta en la clasificación" [Valencia Mestalla tighten up on the table] (in Spanish). Vavel. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Tablas entre Badalona y Valencia Mestalla" [Draw between Badalona and Valencia Mestalla] (in Spanish). LaSegundaB. 13 December 2015. Archived from the original on 30 June 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  5. ^ "El Valencia renueva a Carlos Soler, su gran promesa" [Valencia renew Carlos Soler, their great prospect] (in Spanish). Levante-EMV. 12 March 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  6. ^ Bryan, Mark (18 March 2016). "Gary Neville sent to the stands as Valencia crash out to Bilbao". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  7. ^ "Ni caso a Prandelli" [Not even Prandelli] (in Spanish). Marca. 10 December 2016. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  8. ^ "La Liga: Valencia beat Villarreal to ease La Liga relegation worries". Sky Sports. 21 January 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Soler sent off for Valencia after reacting to being attacked". Diario AS. 4 February 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Carlos Soler amplía su contrato hasta 2021 y sube su cláusula a 80 millones" [Carlos Soler extends his contract to 2021 and increases his release clause to 80 million]. Sport (in Spanish). 16 May 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Soler stars as Valencia boost Champions League last-16 hopes". Reuters. 7 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  12. ^ Dawson, Rob (12 December 2018). "Fred, Phil Jones fall flat as Man United squander opportunity to win Group H at Valencia". ESPN FC. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  13. ^ "Gameiro and Rodrigo on target as Valencia edge Barcelona to win Copa del Rey". Express & Star. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  14. ^ "Soler renews with Valencia and his release clause goes up". Marca. 17 December 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  15. ^ "Valencia 4-1 Real Madrid: Carlos Soler scores a hat-trick of penalties". BBC Sport. 8 November 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  16. ^ a b "At 38, Alves helps Brazil to soccer gold by beating Spain". The Seattle Times. 7 August 2021. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  17. ^ McDougall, Andrew (26 August 2021). "Luis Enrique: I would love Guardiola to coach Spain". Marca. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  18. ^ "Sweden 2–1 Spain". BBC Sport. 2 September 2021. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  19. ^ Bell, Arch (5 September 2021). "Spain get their groove back against Georgia". Marca. Retrieved 6 September 2021.
  20. ^ Carlos Soler at Soccerway. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  21. ^ "Carlos Soler". SofaScore. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
  22. ^ a b "Carlos Soler". European Football. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  23. ^ "Copa del Rey final: Valencia end Barcelona's double dream". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 25 May 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  24. ^ "Spain U21 2–1 Germany U21". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 30 June 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  25. ^ "Under-21 2017 - History - Spain". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  26. ^ "Under-21 2017 - History - Matches". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2020.

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