Manuel Fleitas Solich

Manuel Fleitas Solich (30 December 1900 – 24 March 1984) was a Paraguayan football player and coach. He was known as "El Brujo" (the Wizard).

Manuel Fleitas Solich
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Personal information
Date of birth (1900-12-30)30 December 1900
Place of birth Asunción, Paraguay
Date of death 24 March 1984(1984-03-24) (aged 83)
Place of death Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1918–1926 Club Nacional
1927–1931 Boca Juniors
1931 Racing Club
1932–1933 Platense
1933 Talleres (RE)
1933–1936 Boca Juniors
National team
1919–1926 Paraguay 32 (6)
Teams managed
1922–1929 Paraguay
1932 Lanús
1933 Newell's Old Boys
1934–1935 Quilmes
1936 Talleres (RE)
1937 Lanús
1937–1938 Club Nacional
1939 Paraguay
1940–1941 River Plate
1942 Olimpia
1942 Paraguay
1943–1944 Libertad
1945 Newell's Old Boys
1945–1946 Paraguay
1946 Lanús
1947 Quilmes
1947–1953 Paraguay
1953–1957 Flamengo
1958–1959 Flamengo
1959–1960 Real Madrid
1960–1962 Flamengo
1962 Corinthians
1962 Fluminense
1966 Palmeiras
1967–1968 Atlético Mineiro
1970–1971 Bahia
1971 Flamengo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Career as a playerEdit

Fleitas Solich played for Club Nacional of Paraguay where he won two Paraguayan League titles, in 1924 and 1926. He also played for Boca Juniors where as the captain of the team he led them to the 1930 Argentine title. During his time at Boca he played 99 games for the club in all competitions, scoring 15 goals. He suffered an injury in 1930 and never recovered to his full ability.

In Argentina he also played for clubs such as Racing Club, Platense and Talleres (RE).

While playing for the Paraguay national football team, Solich had 32 caps and 6 goals.

Career as a coachEdit

Solich's career as a coach proved to be impressive as he led the Paraguayan national team to a final in the 1947 Copa América and won the 1953 tournament (which was the first Copa América ever won by Paraguay). He also coached the Paraguayan national team at the 1950 FIFA World Cup. At the club level coached several Brazilian clubs such as Palmeiras, Corinthians, Atlético,[1] Fluminense and Flamengo, being this last club where he won several titles. In Europe, Solich coached Real Madrid for seven months of the 1959–1960 season, where he led the Spanish team to 21 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses.[2] He also coached the Peru national football team, Newell's Old Boys, Quilmes, Club Libertad and his beloved Club Nacional.


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