Pablo Palacios

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Pablo Palacios
Personal information
Full name Pablo David Palacios Herreria
Date of birth (1982-02-05) February 5, 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Quito, Ecuador
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
El Nacional
Number 17
Youth career
1999–2002 LDU Quito
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001 Otavalo 7 (?)
2002 LDU Quito 0 (0)
2003 América de Quito 10 (?)
2004–2006 Aucas 81 (23)
2007 Deportivo Quito 42 (15)
2008–2011 Barcelona 100 (30)
2012– Emelec 0 (0)
National team
2007–2011 Ecuador 15 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 July 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 04 April 2010
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Palacios and the second or maternal family name is Herreria.

Pablo David Palacios Herreria (born February 5, 1982 in Quito) is an Ecuadorian footballer who plays for Emelec and the Ecuadorian national team. He is known as one of the best strikers in the domestic tournament and has solidified his reputation as a goalscorer amongst Ecuador's top clubs.

Club career[edit]

Palacios started out as a LDU Quito youth product, but got very little playing time. After spending some seasons in third division clubs América de Quito and Otavalo, he moved to Liga's rivals Aucas in 2004. By 2006, he had scored 23 goals in 81 matches, earning him a transfer to one of Ecuador's big teams, Deportivo Quito. His talent and goalscoring prowess earned him a call-up to the national team from Colombian coach Luis Fernando Suárez.

Barcelona Sporting Club[edit]

In December 2007, Palacios moved to Ecuador's most popular team, Guayaquil side Barcelona.[1] In his first season at the club, he netted 20 goals, finishing the season as the league's top scorer. However, 2009 proved to be a regrettable season for both himself and the club. Barcelona barely escaped relegation and Palacios was tied as Barca's top-scorer for the season with only 6 goals. Despite of the uncertainty if Palacios would remain in Barcelona for the 2010 season, on January 4, 2010 he signed a one year contract with the club he has confessed of being a fan of, Barcelona.[2][3]


On January 2012 Palacios was signed on a free by Barcelona`s archrival Emelec.

International career[edit]

Palacios began playing for Ecuador in 2007, making some important appearances against squads like Sweden, Ireland,[4] and Colombia.

He was part of the squad that participated in the 2007 Copa América. However, he was not featured in any matches and watched Ecuador's early elimination on the bench. He did not get another callup until August 2008 when national team manager Sixto Vizuete called him up for a friendly against Colombia. He was called again to play with Bolivia and Uruguay in September 2008 for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification matches. He came off the bench against Bolivia making his official debut in this tournament.[5] On June 10, 2009, Palacios scored the second goal in a 2-0 win over Argentina.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 June 10, 2009 Estadio Olímpico Atahualpa, Quito  Argentina 2–0 2–0 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 February 9, 2011 Estadio Nilmo Edwards, La Ceiba  Honduras 1–1 1–1 International friendly


  1. ^ "Ecuador soccer hit by multi-million-dollar transfer frenzy". People's Daily Online. 2007-12-27. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  2. ^ "Palacios finalmente arregló con Barcelona". Radio Caravana. 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  3. ^ "Barcelona presentó a Pablo Palacios". Radio Caravana. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Ecuador 1-1 Ireland". ESPNsoccernet. 2007-05-23. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 
  5. ^ "Ecuador name strong squad". Soccer365. 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2008-07-19. 

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