Manuel Vidrio

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Manuel Vidrio
Name Manuel Vidrio Solís
Birthday 23. August 1972
Birthplace Teocuitatlán, Mexico
Size 184 cm
Position Defense
Years Station Games (goals)1
1991–1996 CD Guadalajara 145 (7)
1996–1997 Deportivo Toluca 22 (1)
1997–1998 UAG Tecos 34 (1)
1999–2002 CF Pachuca 100 (7)
2002 CA Osasuna 5 (1)
2003–2005 CF Pachuca 65 (1)
2005–2006 CD Veracruz 5 (0)
National team
Years Selection Games (goals)
1992 Mexico (Olympia) 3 (0)
1993–2002 Mexico 34 (1)
1 Only league games are indicated.

Manuel Vidrio Solís (born August 23, 1972 in Teocuitatlán, Jalisco), also known by the nickname “Tronco”, is a Mexican former football player who played defense.



“El Tronco” Vidrio was trained in the youth departments of CD “Chivas” Guadalajara, where he received his first professional contract. On 15 September 1991 he played his first match in the Mexican Primera División against Correcaminos de la UAT. After five years with the “Chivas”, he spent two one-year stints with Toluca (1996/97 season) and Tecos de la UAG (1997/98) before “settling down” again at CF Pachuca. His coach there for three years was Javier Aguirre, who brought Vidrio back to the national team in 2001 after being appointed national coach himself. Together they won the championships of the Torneo Invierno 1999 and the Torneo Invierno 2001.

When Aguirre took on a contract at Basque side CA Osasuna after the 2002 World Cup, he immediately took Vidrio with him. Aguirre expected the 30-year-old Vidrio to provide the experience the Osasuna side lacked. However, although Vidrio played his first four games in the Spanish Primera División and even scored a goal, his appearances were accompanied by reviews accusing him of being too slow, too clumsy and a source of uncertainty. After that, he only made one appearance and returned to his previous employers Pachuca during the winter break of the 2002/03 season, with whom he won another Apertura championship title in 2003. The last season of his active career[1]
he spent with the Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz.

National team

Vidrio made a total of 34 appearances for the Mexican national football team, going the full distance on 31 occasions. His international debut came on 29 June 1993 at Costa Rica (2-0) and was a four-minute limited appearance. He made a total of four international appearances in 1993 and 1994, but was not named to Mexico’s 1994 World Cup squad. In 1995, he seemed to break through and made a total of nine appearances for “el Tri”. But his 13th international match overall against Slovenia (1-2) on 6 December 1995 was also his last appearance for more than five years. It was only when his former club coach at Pachuca, Javier Aguirre, was handed the role of head coach of the national team in July 2001 that he was considered again and made a further 21 appearances, including a World Cup appearance in 2002.

At the 2002 World Cup, he played all of Mexico’s preliminary matches in full, as well as the first half in the Round of 16 match against the USA (0-2) on 17 June 2002, which was also his last international appearance.

His only goal for the national team came on 23 August 2001 in a friendly match played in Mexico against Liberia, which was won 5-4. His goal in the 74th minute had equalised the score at 4-4.


  • Mexican Champion: Inv 1999, Inv 2001, Ape 2003

Notes and individual references

  1. 2005/06 acc. to
    or 2006/07 according to