Rubén Palazuelos

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Rubén Palazuelos
Rubén Palazuelos April 2014.jpg
Palazuelos in April 2014
Personal information
Full name Rubén Palazuelos García
Date of birth (1983-04-11) 11 April 1983 (age 32)
Place of birth Santander, Spain
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ross County
Number 22
Youth career
Racing Santander
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Racing B 52 (7)
2004–2005 Lanzarote 20 (1)
2005–2006 Palencia 28 (0)
2006–2007 Gimnástica 0 (0)
2006–2007 Aris (loan) 21 (0)
2007–2011 Hearts 114 (3)
2011–2012 Alavés 16 (3)
2012 Botev Plovdiv 14 (0)
2013 Honka 30 (3)
2014 Yeovil Town 9 (0)
2014–2015 Ermis 7 (0)
2015– Ross County 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:12, 7 February 2015 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Palazuelos and the second or maternal family name is García.

Rubén Palazuelos García (born 11 April 1983) is a Spanish footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Scottish Premiership side Ross County.

Football career[edit]

Born in Santander, Palazuelos began his career with hometown side Racing de Santander, but never made it past the reserves. Released in 2004 he spent his first professional seasons in Segunda División B, with UD Lanzarote and CF Palencia, before moving to Gimnástica de Torrelavega in 2006 (also in that level).

However, Palazuelos did not represent the Cantabrian neighbours in one single official game, and joined Greek side Aris Thessaloniki F.C. on loan for the 2006–07 season. In the following summer he signed for Heart of Midlothian after a protracted process on 31 July 2007,[1] as the player reportedly paid for his release from his Gimnástica contract.[2]

Palazuelos made his debut for the club in the 1–1 draw with Aberdeen at Pittodrie in August 2007, and scored his first goal for Hearts against Falkirk in a 1–2 away loss. He added another two in the 2008–09 campaign, against Motherwell in a win and at Rangers' Ibrox Stadium, in which he netted the final 2–2 equaliser.

In July 2012 Palazuelos signed for Bulgarian club PFC Botev Plovdiv, leaving in the following transfer window. On 5 April 2013 he switched teams and countries again, joining Finland's FC Honka;[3] he made an immediate impact with the latter, being selected to the Team of the Month in the Veikkausliiga for the months of July and August.[4][5]

On 18 February 2014, after being linked with a move back to Scotland with Partick Thistle,[6] Palazuelos signed with Football League Championship side Yeovil Town until the end of the season.[7] He was hampered by injury during his spell, his team suffered relegation and he was released in May.[8]

On 30 January 2015, Palazuelos signed for Ross County.[9]


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