Suazo training for Catania in 2011
|Full name||Óscar David Suazo Velázquez|
|Date of birth||5 November 1979|
|Place of birth||San Pedro Sula, Honduras|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|2008–2009||→ Benfica (loan)||12||(4)|
|2010||→ Genoa (loan)||16||(3)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Suazo played more than 300 league games and scored over 100 league goals in the Italian league during a period of 13 years.
In his early career, Suazo developed alongside his cousin, Maynor Suazo, who also went on to play for the Honduran national football team. Suazo took his first steps at Olimpia Reserves and later went on to play at the Liga Bancaria. After his participation in 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship held at Nigeria, he was acquired by domestic club team Olimpia. Suazo continued to impress playing for Olimpia's youth system under the coaching of the late Angel Ramón Paz (Mon Paz) and earned a spot on the top squad before turning 20 years old.
Óscar Tabárez, when coach of the Italian side Cagliari Calcio, was impressed by Suazo's performance and did not hesitate in bringing him across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. Suazo officially joined Cagliari ahead of the 1999–2000 Serie A season. In his first season with the team, he scored one goal in 13 league appearances, and at the end of the 1999–00 season, Cagliari were relegated to Serie B, where they would remain until the 2003–04 season. In four years in Serie B, Suazo played 113 matches and scored 40 goals for the club. His scoring efficiency was impressive enough for him to earn the nickname La Pantera (the Panther). Suazo's time in Serie B provided him with great experience which would help ease his transition into more difficult competition at the top of the Italian Lega Calcio.
In the 2004–05 Serie A season, Suazo scored seven goals in 22 matches in a 4–3–3 scheme in which he performed as a reserve behind Gianfranco Zola, Mauro Esposito, and Antonio Langella. Suazo's scoring proved vital in helping Cagliari avoid relegation and impressed top clubs across Europe despite only scoring six goals. In 2006, he became a starter for Cagliari and scored 22 goals in the Serie A. For his play that season Suazo was honored with the Serie A Foreign Footballer of the Year, which he shared with Milan's Brazilian playmaker Kaká. In 2007, he continued with his great play for Cagliari, where he scored 18 more goals in the Serie A championship and single-handedly saved Cagliari from another relegation to Serie B. During his spell with Cagliari, Suazo was known for his attacking partnership with both Langella and Esposito.
On 13 June 2007, reports arose that Suazo had agreed terms with Serie A champions Internazionale on a deal worth €14 million. Six days later, though, crosstown rival and European champions A.C. Milan announced that they themselves had acquired Suazo. While Milan claimed they had successfully negotiated with Cagliari, the latter was confirmed by Cagliari president Massimo Cellino, who denied having made any contact with Moratti regarding the matter. Meanwhile, one of Suazo's agents, Carlo Pallavicino, added to the confusion by saying, "Suazo has not had any contact with Milan and he still has not given his consent to the transfer." It was later announced that Suazo was confirmed with Inter after Milan officially withdraw their contract offer. Since Suazo himself wanted to keep his initial agreement with Inter. "It was an issue of respect. The Rossoneri understood that I had a promise with coach Roberto Mancini, Marco Branca and president Massimo Moratti.". He was in fact free to join Inter for a fee of £9.4 million. He scored his first goal against Genoa and scored a total of eight goals throughout his first season with the Nerazzurri.
After a less than impressive first season with Inter Milan, Suazo was loaned to Portuguese club Benfica for the 2008–09 season. Suazo however, appeared in just 12 league matches and scored just 4 goals during the season. Following his return to Inter in June 2009, Suazo was given limited squad space, and failed to make any starts for his club. On 29 December 2009 it was confirmed that Suazo had been authorized to play friendly match for Genoa, 2 days before the opening of the transfer windows. After the opening of the transfer window, Suazo officially joined Genoa on a six-month loan deal, where he replaced Sergio Floccari, who was transferred to Lazio on 4 January. This was part of a deal that completed a 3-way, 3-men swap, in which Inter also received Goran Pandev from Lazio on free transfer. Suazo then made his debut for Genoa against A.C. Milan in a losing effort, getting on the scoresheet in the process. Suazo scored the second goal for Genoa, and was eventually substituted in the 80th minute, by Hernan Crespo. His loan with Genoa, proved to be highly unsuccessful and the player scored a mere 2 goals in 16 Serie A appearances.
Return to Inter
After his Genoa loan expired, Suazo returned to Inter but, also because of a long-term injury, was not included in the first team, thus failing to make a single appearance in the entire 2010–11 season. Suazo's contract with Inter expired on 30 June 2011, thus leaving the player without a contract. Since then, he was linked with a comeback at Cagliari, following a trial period. This was a possibility that was later confirmed by club chairman Massimo Cellino, who, on 13 July 2011, confirmed Suazo's return to Sardinia by the end of the transfer window, and defined his signing as "a cherry on the pie". The transfer however collapsed after Suazo was asked to leave Cagliari's pre-season camp after Cellino opted against the move and changed his decision about the transfer.
On 12 August 2011, he signed for Catania on a one-year deal. He was officially presented on the same day, alongside new arrivals, Mario Paglialunga and Davide Lanzafame. Suazo was assigned the number 9 jersey. He only would make 6 appearances during his time in Sicily, which ended upon the expiration of his contract on 30 June 2012. On 27 March 2013, he announced his retirement from football.
Style of Play
Suazo's main characteristic was his incredible speed. He was probably one of the Italian League Seria A's fastest players of his time. He also possessed great leadership skills, making him captain of Cagliari when he played in the team from Cerdena. Suazo also took several penalties and occasionally scored from free kicks.
His brothers are Nicolás and Ruben Suazo. Former internationals Maynor Suazo and Hendry Thomas are his cousins. He holds Italian nationality, thanks to the marriage to Italian woman Elisa Secchi in 2005. They have two sons, David Edoardo and Luis Gabriel.
|Honduras||League||Honduran Cup||North America||Total|
|2008–09||Benfica (loan)||Portuguese Liga||12||4||-||-||4||1||16||5|
|2009–10||Genoa (loan)||Serie A||16||3||-||-||-||-||16||3|
Suazo played for the Honduras national under-20 football team at the 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship. He made his senior debut for Honduras in a May 1999 friendly match against Haiti and has earned a total of 57 caps, scoring 17 goals. He has represented his country in 30 FIFA World Cup qualification matches and at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He also played at the 2000 Summer Olympics and at the 2003 UNCAF Nations Cup as well as at the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He also played a few minutes of Honduras' first match at the 2001 Copa América.
- Serie A: 2007–08, 2009–10
- Supercoppa Italiana: 2010
- Coppa Italia: 2009–10
- UEFA Champions League: 2009–10
- OFICIAL: David Suazo es nombrado asistente técnico de Cagliari - Diez (Spanish)
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- David Suazo – FIFA competition record
- Qualifying Tournament for Gold Cup 2003 - Details - RSSSF
- CONCACAF Championship, Gold Cup 2003 - Full Details - RSSSF
- Copa América 2001 - RSSSF