River is reinforced by Pablo César Solari, the fast leader who came from a San Luis town of just over 1,000 inhabitants
if it is called Paul Cesar, those names have a special resonance for the fan of River, they refer him to Pablo César Aimar. If the last name is Solari, memory makes a stop at Santiago Solari and, the oldest supporters, at Jorge Solari, the “Indian” who preceded his nephew at the Núñez club in the sixties. to river arrives Pablo Cesar Solari a lanky young striker (1.81m, 21 years old), fast, dribbler, long stride and with overflow to travel the bands (preferably to the right), and with least goal than a center-attacker.
As Paul Caesar baptized him his father, Víctor, a fan of River, that to other two of his eight children he put Matthias Jesustoday a doctor, by Almeyda, and Santiago, for the “Indiecito”. This Solari family has nothing to do with the Solari (Jorge, Eduardo, Santiago, Esteban and David) who established a soccer dynasty.
River’s new reinforcement, for which he will pay 4.2 million dollars to Colo Colo for 60 percent of his pass, born in Arizona, a town of saint Louis 350 kilometers from the provincial capital, on Provincial Route 55, from little more than 1000 inhabitants, with 34 blocks, which has a school, a gas station, an ATM and two bakeries (one owned by Víctor Solari).
when you decide Marcelo Gallardo will debut in the first division of Argentine soccer, an experience he did not go through in Cordoba Workshopswhere he joined 14 years and went with 19 to Colo Colo. First on loan and then for 1.2 million dollars for 80 percent of the pass. The Cordoba club, which will now charge 5 percent for training rights, retains 20 percent, the same percentage that the Chilean entity retains.
The goal to save Colo Colo from relegation
Solari already faced River with Colo Colo in the two group matches of the Copa Libertadores. From that first qualifying stage, the San Luis, after the six disputed dates, He was first in the dribbling ranking, with 32, thirteen more than Exequiel Zeballos (Boca), the other Argentine that appears among the first five of the ranking. When he had Eight years old he traveled for a test in the River children’s.
“While at the little football school ‘Rumbo a Vélez’, in La Pampa, We took him to River for a week. We didn’t want to leave it there. He was very young. Later there was a change of leadership and coordinators, so we did not know more about River”, Father Víctor expressed some time ago, consulted by the newspaper El Mercurio de Santiago. Later, when he was 12 years old, there was an attempt in Vélez, but he didn’t make it. The next stop was the Talleres boarding house, where he did the lower ones and went as far as the reserve.
When there was no gap for him to have a chance in the first workshop, he agreed to cross the mountain range. Who was his coach in the T reserve, Walter Lema, as field assistant to the technical director Gustavo Quinteros He recommended it for Colo Colo, who had been left without wingers due to injuries, and also had no money left over for costly additions. “It is the first time that I recommend a player. I did it because I directed Pablo for two years in the Talleres reserve,” Lema said, in an operation that had the approval of Marcelo Spina, then sports director of Colo Colo.
As a youth he was in the orbit of the youth teams. In 2019 he participated with the Sub 18 in the tournament of L’Alcúdia (Spain), where he made a goal against Mauritania in a team directed by another Solari, Esteban, Santiago’s brother.
The transaction to Colo Colo was made on loan and it didn’t take long for him to have minutes, nor to become a savior to whom the Colo Colo fans will be eternally grateful. in his ninth game he converted his first goal, a very special one: that of 1-0 against Universidad Concepción, in the match for Promotion that defined a relegation. In short, Solari prevented the “Cacique” from going down to the second division for the first time in its history. Had he had a longer career in Colo Colo, many venture that he could have entered the gallery of idols, as it happened with the Argentine exgoleador Marcelo Barticiotto.
In 71 official matches in Colo Colo converted 16 goals (four to win the Chile Cup) and gave seven assists. In the recent Copa Libertadores he scored a goal in the 2-1 against Fortress and another to Inter Porto Alegre by South American Cup. Its conditions and characteristics aroused the interest of America of Mexico on two occasions, but the offers did not satisfy Colo Colo.
Gallardo adds an attacker with a profile that he does not have on campus. With a longer gambeta than that of Esequiel Barco. “I like to face the defender, I’ve done it since I was little”, he once defined himself, as briefly as he usually speaks. More loquacious is his father: “When he was little, Pablo played in the only team in town, the Arizona social and sports club. We are few here, it is rural football, and there is no league, so when I was 7 years old I took him in my car to General Pico, which is about 150 kilometers away, in the province next door (La Pampa). There was the school ‘Rumbo a Vélez’. I do not like to talk about myself. But yes, I was No. 9. Some mornings I taught Pablo. Later they put him on the wing, although he also sometimes played 5 and 8, in midfield”.
Highlights of Pablo Solari
Sebastian Piat He was the scout who took Solari to Talleres. He had already brought him closer to Vélez, who opted to sign Florián Monzón, Pedro’s son. “Pablo has many attributes to face, he is fast and strong one on one, with short and long dribbling. But the distinctive quality of him is another: at key moments, he thinks, he knows how to handle stress and pressure, something that not everyone tolerates, ”Piat described him.
admirer of the style Neymar, if he manages to stand out in River, when talking about Arizona’s credit, it will be about western Argentina, not the United States.