New Real Madrid manager Santiago Solari profiled – Daily News
#NewRealMadrid, #managerSantiagoSolari, #profiled Santiago Solari has been handed the reins at Real Madrid after the club sacked Julen Lopetegui. Lopetegui was sacked as Real chief on Monday evening having overseen a horror start to the season which left the club sitting ninth in La Liga. Real have only managed a single win in their last seven appearances – including defeats to Sevilla, CSKA Moscow, Alaves, Levante and Barcelona. And it was the El Clasico humbling that proved the final straw for Lopetegui – as Luis Suarez’s hat-trick set a 4-1 thrashing. So who is the popular Santiago Solari, who is 42, as he prepares to take his first step into management? Playing career Solari was born in Rosario in Argentina, the same town as Lionel Messi, on October 7, 1976. Known as an agile winger, he was quickly sent to The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey where he won the WJAC Rookie of the Year in 1994 He is still fourth on the list of most assists in a season at the college – having set up 15 goals during the 1994 season. Solari is also named in the program’s best ever players. Solari was then picked up by Argentine sides Newell’s Old Boys’ youth set-up before moving to Renato Cesarini. He made his senior debut for River Plater in 1996 before moving to Europe with Atletico Madrid. As a player at Real Madrid Solari spent a season at Atleti before moving across Madrid to Real. During his time at the Bernabeu, Solari won La Liga twice – in the 2000-01 and 2002-03 seasons – along with a Champions League in 2002. He played 131 La Liga games for Real in five seasons before moving to Inter Milan – where he won Serie A in three successive seasons. In 2008 he returned to Argentina and rounded out his career at San Lorenzo, Atlante and Penarol. He also made 11 appearances for his national team – but never managed to play at a major tournament. Coaching career Solari returned to Real in 2013 when he was appointed a youth coach. In 2016 he moved to become Real Madrid B manager before his appointment as interim coach of the first team on Monday. As manager of the Real Madrid B team, also known as Castilla, he led them to an 11th place finish in Segunda B in his first campaign before reaching eighth last season. After 10 games this season, Castilla have won five games and sit fifth – but haven’t won any of their last three fixtures. What will be Solari’s first game? Solari’s first game will be the Copa del Rey clash with Melilla on Wednesday.