Nobby Solano never ever appeared in a World Cup finals as a player.
However, the former Newcastle star says that he is hoping for ‘revenge’ as part of the coaching team in Russia this summer.
It is 36 years since Peru last qualified for a World Cup finals and as assistant coach, Nobby Solano has helped them achieve this finally.
Peru ended up fifth in their South American qualifying group, ahead of Paraguay and Chile, then had to defeat New Zealand in a winner takes all play-off.
Arguably, Solano and his country must be quite happy with their group, not that it is easy but whilst France will be tough in Group C, Australia and Denmark are beatable.
Good luck to Nobby Solano on this latest adventure.
Nobby Solano asked by official FIFA site about never appearing in a World Cup finals:
“Unfortunately that’s football…
“There are superstars who never made it to the World Cup…but there are always revenge stories.
“Being part of this coaching staff in Russia gives me this possibility.
“The main thing was not to burden the players with something that was not their responsibility.
“If you don’t form a group, when individually you don’t have a large pool of players, it’s impossible to qualify
“[Head Coach] Ricardo Gareca was able to achieve that and convince the Peruvian players that they had potential.
“If there is no team then you don’t get anywhere.
“Having a team is how we achieved the feat of qualifying.
“Now people ask us to get through the first round, that is football, the fans will always demand more.”