Club: Newcastle United
Nolberto Albino Solano Todco commonly known as "Nobby" or "Ñol", is a Peruvian football player who spent much of his career in the English Premier League. He is a popular figure in his native Peru, where he is seen as one of the most famous Peruvians, appearing on a postage stamp and having his wedding televised live.
His talents in football range from accurate crosses to accomplished dead-ball skills and he has traditionally played either on the right wing, or as a right back during his career. He is the first choice player to take corner and direct free kicks. Solano is the first Peruvian to play in the Premier League and the FA Cup Final. He is also an accomplished trumpet player and has set up his own Salsa band, The Geordie Latinos. He has described himself as an "adopted Geordie".
With a slight frame and low centre of gravity Solano's game is based almost entirely on skill and vision, he in many ways exemplifies the South American type of footballer. Predominantly a wide player, as a winger in Europe he was atypical, with a taste for drifting inside and unhurried in his manner of carrying the ball. During his time at Newcastle he was among the Premiership's most creative midfielders, second only to Thierry Henry in assists for the 2000/2001 season. He is also a dead ball specialist, having scored several memorable long range free-kicks.