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Wilson Palacios

Wilson Roberto Palacios Suazo (; born 29 July 1984) is a Honduras Association football who plays in the Premier League for Stoke City F.C..

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Wilson Palacios biography

Wilson Roberto Palacios Suazo (; born 29 July 1984) is a Honduras Association football who plays in the Premier League for Stoke City F.C..

Born in La Ceiba, Wilson Palacios played for Club Deportivo Victoria and Club Deportivo Olimpia in Honduras before moving to England where Wilson Palacios played for Birmingham City F.C. and Wigan Athletic F.C.. In 2009 Wilson Palacios joined Tottenham Hotspur F.C., generally playing central defensive midfield as Wilson Palacios did for previous club Wigan. Wilson Palacios has occasionally been used for Tottenham Hotspur as a right midfielder. Wilson Palacios has been a regular player for Honduras national football team since 2003, helping them qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals for only the second time in their history. In August 2011 Palacios joined Stoke City F.C. for an undisclosed fee.

Club career


Palacios, along with brothers Milton Palacios Suazo, Jerry Palacios, Johnny Palacios and Edwin, started Wilson Palacios career as a association football with Club Deportivo Victoria, from which all five players were later transferred to Club Deportivo Olimpia.

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

After having a very successful career in Honduras, Palacios looked to make Wilson Palacios name in the European leagues. On 14 July 2007 Palacios announced that Wilson Palacios would travel to Serbia for a couple of months for a trial with Red Star Belgrade. Wilson Palacios stayed for less than a month and despite impressing during Wilson Palacios stay, Wilson Palacios did not join the club as they refused to pay the cost demanded by Club Deportivo Olimpia, and a salary of, reportedly, 1.5 million United States dollar for a three-year contract. After Wilson Palacios trial in Serbia, Wilson Palacios traveled to France to try Wilson Palacios luck with AS Monaco FC. It is not known what happened but Wilson Palacios did not sign a contract and returned to Honduras. In August 2007, there were reports in the Honduran press that Palacios had gone missing, until Wilson Palacios father stated that Wilson Palacios son was actually in London having a trial with Premier League club Arsenal F.C..

Birmingham City

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

Wigan Athletic

On 11 January 2008, Palacios re-joined Bruce at Wigan Athletic F.C. for an undisclosed fee, and made Wilson Palacios debut the following day against Derby County F.C.. Wilson Palacios became an important piece in Steve Bruce's scheme and was linked to the likes of big clubs like Manchester United F.C., Liverpool F.C., FC Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid C.F.. Then on 16 January 2009 Steve Bruce declared that the deal with Tottenham Hotspur F.C. for Palacios was "virtually agreed". However, Wilson Palacios bemoaned the loss of Wilson Palacios "right arm" and declared Wilson Palacios didn't want to lose "one of Wilson Palacios best players" after Wilson Palacios has become "one of the best midfield players in the country". However, despite Bruce's attempts to keep Wilson Palacios at the JJB Stadium, the deal was confirmed five days later. File:Wilson Palacios Spurs 2009.jpg from North West England where Wilson Palacios was settled, Palacios agreed personal terms on a five-and-a-half year contract with Tottenham Hotspur F.C., committing Wilson Palacios 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 Wilson Palacios medical, but that the transfer could only be completed once Wilson Palacios received a work permit. Wilson Palacios made Wilson Palacios Tottenham debut in a 3–2 defeat to Bolton Wanderers F.C. 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.

Wilson Palacios battling performance in Wilson Palacios second match, against local rivals Arsenal, earned Wilson Palacios the man of the match award. Since then Wilson Palacios has had some excellent performances in the Spurs midfield. Palacios scored Wilson Palacios first goal in English Football against Hull City A.F.C. on 19 August 2009 after a through ball by Robbie Keane. After scoring, Palacios pointed towards the heavens in honour of Wilson Palacios brother, Edwin Palacios, whose body had been found earlier in the year after being murdered. Wilson Palacios performance at Hull earned praise from manager Harry Redknapp. During the 2009–10 season Wilson Palacios played 43 matches for Tottenham and helped the club reach the UEFA Champions League for the first time. The following season, Palacios was restricted to 21 appearances in the Premier League however Wilson Palacios did play a key role in Tottenham's run to the quarter final of the Champions League.

Stoke City

Palacios joined Stoke City F.C. on 31 August 2011, signing a four year contract. The fee was undisclosed but is believed to be around £6 million. Wilson Palacios made Wilson Palacios debut for Stoke in a 1–0 win against Liverpool F.C. on 10 September 2011. Wilson Palacios start to Wilson Palacios Stoke career has been restricted by a knee injury and tonsillitis. Palacios eventually made Wilson Palacios first league start on 21 December 2011 away at Manchester City F.C..

International career

Wilson Palacios wears the number 8 jersey with the Honduras national football team. Wilson Palacios has played 69 matches with Honduras where Wilson Palacios has scored 4 goals since 2003. Wilson Palacios is also one of the most well-known Honduran international players alongside David Suazo.

In the 2010 FIFA World Cup, held in South Africa, Honduras achieved an historical distinction by including Jerry, Johnny, and Wilson Palacios in their squad. They became the first trio of brothers to represent a single nation in the World Cup.


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