Esteban Andrés Solari Poggio (Spanish pronunciation: [esˈteβan soˈlaɾi]; born 2 June 1980) is an Argentine football manager and former professional player who played as a striker.

Esteban Solari
Solari as Johor Darul Ta'zim manager in 2023
Personal information
Full name Esteban Andrés Solari Poggio
Date of birth (1980-06-02) 2 June 1980 (age 43)[1]
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina[1]
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
1999–2000 Vélez Sarsfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Estudiantes 9 (0)
2001–2002 Defensa y Justicia 15 (7)
2002 Argentinos Juniors 4 (0)
2003 Gimnasia Jujuy 13 (4)
2003–2004 Chioggia 18 (12)
2004–2005 Lierse 23 (5)
2005–2007 APOEL 44 (34)
2007–2008 UNAM 40 (25)
2008–2010 Almería 10 (1)
2010–2013 APOEL 62 (22)
2013 Apollon Limassol 11 (7)
2013–2014 Skoda Xanthi 34 (16)
2014 Dalian Aerbin 11 (0)
2015 Ergotelis 9 (1)
2015 Deportivo Cuenca 13 (10)
2016 Aucas 35 (10)
Total 351 (154)
Managerial career
2019–2022 Argentina U20 (assistant)
2020–2022 Argentina U23 (assistant)
2022–2023 Johor Darul Ta'zim
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Playing career edit

Solari was born in Rosario, Santa Fe. After emerging through Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield's youth ranks, he made his professional debut with Estudiantes de La Plata. He also represented in his country Defensa y Justicia, Argentinos Juniors and Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy.[2]

After one year in Italy with amateurs A.C. Chioggia Sottomarina, Solari joined Lierse S.K. in the Belgian Pro League in summer 2004, scoring five goals in his only season to help his team finish in tenth position.[3] Subsequently, he signed for APOEL FC in Cyprus,[2] extending his contract until 2008 after impressing in his first year – 14 league goals in only 16 starts, Cypriot Cup conquest.[4]

Solari finished top scorer in the First Division in 2006–07 (20 goals), as the Nicosia-based club won its third national championship in six years. He was also voted the league's MVP[5] but, at the end of May 2007, agreed on a transfer to Club Universidad Nacional of Mexico,[6] once again winning an individual scoring accolade after netting 14 times in the Apertura.[7]

On 15 June 2008, Solari was transferred to UD Almería, who paid 3.8 million to UNAM.[8] He made his Spanish La Liga debut on 31 August, in a 3–1 away win against Athletic Bilbao where he came on as a late substitute.[9] He finished his first season with just eight games, scoring his only league goal – three overall – for the Andalusians in the 2–1 loss at CD Numancia.[10][11]

On 2 June 2010, the 30-year-old Solari signed for three years with former club APOEL.[12] He immediately made an impact by scoring four goals in six appearances in that season's UEFA Europa League,[13] going on to add 11 in 28 in the domestic league, which again ended in conquest.

All rounds included, Solari took part in 12 games in his team's 2011–12 UEFA Champions League campaign. On 4 April 2012, he scored from a penalty kick in a 5–2 quarter-final defeat against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu (8–2 on aggregate).[14]

Solari was hit by several injuries in 2012–13 and, as a result, appeared in only three matches in all competitions. On 5 January 2013 his contract with APOEL was terminated by mutual consent,[15] and he joined Apollon Limassol FC of the same league later the same month.

On 16 July 2013, Solari moved teams and countries again, penning a deal at Super League Greece club Skoda Xanthi FC.[16] One year later, having been crowned the competition's top scorer,[17][18] he signed for Dalian Aerbin F.C. from the Chinese Super League.[19]

Solari returned to Greece and its top flight on 6 February 2015, signing a six-month contract with Ergotelis FC.[20] He subsequently competed in the Ecuadorian Serie A, with C.D. Cuenca and S.D. Aucas.[21]

Coaching career edit

In late 2018, Solari was named Fernando Batista's assistant at the Argentina under-20 team.[22] The pair worked together at the 2019 FIFA World Cup in Poland[23] and later with the under-23 side at the 2020 Summer Olympics, with the latter competition being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[24][25]

Solari was appointed head coach of Johor Darul Ta'zim F.C. on 1 December 2022, replacing his compatriot Héctor Bidoglio who stepped down to become technical director of the Malaysia Super League club.[26] He became the first manager in their history to win all four titles in one season, with 39 wins in 43 matches (90.70% points);[27][28] additionally, the side was the first to score 100 goals in a single league.[29]

Personal life edit

Solari was nicknamed "Tano", which means "Italian" in Argentinian slang. His father Eduardo and two of his four siblings, the elder Santiago and younger David, were also footballers, with the former playing with individual and team success for Real Madrid and Inter Milan;[30][31][32] his uncle Jorge represented several clubs during his career, mostly Club Atlético River Plate, whilst cousin through marriage Fernando Redondo also appeared for Real Madrid.[33]

Solari's sister, Liz, works as an actress.[34]

Managerial statistics edit

As of match played 16 December 2023[35]
Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Johor Darul Ta'zim 1 December 2022 28 December 2023 43 39 1 3 090.70
Total 43 39 1 3 090.70

Honours edit

Player edit


Apollon Limassol


Manager edit

Johor Darul Ta'zim

References edit

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  2. ^ a b Calderón, Daniel (26 May 2020). "Estaban [sic] Solari, el ídolo del Apoel" [Esteban Solari, Apoel's idol] (in Spanish). Potrero x el Mundo. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  3. ^ Veys, Romain (7 February 2017). "Ces «frères de» qui tentent de se faire un prénom dans le foot de nos divisions inférieures" [These "brothers of" who try to make a surname for themselves in footy of our lower divisions]. L'Avenir (in French). Retrieved 18 January 2024.
  4. ^ "Argentino Solari pode ser reforço" [Argentine Solari may be an addition]. Record (in Portuguese). 9 July 2006. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  5. ^ a b c d "APOEL scoop top Cypriot awards". UEFA. 10 May 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  6. ^ Cruz, Héctor (28 May 2007). "Esteban Solari es la nueva contratación de Pumas para la siguiente temporada" [Esteban Solari is Pumas' new signing for the next season] (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  7. ^ Pérez García, Carlos Alberto (15 April 2021). "¿Cómo le fue a los otros Solari en el fútbol mexicano?" [How did the other Solaris fare in Mexican football?] (in Spanish). 90 Min. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  8. ^ Muñoz, Onofre (15 June 2008). "Mercado: Esteban Solari firma por el Almería" [Market: Esteban Solari signs for Almería] (in Spanish). Goal. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  9. ^ "Athletic Bilbao 1–3 Almeria". ESPN Soccernet. 31 August 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  10. ^ "Numancia 2–1 Almeria". ESPN Soccernet. 7 December 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Almería y Solari llegan a un acuerdo para rescindir su contrato" [Almería and Solari reach an agreement to terminate his contract]. Marca (in Spanish). 2 June 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  12. ^ "Solari se desvincula de la UD Almería y vuelve al Apoel Nicosia" [Solari cuts ties with UD Almería and returns to Apoel Nicosia]. Ideal (in Spanish). 3 June 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  13. ^ "„Tauras", „Šiauliai" ir „Sūduva" antrą kartą pralaimėjo klubams iš Kipro, Lenkijos ir Austrijos" [Tauras, Šiauliai and Sūduva lost to clubs from Cyprus, Poland and Austria for the second time] (in Lithuanian). Delfi. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
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  16. ^ Ανακοίνωση [Announcement] (in Greek). Skoda Xanthi. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
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  18. ^ a b Karasoulos, Spyros; Di Maggio, Roberto; Preston, Simon. "Greece – List of Topscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  19. ^ 阿尔滨宣布签约前皇马球星他弟 34场16球射手加盟 (in Chinese). Sina Sports. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  20. ^ Στον Εργοτέλη ο Esteban Solari [Esteban Solari to Ergotelis] (in Greek). Ergotelis F.C. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  21. ^ "Esteban Solari ficha por el Aucas" [Esteban Solari signs for Aucas] (in Spanish). Be Soccer. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  22. ^ "Fernando Batista es el nuevo DT del Sub 20 de Argentina" [Fernando Batista is the new HC of Argentina's Under 20s] (in Spanish). ESPN Deportes. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2023.
  23. ^ "Entrenamiento matutino de la Sub 20" [Morning training for the Under 20s] (in Spanish). Argentine Football Association. 17 May 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2023.
  24. ^ "Argentina busca ir a los Olímpicos sin refuerzos mayores" [Argentina looking to go to Olympics with no overage additions] (in Spanish). Televisa Deportes. 12 October 2019. Retrieved 6 January 2023.
  25. ^ "Argentina sufre una nueva baja para el sub 23 que viaja a Tokio" [Argentina with new man out for Tokyo-bound under 23s]. Ámbito Financiero (in Spanish). 24 June 2021. Retrieved 6 January 2023.
  26. ^ "Esteban Solari named new JDT head coach". The Sun. 1 December 2022. Retrieved 6 January 2023.
  27. ^ "Solari attributes Malaysia Cup win to TMJ". The Sun. 9 December 2023. Retrieved 10 January 2024.
  28. ^ "All-conquering champions off to early start for next season's campaign". The Star. 18 December 2023. Retrieved 13 January 2024.
  29. ^ a b "Esteban Solari left JDT". SNE Sports. 28 December 2023. Retrieved 13 January 2024.
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  31. ^ "Santiago Solari está feliz: Bombini" [Santiago Solari is happy: Bombini] (in Spanish). Medio Tiempo. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  32. ^ Goren, Boaz (1 February 2012). "Kiryat Shmona shaking up Israel". UEFA. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
  33. ^ Brandão, Caio (20 December 2011). "Familiares na Seleção Argentina – Parte 2: os Solari" [Relatives in the Argentine national team – Part 2: the Solaris] (in Portuguese). Futebol Portenho. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  34. ^ Álvarez, Lorena (31 October 2018). "La "barbie perfecta": así es la hermana de Solari, el nuevo entrenador del Real Madrid" [The "perfect barbie": meet the sister of Solari, the new manager of Real Madrid]. El Mundo (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  35. ^ Esteban Solari at Soccerway
  36. ^ "JDT crack open KL City's defence to retain FA Cup". Malay Mail. 22 July 2023. Retrieved 22 July 2023.
  37. ^ Nardillo, Rodrigo (8 July 2023). "La dinastía Solari, una familia que es sinónimo de fútbol: los patriarcas que fundaron un semillero inagotable, el embajador en la Casa Blanca de Madrid y el hijo del Príncipe" [The Solari dynasty, a family that rhymes with football: the patriarchs who founded a never-ending nursery, the Madrid White House ambassador and the son of the Prince]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 July 2023.

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