Adolfo Bolea

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Adolfo Bolea
Personal information
Full name Adolfo Bolea Sanz
Date of birth (1933-03-24) 24 March 1933 (age 86)
Place of birth El Poble-sec, Spain
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1953 Sant Andreu 56 (21)
1953–1955 Español 6 (3)
1953–1954 Tenerife (loan) 27 (14)
1954–1955 Sabadell (loan) 17 (4)
1955–1956 España 29 (20)
1956–1964 Cádiz 180 (56)
1964–1966 Balón Cádiz
Total 315 (118)
Teams managed
1971–1972 Cádiz
1976 Cádiz

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Adolfo Bolea Sanz (born 24 March 1933) is a Spanish retired footballer who played as a forward.

In a career spent mostly with Cádiz, he played 309 games and scored 115 times in Segunda División, adding three in six in La Liga for Español. He also managed Cádiz in two brief spells.

Football career

Born in El Poble-sec, Barcelona, Catalonia, Bolea began his career at UE Sant Andreu in 1951–52, making his debut on 30 September 1951 in an 8–0 Segunda División loss at Racing Ferrol. In his fourth game, on 21 October, he scored his first goal, equalising for a 1–1 home draw against CA Osasuna; he finished the season with eight goals, hitting 13 in 29 appearances the following campaign – including his first hat-trick, in a 4–1 home win over Caudal Deportivo – as the team ranked in eighth place and suffered administrative relegation.

Bolea was then sold to RCD Español of La Liga, but loaned back down to CD Tenerife. He scored a hat-trick in a 6–1 win over UD Melilla on 18 October 1953, and added four more on 20 December 1953 in an 8–0 undoing of RCD Mallorca. He was then lent to Sabadell in the 1954 summer, before returning in November for his only experience outside the second tier; he netted three times in six top-flight matches, including on 6 February 1955 when he struck twice in a 4–1 win against Hércules CF at the Sarrià Stadium.[1]

At the end of the season, Bolea returned to the second division where he would remain until his professional retirement at the age of 31, signing for UD España of Tangier during the Spanish protectorate in Morocco. On 11 September 1955, in his very first appearance, he scored a hat-trick in a 4–2 win over Granada CF, and finished his first year with a career-best 20 goals from 29 games over, but the club was dissolved when the city returned to Moroccan rule.

Bolea then crossed the Straits of Gibraltar and passed the final eight seasons of his career in the same league for Cádiz CF, whom he later managed in the middle of 1971–72 and again for the second half of the campaign four years later.


  1. "Español, 4 – Hércules, 1" (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 7 February 1955. Retrieved 14 March 2016. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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