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Wilson Palacios
Wilson Palacios National Team.jpg
Personal information
Full name Wilson Roberto Palacios Suazo
Date of birth 29 July 1984 (1984-07-29) (age 25)
Place of birth La Ceiba, Honduras
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current club Tottenham Hotspur
Number 12
Youth career
2000–2002 Victoria
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2008 Olimpia 102 (32)
2007–2008 Birmingham City (loan) 7 (0)
2008–2009 Wigan Athletic 37 (0)
2009– Tottenham Hotspur 40 (1)
National team
2003– Honduras 69 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:22, 16 March 2010 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:20, 11 October 2009 (UTC+1)

Wilson Roberto Palacios Suazo[2] (born 29 July 1984) is a Honduran Professional footballer who plays for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. Born in La Ceiba, he played for Victoria and Olimpia in Honduras before moving to England where he played for Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic. In 2009 he joined Tottenham Hotspur, generally playing central midfield as he did for previous club Wigan, unlike at Olimpia where he played on the right of midfield. He has been a regular player for Honduras since 2003, helping them qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals for only the second time in their history.

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Club career

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Victoria

Palacios, along with brothers (Milton, Jerry, Johnny and Edwin), started his career as a footballer with Club Deportivo Victoria, from which all five players were later transferred to Olimpia.

Olimpia

Palacios made 102 appearances and scored 32 goals for Olimpia. He became one of the idols of the team and quickly started to attract international attention after winning five league titles with Olimpia in the 2002-03 Apertura tournament, as well as the 2003-04 Clausura, 2004-05 Clasura, 2005-06 Apertura and the 2005-06 Clausura tournaments. He is especially remembered for scoring a goal from the half-way line against Marathón in the final minutes of a game in 2006 to win the 2005-2006 Clausura tournament to become champions of Honduras.[3]

After having a very successful career in Honduras, Palacios looked to make his name in the European leagues. On 14 July 2007 Palacios announced that he would travel to Serbia for a couple of months for a trial with Red Star Belgrade.[4] He stayed for only a month and despite impressing during his stay, he did not join the club as they refused to pay the cost demanded by Olimpia. After his trial in Serbia, he traveled to France to try his luck with Monaco. It is not known what happened but he did not sign a contract and returned to Honduras.[5]

In August 2007, there were reports in the Honduran press that Palacios had gone missing, until his father stated that his son was actually in London having a trial with Premier League club Arsenal.[6]

Birmingham City

Palacios with Birmingham.

On 24 August 2007 Birmingham City announced that after a recommendation from Arsène Wenger they were offering Palacios a trial with a view to a six month loan, which was agreed on 31 August 2007.[7] He made his debut for Birmingham against Liverpool at Anfield in a 0–0 draw on 22 September.[8] In October 2007 manager Steve Bruce, who likened Palacios to a young Paul Ince, said that Birmingham intended to make his loan a permanent transfer.[9] but the player's absence following his brother's kidnap meant that new manager Alex McLeish had not seen enough of him to sign him permanently.[10]

Wigan Athletic

On 11 January 2008, Palacios re-joined Bruce at Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee,[11] and made his debut the following day against Derby County.[12] He became an important piece in Steve Bruce's scheme and was linked to the likes of big clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid.[13][14][15] Then on 16 January 2009 Steve Bruce declared that the deal with Tottenham Hotspur for Palacios was "virtually agreed". However, he bemoaned the loss of his "right arm" and declared he didn't want to lose "one of [his] best players" after he has become "one of the best midfield players in the country".[16] However, despite Bruce's attempts to keep him at the JJB Stadium, the deal was confirmed five days later.

Tottenham Hotspur

Palacios with Spurs in December 2009.

Despite having reservations about moving to North London from North West England where he was settled, Palacios agreed personal terms on a five-and-a-half year contract with Tottenham Hotspur, committing his future to the club until 2014. On January 21, 2009, the club announced to the London Stock Exchange that they had agreed a fee of £12 million for Palacios and that the player had agreed personal terms and passed his medical,[17] but that the transfer could only be completed once he received a work permit.[18] He made his Tottenham debut in a 3–2 defeat to Bolton Wanderers on 31 January, and assisted with the second goal after Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jääskeläinen stopped Palacios' low shot and teammate Darren Bent put in the rebound.[19][20] His battling performance in his second match, against local rivals Arsenal, earned him the man of the match award.[21] Since then he has had some excellent performances in the Spurs midfield. Palacios scored his first goal in English Football against Hull City on 19 August, 2009 after a through ball by Robbie Keane. After scoring, Palacios pointed towards the heavens in honor of his brother, Edwin Palacios, whose body had been found earlier in the year after being murdered.[22]

International career

Wilson Palacios wears the number 8 jersey with the Honduran national football team. He has played 63 matches with Honduras where he has converted 4 goals since 2003. He is also one of the most well-known Honduran international players alongside David Suazo.

International goals

Wilson Palacios: International goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
3 4 June 2008 Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Puerto Rico 2–0 4–0 2010 World Cup qualifiers
4 14 June 2008 Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel, Bayamon, Puerto Rico  Puerto Rico 2–2 2–2 2010 World Cup qualifiers

Personal life

He is the brother of Milton Palacios, Jerry Palacios, Johnny Palacios and Edwin Rene Palacios. On 30 October 2007, his 16-year-old brother (at the time) Edwin was kidnapped by five armed men from the family home in La Ceiba.[23][24] In November 2007, the family paid a £125,000 ransom and it was reported that the boy had been released, but this proved not to be the case.[25][26]

In January 2009, Palacios' mother made a televised appeal for the kidnappers to open communication with the family, expressing her need to find out if Edwin was still alive, her fears that Palacios' big-money transfer to Tottenham would only strengthen the kidnappers' demands, and a request for help from the British authorities. She stressed that Palacios' team received the transfer fee but the player has only his salary, and that the family's situation is distressing for him.[24][27]

On 8 May 2009 it was announced that, following a confession from two leaders of the 18th Street gang, police had found a body in the municipality of El Paraíso which they believed to be the remains of Edwin.[28] Palacios returned home to Honduras the following day on compassionate leave.[29]

On 28 May 2009, the DNA results on his brother's remains came back positive. They buried him the following day in La Ceiba, Honduras. On 30 May 2009, despite his loss, he joined the Honduran National Team to train in preparation for the World Cup Qualifying games against the U.S.A and El Salvador.

Honours

Club

Club Deportivo Olimpia

References

  1. ^ "1st Team". Wigan Athletic F.C.. http://www.wiganlatics.premiumtv.co.uk/page/ProfilesDetail/0,,10429~41667,00.html. 
  2. ^ "Palacios". FootballDatabase. http://www.footballdatabase.com/index.php?page=player&Id=1555. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  3. ^ El Olimpia se afianza en liderato tras vencer 3-2 al Marathón. Terra, 2006-11-13. Accessed 2008-02-01.
  4. ^ Hondureño Wilson Palacios viaja a prueba con el Estrella Roja de Belgrado. Terra, 2007-07-14. Accessed 2008-02-01.
  5. ^ Wilson Palacios: My amazing journey. Independent, 2009-01-17. Accessed 2008-02-01.
  6. ^ "Ya No Estamos Desesperados, Wilson Está Bien". Tiempo Digital, August 2007. Accessed 2008-01-13.
  7. ^ "Birmingham sign Honduran Palacios". BBC Sport. 2007-08-31. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/birmingham_city/6973109.stm. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  8. ^ McNulty, Phil (2007-09-22). "Liverpool 0-0 Birmingham". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/6996753.stm. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  9. ^ Blues keen on permanent Palacios deal. Birmingham Mail, 2007-10-04. Accessed 2008-01-13.
  10. ^ McLeish: Palacios was just too risky. Birmingham Mail, 2008-01-10. Accessed 2008-01-13.
  11. ^ Wigan complete Palacios signing. BBC Sport, 2008-01-11. Accessed 2008-01-13.
  12. ^ Derby 0-1 Wigan. BBC Sport, 2008-01-12. Accessed 2008-01-13.
  13. ^ Manchester United Back In For Wilson Palacios?. Goal.com, 2008-01-15. Accessed 2008-01-27.
  14. ^ Wilson Palacios Joins Tottenham Hotspur - Reports. Goal.com, 2008-01-20. Accessed 2008-01-27.
  15. ^ Steve Bruce warns Liverpool off a swoop for Wilson Palacios. Mirror, 2008-08-22. Accessed 2008-01-27.
  16. ^ Tottenham tie up Wilson Palacios deal; Steve Bruce bemoans loss of “right arm”. Mirror, 2009-01-16. Accessed 2008-01-27.
  17. ^ Regulatory Announcement: Player transfer. London Stock Exchange, January 21, 2009. Accessed 2009-01-24.
  18. ^ "Tottenham agree deal for Palacios". BBC Sport. 2009-01-21. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/t/tottenham_hotspur/7840642.stm. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  19. ^ Lyon, Sam (31 January 2009). "Bolton 3-2 Tottenham". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/7856381.stm. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  20. ^ "Bolton Recover To Beat Tottenham". Goal.com. 31 January 2009. http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/1771/yahoo/2009/01/31/1087150/bolton-recover-to-beat-tottenham. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  21. ^ Spurs held by depleted Gunners. Sky Sports, 2009-02-08. Accessed 2009-02-09.
  22. ^ Sam Lyon (19 August 2009). "Hull 1 - 5 Tottenham". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/8202440.stm. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  23. ^ Birmingham confirm kidnap of midfielder's brother. The Guardian, 2008-10-31. Accessed on 2008-01-13.
  24. ^ a b Wilson Palacios exclusive: Spurs' star's mum on the search for his kidnapped brother Edwin. Mirror, 2009-02-07. "I need to find out about my little boy He was only 14 when he was taken. I need to know if he's dead or if he's still alive.I can't take any more of this pain. My children went into football and that has brought problems for my family, but they only ever wanted fame, not money. ... Wilson's team gets the transfer money, he only gets his salary. I am obviously very happy for Wilson but my heart is with my poor little boy Edwin, my baby. I need the people who watch Wilson play football to know he's carrying a big sadness with him." Accessed 2009-02-09.
  25. ^ (Spanish) Edwin Palacios cumple 72 días en cautiverio. El Heraldo, 2008-01-07. Accessed 2008-01-13.
  26. ^ Herbert, Ian. Wilson Palacios: My amazing journey. The Independent, 2009-01-17. Accessed 2009-02-09.
  27. ^ (Spanish) "Ya no soporto más este dolor": Mamá de Wilson. Diario Deportivo Diez, 2009-01-22. Accessed 2009-02-09.
  28. ^ "Palacios' brother's remains are found" (in Spanish). Univision. 2009-05-09. http://www.univision.com/content/content.jhtml?chid=4&schid=3561&secid=513&cid=1937285. 
  29. ^ Palacios brother feared murdered BBC, 2009-05-09. Accessed 2009-05-11.

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