Manuel Fleitas Solich

Manuel Fleitas Solich
Manuel Fleitas Solich
Personal information
Date of birth 30 December 1900(1900-12-30)
Place of birth Asunción, Paraguay
Date of death 24 March 1984(1984-03-24) (aged 83)
Place of death Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Club Nacional
Boca Juniors
National team
Teams managed
1922–1929 Paraguay
1945–1946 Paraguay
1947–1951 Paraguay
1953–1957 Flamengo
1958–1959 Flamengo
1959–1960 Real Madrid
1960–1962 Flamengo
1962–1965 Paraguay
1967–1968 Clube Atlético Mineiro
1971 Flamengo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

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


Career as a player

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.

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

Career as a coach

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 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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