Emilio Palacios

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Emilio Palacios
Personal information
Full name Emilio José Palacios Luna
Date of birth (1982-10-08) October 8, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Carazo Department, Nicaragua
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000-2002 Diriangén
2002–2003 Parmalat
2003–2006 Diriangén
2007 Independiente
2007-2008 Walter Ferretti
2008-2012 Xilotepelt
2012-2014 Diriangén
2014- UNAN Managua
National team
2001-2009 Nicaragua 26 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 December 2013
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Palacios and the second or maternal family name is Luna.

Emilio José Palacios Luna (born 8 October 1982) is a Nicaraguan footballer who currently plays for Diriangén in the Primera División de Nicaragua.

Palacios is Nicaragua's all-time national team record goalscorer with 11 goals.

Club career[edit]

Palacios started his professional career at Diriangén and had a short spell with Parmalat. He moved abroad to join Salvadoran outfit Independiente in 2007, only to return to Nicaragua to play for Walter Ferretti, then Xilotepelt whom he helped promote to the top tier in June 2012.[1] He returned to Diriangén in summer 2012.

He was the top scorer of the Nicaraguan League in the championships Apertura 2002 (scoring 15 goals for Parmalat), Apertura 2003 (17 goals for Diriangén) and Apertura 2004 (14 goals for Diriangén).

International career[edit]

Palacios made his debut for Nicaragua in an April 2001 friendly match against Belize and has earned a total of 26 caps, scoring 11 goals. He has represented his country in 3 FIFA World Cup qualification matches[2] and played at the 2001,[3]2003,[4] 2007,[5] and 2009 UNCAF Nations Cups.[6]

He was the first Nicaraguan to score a hat-trick in an international competition, in February 2007, when Nicaragua won 4-2 against Belize, during the IX UNCAF Copa de Naciones. After a good performance in this event, he was contacted by Salvadoran side Independiente, and left Diriangen FC for the Salvadoran side.

His final international was a January 2009 UNCAF Nations Cup match against Guatemala.

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Honduras' goal tally first.
N. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 17 November 2002 Truman Bodden Sports Complex, George Town, Cayman Islands  Cayman Islands 1–0 1–0 Friendly match
2. 21 February 2003 Estadio Rommel Fernández, Panama City, Panama  Panama 1–0 1–0 2003 UNCAF Nations Cup
3. 31 January 2004 John Leonard Stadium, West Palm Beach, USA  Haiti 1–0 1–1 Friendly match
4. 2 April 2004 Bermuda National Stadium, Hamilton, Bermuda  Bermuda 1–2 1–2 Friendly match
5. 30 April 2004 Estadio Cacique Diriangén, Diriamba, Nicaragua  Bermuda 2–0 2–0 Friendly match
6. 2 May 2004 Estadio Independencia, Estelí, Nicaragua  Bermuda 2–0 2–0 Friendly match
7. 13 June 2004 Estadio Cacique Diriangén, Diriamba, Nicaragua  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1–1 2–2 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
8. 20 June 2004 Arnos Vale Stadium, Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1–2 1–4 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
9. 12 February 2007 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Belize 1–0 4–2 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup
10. 12 February 2007 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Belize 2–0 4–2 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup
11. 12 February 2007 Estadio Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador  Belize 4–2 4–2 2007 UNCAF Nations Cup


External links[edit]

Emilio Palacios at National-Football-Teams.com