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A rel­a­tive un­known in man­age­rial cir­cles, San­ti­ago So­lari has as been in charge of Real Madrid’s “B” team, known as Castilla, since July 2016.

This has been the 42-yearold’s only se­nior man­age­rial ex­pe­ri­ence. The team play in Spain’s sec­ond tier, Se­gunda B. Un­like in other ma­jor Euro­pean leagues, such as Eng­land, Span­ish clubs are al­lowed to have a sec­ond team in the same league sys­tem, but the two teams can­not com­pete in the same di­vi­sion.

So­lari’s pro­mo­tion, al­beit only short-term, has echoes of Zine­dine Zi­dane (pic­tured be­low right with So­lari in 2004) who also started his man­age­rial ca­reer with Castilla be­fore mov­ing up to take charge of the first team with great suc­cess.

Castilla are cur­rently fifth in Se­gunda B hav­ing won five, drawn four and lost one in their open­ing 10 matches. They fin­ished eighth last sea­son.

Born in Rosario, Ar­gentina, So­lari was a ma­raud­ing left winger who played five sea­sons with Madrid from 2000-05 win­ning La Liga in 2000/01 and 2002/03 and the Uefa Cham­pi­ons League in 2002.

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