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Bolo (footballer)

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Personal information
Full name Jon Andoni Pérez Alonso[1]
Date of birth (1974-03-05) 5 March 1974 (age 48)[1]
Place of birth Bilbao, Spain[1]
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre forward
Club information
Current team
Ponferradina (coach)
Youth career
Danok Bat
1991–1993 Athletic Bilbao
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1996 Bilbao Athletic 75 (22)
1994–1998 Athletic Bilbao 42 (4)
1997Osasuna (loan) 7 (0)
1997–1998Hércules (loan) 26 (6)
1998–2004 Rayo Vallecano 192 (43)
2004–2006 Gimnàstic 79 (10)
2006–2008 Numancia 60 (11)
2008–2009 Barakaldo 36 (7)
Total 517 (103)
National team
1996–2003 Basque Country 5 (4)
Teams managed
2014–2018 Arenas Getxo
2018– Ponferradina
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jon Andoni Pérez Alonso (born 5 March 1974), known as Bolo, is a Spanish former footballer who played as a centre forward, and is the current manager of SD Ponferradina.

In a 15-year professional career, in which he represented six clubs, he appeared in 479 games in the two major levels of Spanish football, scoring 95 goals. He amassed totals of 168 matches and 29 goals in La Liga, with Athletic Bilbao and Rayo Vallecano (four seasons apiece).

Playing career


Born in Bilbao, Biscay, Bolo was a product of Lezama, Athletic Bilbao's youth structure. He first appeared with the first team on 20 February 1994 in a 1–0 away defeat against Real Zaragoza,[2] in what would be his sole La Liga appearance of the season.

After a four-year stint with the Basques (with loans to CA Osasuna and Hércules CF in the Segunda División included),[3] Bolo went on to play for Rayo Vallecano where he had his most steady period,[4] appearing in the UEFA Cup in the 2000–01 campaign and being joint-top scorer (alongside Dimitar Berbatov) with seven goals to help his team reach the semi-finals;[5] at times, he formed part of a forward line alongside two Bosnian internationals with very similar names: 'Baljić, Bolić and Bolo'.[6] He suffered consecutive relegations in his last two years, at Gimnàstic de Tarragona[7] and CD Numancia.[8]

In August 2008, Bolo was released by Numancia as the Soria team returned to the top flight, and returned to the Basque region, signing with Segunda División B side Barakaldo CF. After only one season he retired from football at the age of 35, becoming his last club's general manager.[9]


Bolo was never capped by Spain at any level, but represented the Basque Country's non-FIFA team. On 27 December 2003, he scored both goals in a 2–1 win over Uruguay at his hometown's San Mamés Stadium.[10]

Coaching career

Bolo was appointed manager of Arenas Club de Getxo on 18 March 2014,[11] achieving promotion to division three in his first full season.[12][13] On 31 May 2018, he was named at the helm of SD Ponferradina also in the third tier,[14] winning another promotion in his debut campaign.[15]

Personal life

Bolo's son, Adrián (born in Madrid in 2001 while his father was with Rayo), is also a footballer. A central defender, he also came through at Athletic Bilbao.[16][17]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 14 May 2022
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Arenas Getxo Spain 18 March 2014 31 May 2018 173 68 61 44 241 183 +58 039.31 [18]
Ponferradina Spain 31 May 2018 Present 174 71 52 51 218 187 +31 040.80 [19]
Total 347 139 113 95 459 370 +89 040.06





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  2. ^ Andrés, Mariano (21 February 1994). "Un inofensivo Athletic tropieza en La Romareda" [Harmless Athletic stumble at La Romareda]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  3. ^ González Villarreal, Javier (23 May 2019). "¿Qué fue de Bolo? De jugar la UEFA con el Rayo a intentar subir a Segunda con la Ponferradina" [What happened to Bolo? From playing UEFA with Rayo to trying to promote to Segunda with Ponferradina]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  4. ^ Sanz, Óscar (6 November 1999). "Los poderes del líder" [The leader's strengths]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Eight-goal Soriano is Europa League top scorer". UEFA. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  6. ^ Torres, Diego (24 November 2001). "Baljic, Bolic y Bolo desafían a un Zidane en estado de gracia" [Baljic, Bolic and Bolo challenge Zidane in a state of grace]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 23 May 2021.
  7. ^ Muntané, Eduard (28 November 2004). "Bolo sentencia en tiempo de descuento" [Bolo decides it in injury time]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Breve enciclopedia numantina" [Brief numantina encyclopedia]. Desde Soria (in Spanish). 29 May 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  9. ^ Ortiz de Lazcano, Javier (21 March 2011). "El Barakaldo cesa al entrenador y al secretario técnico" [Barakaldo sack manager and technical secretary]. El Correo (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Dos goles de Bolo terminan con la resistencia uruguaya" [Two goals from Bolo finish off the Uruguayan resistance]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 27 December 2003. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Jon Pérez Bolo, nuevo entrenador del Arenas" [Jon Pérez Bolo, new manager of Arenas]. El Correo (in Spanish). 19 March 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Histórico ascenso del Arenas Club" [Historic Arenas Club promotion]. ABC (in Spanish). 27 June 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Bolo apunta al Bilbao Athletic" [Bolo poised for Bilbao Athletic] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Jon Pérez 'Bolo', nuevo entrenador de la SD Ponferradina" [Jon Pérez 'Bolo', new manager of SD Ponferradina] (in Spanish). SD Ponferradina. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  15. ^ Aramendia, Arkaitz (2 July 2019). "Bolo: "El ascenso a Segunda me deja la sensación del deber cumplido"" [Bolo: "Promoting to Segunda leaves me with a feeling of a job well done"]. Deia (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  16. ^ "Basconia sign Danok Bat starlet Adrián Pérez". Inside Athletic. 28 April 2020. Retrieved 29 April 2021.
  17. ^ Zubieta, Jon (3 August 2020). "Bolo se enorgullece de su hijo" [Bolo proud of his son]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  18. ^ "Tercera División (Grupo 4) 2013–14" [Tercera División (Group 4) 2013–14] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
    "Fase de ascenso a Segunda División B 2013–14" [Promotion phase to Segunda División B 2013–14] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
    "Tercera División (Grupo 4) 2014–15" [Tercera División (Group 4) 2014–15] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
    "Fase de ascenso a Segunda División B 2014–15" [Promotion phase to Segunda División B 2014–15] (in Spanish). Futbolme. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
    "Bolo: Jon Andoni Pérez Alonso". BDFutbol. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
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  19. ^ "Bolo: Jon Andoni Pérez Alonso". BDFutbol. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
    "Bolo: Jon Andoni Pérez Alonso". BDFutbol. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
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  20. ^ San José, José C. (2 June 2008). "El Numancia remonta a lo grande y se proclama campeón" [Numancia come from behind in style and are crowned champions]. El Norte de Castilla (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 June 2021.
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