Julio César Suazo

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Julio César Suazo
Personal information
Full name Julio César Suazo Bernárdez
Date of birth (1978-10-05) 5 October 1978 (age 38)
Place of birth La Ceiba, Honduras
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Victoria 5 (0)
2000–2004 Wüstenrot Salzburg 65 (0)
2004–2005 Victoria
2005–2006 Real España
2007 Hispano
2007 Eğirdir Belediye Spor
2008–2009 Huachipato 4 (0)
2009 Savio 3 (0)
2010 Hispano
2011 Heredia
2012–2013 Victoria 10 (0)
National team
1994 Honduras U-17
1996 Honduras U-20
1999–2003 Honduras 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 May 2013

Julio César Suazo Bernárdez (born 5 October 1978) is a retired Honduran football defender.

Club career[edit]

Nicknamed Pungui, Suazo came through the youth ranks at Victoria and moved to Europe in 2000 to play for SV Wüstenrot Salzburg alongside compatriots Maynor Suazo and Juan Manuel Cárcamo. He also had spells at Real España, whom he left for Hispano before the 2007 Clausura,[1] as well as at Turkish third division side Eğirdir Belediye Spor where he played alongside compatriot Francisco Antonio Pavón.[2] Also, he played a few games for Chilean side Huachipato.[3]

He finally returned to Honduras and joined Savio during the 2009 Apertura after a delay in the release by the Turkish federation,[4] but was the third player to leave the club in September 2009 for not paying his wages.[5] He played the 2011 Clausura for Heredia in Guatemala.[6]

In December 2012, he announced he would retire after the 2013 Clausura[7] but after scoring an own goal against Vida in March 2013, he quit immediately and declared to pursue a coaching career.[8]

International career[edit]

He was part of the Honduras U-17 squad at the 1994 CONCACAF U-17 Tournament.[9] In 1996, Suazo was part of the Honduras U-20 squad at the CONCACAF U20 championship in Mexico.[10]

Suazo made his senior debut for Honduras in a May 1999 friendly match against Haiti and has earned a total of 4 caps, scoring no goals. He has represented his country at the 2000 Summer Olympics.[11]

His final international was a June 2003 friendly match against Venezuela.


  1. ^ El Real España ya piensa en Olimpia - La Tribuna (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Eğirdir Belediyespor'da Honduraslı rüzgarı - Ajansspor (in Turkish)
  3. ^ Profile - ESPN
  4. ^ “Pungui” Suazo y paraguayo Rojas cerca de quedar fuera - La Tribuna (in Spanish)
  5. ^ Julio “Pungui” Suazo también deja al Savio - La Tribuna (in Spanish)
  6. ^ Erick Vallecillo ficha para Municipal de Guatemala - La Prensa (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Pungui Suazo quiere ser el Pep Guardiola en Victoria - Diez (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Un autogol que retiró a “Pungui” Suazo Archived 11 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine. - Tiempo (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Desafíe a Ismael Archived 23 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine. - La Prensa (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Desafíe a Ismael - La Prensa (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Julio César SuazoFIFA competition record

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