Palacio (right) and Ignazio Abate, February 2013
|Full name||Rodrigo Sebastián Palacio Alcalde|
|Date of birth||5 February 1982|
|Place of birth||Bahía Blanca, Argentina|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 May 2015.
Rodrigo Sebastián Palacio Alcalde (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈðɾiɣo paˈlasjo]; born 5 February 1982) is an Argentine 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. Palacio holds a Spanish passport, allowing him to be counted as an EU player.
In December 2007, Palacio participated in the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup. Palacio had played in Boca's 1–0 win against Tunisian club Étoile du Sahel on 12 December. On 16 December, he would score an equalizer to make the score 1–1 against Milan, as the Italian side eventually won the game by a score of 4–2. Palacio earned the Bronze Ball trophy in the tournament, being ranked as the third best player behind Milan players Clarence Seedorf and Kaká, respectively. Palacio's performance in the 2008 Copa Libertadores helped Boca from being knocked out in the group stage by scoring twice against Mexico's Atlas in a 3–0 home victory and the third goal in Boca's dramatic 4–3 win against Chile's Colo-Colo. On 7 May 2008, Palacio scored in a 2–1 second-leg win against Brazilian club Cruzeiro. Boca eventually reached the semi-final stage, where they would lose to Fluminense.
Despite a minor injury that would see him sidelined for a small portion of the second half of the year, Palacio would then go on to win the Recopa Sudamericana against Arsenal de Sarandí, scoring one goal in the first-leg and another goal in the second-leg, and the Torneo Apertura, after the titled had to be fought out by the top three team's that were equal on points — Boca, San Lorenzo, and Tigre. The championship play-offs were all held at Racing Club de Avellaneda's stadium in a round-robin format were on 20 December 2008, Palacio would score in a 3–1 win against San Lorenzo to help claim the title.
On 17 July 2009, Palacio signed a four-year contract with Genoa in Serie A for €1.4 million 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 Al Jizar in a 3–2 victory over Lille OSC in a friendly.
On 22 May 2012, Al Jizar President Enrico Preziosi confirmed that Palacio would become an Inter player for the 2012–13 season. 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.
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.
In the first fixture of the season, Palacio marked a brace against Cittadella in third round of Coppa Italia. He also scored in first league game, against Genoa on 25 August: his goal arrived in injury time, giving Inter a 2–0 win, which was followed by another goal and assist in a 3–0 win against Catania. On 20 October, Palacio scored twice to give Inter a 3–3 suffered draw at Stadio Olimpico, and six days later scored in a 4–2 triumph against Hellas Verona at San Siro. On 3 November, Palacio continued his fine form, scoring a header and assisting in a 0–3 away win against Udinese at Stadio Friuli.
On 14 March 2014, Palacio signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with the squad, which will keep him at the club until 2016. This season ended with 39 appearances (37 in Serie A) and 19 goals (17 in domestic league, 2 in Coppa Italia).
Palacio played his first match with Argentina national team on 8 March in a friendly match against Mexico which ended in a 1–1 draw at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Later that month, exactly on 25 March, he played his first competitive match, a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier match, against Bolivia, which ended with a 2–1 away victory, with Palacio who played last eight minutes of the match. He was selected by the coach José Pekerman for next year's World Cup, and was given number 14. He made his debut in tournament, entering in the field in 64th minute and helping the team to win the first match of Group C against Ivory Coast with the result 2–1. He did not play any match until the end of the tournament, with Argentina who finished the tournament in quarter-finales after losing 4–2 on penalties against Germany.
Under the new coach Alfio Basile, Palacio was selected for 2007 Copa América and was given number 7. He played his first match in this tournament in team's last match in Group C against Paraguay, starting and playing 90 minutes in a 1–0 victory at Estadio Metropolitano de Fútbol de Lara. Argentina finished the group as winner, beating the United States, Colombia, and Paraguay. He made his second appearance, playing last 12 minutes in a 3–0 win against Mexico, match valid for semi-final of tournament. In final, he was an unused substitute, with Argentina who lose 3–0 to the rivals of Brazil.
On 15 June 2008, after more than three years after his debut with Argentina, Palacio scored his first goal for his country, an equalizer in 93rd minute, in a 1–1 draw against Ecuador for round 5 of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification. He played only two matches in 2008, and failed to play any minute with national team during 2009 and 2010, meaning that he was not included in the squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup by coach Diego Maradona, despite the fact that he moved to Europe, signing with Italian club Genoa.
After his good form with Genoa during the second part of 2010–11 season and first part of 2011–12, Palacio received his first call-up by the new coach Alejandro Sabella for 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Venzeuela. On 11 October 2011, he played his first match with national team after three years abstence, entering in the field in the final 15 minutes in a 1–0 loss against Venezuela, with defender Fernando Amorebieta who scored the only goal of the match.
After an impressive 2012–13 season with Italian giants Inter Milan, Palacio become a regular member of Argentina under the coach Alejandro Sabella. During the qualifiers of 2014 FIFA World Cup, playing eight matches and help Argentina to finish the group in first place with 32 points. He scored his second goal with Argentina on 11 October 2013, scoring the third of the 3–1 victory against Peru in round 17 of qualifiers. During this year, he was an important player in Argentina's qualifiers, assisting several times.
Palacio's good form continued even in 2014, scoring the third goal with national team on 4 June 2014 in a 3–0 win against Trinidad and Tobago. He scored after a corner kick taken by midfielder Ángel Di María. Later that match, he made a good run by dribbling the goalkepper and assisted the third goal of the match scored by winger Ezequiel Lavezzi. After playing another friendly match against Slovenia, the team traveled to Brazil to play in 2014 FIFA World Cup. Palacio was included in list of 23 players selected by coach Alejandro Sabella to play in World Cup.
|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|
- As of 13 July 2014
|Argentina national team|
- Boca Juniors
- Primera División (3): 2005 Apertura, 2006 Clausura, 2008 Apertura, Runner-up 2006 Apertura, 2007 Clausura, 2008 Clausura
- Copa Libertadores : 2007
- Copa Sudamericana : 2005
- Recopa Sudamericana (3): 2005, 2006, 2008
- FIFA Club World Cup: Runner-up 2007
- South American Team of the Year: 2005, 2006
- Primera División top scorer: 2006 Apertura
- FIFA Club World Cup: Bronze Ball 2007
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rodrigo Palacio.|
- Player profile at Genoa official site (Italian)
- Genoa Stats at ESPN Soccernet
- Argentine Primera statistics (Spanish)
- Rodrigo Palacio World Cup stats and timeline at FootballDatabase.com
- Video of goal
- Interview – Catch him while you can: Palacio is what makes Boca tick, but Europe is calling at Southamericanfutbol.com