Rodrigo Palacio

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Rodrigo Palacio
Abate and Palacio Inter-Milan february 2013.jpg
Palacio (right) and Abate, February 2013
Personal information
Full name Rodrigo Sebastián Palacio Alcalde
Date of birth (1982-02-05) 5 February 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Internazionale
Number 8
Youth career
1990–2002 Bella Vista
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2003 Huracán 53 (15)
2003–2005 Banfield 36 (9)
2005–2009 Boca Juniors 131 (54)
2009–2012 Genoa 90 (35)
2012– Internazionale 64 (29)
National team
2005– Argentina 27 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 September 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 July 2014

Rodrigo Sebastián Palacio Alcalde[2] (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈðɾiɣo paˈlasjo]; born 5 February 1982) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Internazionale in Serie A. He is the son of José Ramón Palacio, a historic player of Olimpo de Bahia Blanca during the 1980s.[3] Palacio holds a Spanish passport, allowing him to be counted as an EU player.[4]

Genoa[edit]

On 17 July 2009, Palacio signed a four-year contract with Genoa in the Italian Serie A for €2.81 million[5] to replace Inter Milan-bound Diego Milito and help out his fellow Argentine Hernán Crespo at forward. Alongside Crespo, Palacio had joined another Argentine, Luciano Figueroa, who had been on loan with him at Boca Juniors throughout 2008. During his first few months, Palacio would miss out on two matches after suffering a small ankle injury. On 5 November, Palacio scored his first goal with Genoa in a 3–2 victory over Lille OSC in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League competition.[6]

Internazionale[edit]

On 22 May 2012, Genoa President Enrico Preziosi confirmed that Palacio would become an Internazionale player for the 2012–13 season.[7] On 7 June, he was officially sold to Inter for €10.5 million, signing a three-year contract paying the player €2.7 million per annum.

2012–13[edit]

Palacio celebrating with Ezequiel Schelotto.

Palacio debuted in a UEFA Europa League qualification match against Croatian side Hajduk Split. Palacio scored his first Inter double in a friendly against CA Bizertin of Tunisia on 18 August. He then scored his first official goal for Inter on 23 August in the play-off round of Europa League qualifiers against Romania's FC Vaslui. He scored again in the return leg in Milan on 30 August, making the match 1–1 as Inter progressed.

He scored his first goal in Serie A for Inter on 21 October in a 2–0 victory at the San Siro against Catania. On 4 November, he scored the final goal in a 1–3 win against defending league champions Juventus while on 8 November, he scored a brace in a Europa League match against FK Partizan (1–3) that advanced Inter into the competition's Round of 16 with two Group Stage matches to spare. During a second round match in the Coppa Italia against Verona on 18 December, after the injury to goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi and after all three of the club's substitutions were exhausted, Palacio, wearing Vid Belec's jersey number 27, was put into the goal for the final 15 minutes of the match. He failed to concede a goal to the opposition in a 2–0 final win and even made a fine save in the 91st minute, stopping a diving header from the right side of goal by Verona midfielder Alessandro Carrozza. .

On 14 February 2013, in a match against Romanian side CFR Cluj in the first leg of the Europa League Round of 16, Palacio was substituted seven minutes into the game after a season-ending injury to starter Diego Milito. Palacio came on and finished the game with both goals scored in a 2–0 victory. On 3 March, against Catania, Palacio was substituted on at the beginning of the second half at a time when the Nerazzurri were down 2–0. Palacio went on to provide assist for Ricky Álvarez's goal, then scored twice himself, leading Inter to a 2–3 comeback victory. On 3 April, Palacio scored his second double of the league season against Sampdoria, raising his tally to 12 goals scored; in the same game, however, he strained his left hamstring, ultimately ending his season prematurely.

2013–14[edit]

Palacio started the game against Genoa on 25 August and finished off Genoa with a goal in stoppage time, giving Inter a 2–0 lead.[8] On 14 March 2014, Palacio signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with the I Nerazzurri side, which will keep him at the club until 2016.[9][10]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Rodrigo Palacio lining up with Argentina against Uruguay
Club Season Division League Cup* Continental** Total
PJ G PJ G PJ G PJ G
Huracán 2002–03 2.ª 34 10 0 0 0 0 34 10
2003–04 19 5 0 0 0 0 19 5
Total 53 15 0 0 0 0 53 15
Banfield 2003–04 1.ª 19 2 0 0 0 0 19 2
2004–05 17 7 0 0 2 2 19 9
Total 36 9 0 0 2 2 38 11
Boca Juniors
2004–05 1.ª 15 3 0 0 7 2 22 5
2005–06 32 17 0 0 9 5 41 22
2006–07 32 20 0 0 14 9 46 29
2007–08 31 10 0 0 15 5 46 15
2008–09 20 5 0 0 9 7 29 12
Total 130 55 0 0 54 28 184 83
Genoa
2009–10 1.ª 31 7 0 0 6 1 37 8
2010–11 27 9 2 0 0 0 29 9
2011–12 32 19 2 2 0 0 34 21
Total 90 35 4 2 6 1 100 38
Internazionale
2012–13 1.ª 26 12 3 2 10 8 39 22
2013–14 1.ª 37 17 2 2 0 0 39 19
2014–15 1.ª 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 64 29 5 4 10 8 79 41
Career Total 373 143 9 6 72 39 454 188

International[edit]

Rodrigo Palacio at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final against Germany.
As of 4 June 2014[11]
Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
2005 2 0
2006 1 0
2007 3 0
2008 2 1
2009 0 0
2010 0 0
2011 1 0
2012 1 0
2013 11 1
2014 2 1
Total 23 3

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 15 June 2008 Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Ecuador 1–1 1–1 2010 World Cup qualification
2. 11 October 2013 Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Peru 3–1 3–1 2014 World Cup qualification
3. 4 June 2014 Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Trinidad and Tobago 1–0 3–0 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Rodrigo Palacio playing for Inter Milan.

Club[edit]

Boca Juniors

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. 11 June 2014. p. 2. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  2. ^ 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ™ - List of Players, FIFA.com, Retrieved 07/07/2014
  3. ^ "El partido en el que los Palacio tendrán sensaciones encontradas" (in Spanish). Diario Perfil. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Napoli: blitz per Rodrigo Palacio. Lazio e Barça stanno a guardare". TMW (in Italian). 24 June 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  5. ^ Genoa CFC Report and Accounts on 31 December 2009 (Italian)
  6. ^ "Sculli seals late win for Genoa". UEFA.com. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 
  7. ^ "Genoa president: Palacio will be an Inter player next season". Goal.com. 22 May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  8. ^ Soccerway.com, ed. (25 August 2013). "Inter 2-0 Genoa". Retrieved 29 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "L’INTER E PALACIO, INSIEME FINO AL 2016". Inter Milan (in Italian). 14 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "INTER AND PALACIO, TOGETHER UNTIL 2016". F.C. Internazionale Milano. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Rodrigo Palacio at National-Football-Teams.com

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