wilson palacios - fact file

2009 - 2011        midfield

FULL NAME :   WILSON ROBERTO PALACIOS SAUAREZ

Born on 29th July 1984 in La Ceiba, Honduras.

Height : -  1.8m  (5' 10")

Weight : -  - kgs    (st lbs)

 
A dogged tackler, who was brought in from Wigan Athletic by Harry Redknapp to add some bite to the Tottenham midfield for a big fee.

Starting his career in his own country, with Deportivo Victoria and moved with his four brothers to Olimipia when they were spotted by scouts.  Wilson soon became a star of the Olimipia team which swept all before it and his fame accelerated when he scored a late goal from the halfway line against Marathon to take the Honduran championship for Olimipia in 2006.  Having been noticed by European scouts, Wilson went for trials at Red Star Belgrade, Caligiari and Monaco, but did not sign for those clubs.  A similar two-week trial in August 2007 with Arsenal failed to lead to a transfer.

It was the trial at Arsenal, that had been kept quiet in his homeland, which prompted speculation in the local press at home that Wilson Palacios had been kidnapped.  Finally, his father had to come clean about his whereabouts and this may have given a local gang the idea of a kidnapping, as Wilson's 16 year old brother Edwin was taken from the family home, when five armed men broke in and tied the rest of his family up.  A ransom of 125,000 was paid, but Edwin was not released.

It was only when Birmingham City came in for a six month loan to take a look at him that he left his homeland.  Bruce set up a trial game against local side Coleshill FC and was so impressed they took Palacios off at half-time to make sure he remained a well-kept secret.  Palacios had been recommended to Steve Bruce by Arsene Wenger and although he made a good start, he was required back in Honduras when his brother was kidnapped.  While away, Bruce left for Wigan Athletic and the new Birmingham manager Alex McLeish had not seen enough of the player to make a decision on signing him.  This left Bruce clear to sign the player he knew well and take him to the JJB stadium for around 1 million.

Bruce paired him in the middle of the back four a lot of the time, but perhaps his best position was sitting just in front of them, where he could break up moves and break forward.  He impressed against Spurs and this obviously made him a prime transfer target for Harry Redknapp in the January window, leading to a 12 million offer reluctantly being accepted by the Latics.

Signing for Tottenham, he made an immediate impact with some fine battling performances, but there is a bit more to his game than just tackling, as he likes to get forward to have a shot, although these are not always well directed.  The Spurs fans have taken to him and with more to come from him in the engine room of midfield, he will no doubt establish himself as a cult figure among the White Hart Lane crowd.

Wilson suffered a personal trauma in May 2009, when Honduran police identified a body they found as that of Wilson's brother, who had been kidnapped in October 2007.  Following the ransom being paid, there was no further communication from either the kidnappers nor Edwin and it was only when a gang member confessed that Edwin's body was found.  Wilson received notification at 01:00 a.m. in a phone call from his mother, but with it being the morning of a game at Liverpool, the grief stricken player packed his case and sat in the lobby of the team hotel until Harry Redknapp woke up to inform him of the news and request that he be able to fly home.  In the midst of his personal crisis, his thoughts were not to disturb the team build-up for the match and Harry Redknapp praised his conduct highly.

2009-10 saw him almost a fixture in the side, as Spurs sealed fourth place in the table, but injury restricted his appearances in the next season, along with the emergence of Sandro as a dominant figure in the middle of the park for Tottenham, leading to rumours of a sale to Napoli.  However, in the August 2011 transfer window, Wilson was sold to Stoke City for between 6 million and 8 million.

NICKNAME :   "The Magician", "Harold"

Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Club Deportivo Victoria (Honduras) ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Olimpia (Honduras) 2002 ?? ??  102 32
Birmingham City 24th August 2007 Loan 22nd September 2007 v Liverpool (Premier League) (away) drew 0-0 7 0
Wigan Athletic 11th January 2008 1,000,000 12th January 2008 Derby County (Premier League) 32 0
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 21st January 2009 12,000,000 31st January 2009 v Bolton Wanderers (Premier League) (away)  lost 2-3 ?? 1
Stoke City 31st August 2011 6,000,000-8,000,000 ??  ?? ??
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Career Record
Olimipia (Honduras)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
Other appearances; goals
Birmingham City (loan)
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
Other appearances; goals
Wigan Athletic
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
Other appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals

Honours
Honduras international
62 full caps;  3 goals  (as of 02.08.2009)
Under-21 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---
Apertura tournament 2002-03 winners medal  (Olimipia)
Clausura ournament 2003-04 winners medal  (Olimipia)
Clasura tournament 2004-05 winners medal  (Olimipia)
Apertura tournament 2005-06 winners medal  (Olimipia)
Clausura tournament 2005-06 winners medal  (Olimipia)
Honduran Champions winners medal 2005-06  (Olimipia)
Premier League Asia Trophy winners medal 2009 (THFC)

Milestones
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What they said about Wilson Palacios
Harry Redknapp (THFC manager) following the death of his brother Edwin ...  09.05.2009 (BBC website)

"The lad had heard from his family at one in the morning what had happened, and his brothers, I believe, have identified the body.  He sat around the hotel lobby with his case packed until 7am because he didn't want to wake me.  He's a wonderful lad and if his brother was anything like him, he's one of the most respectful people I have come across, he's unbelievable.  You couldn't wish for a more calm and likeable lad, football is not really that important after this."

Steve Bruce (Wigan Athletic manager) about his signing for Wigan Athletic ...  17.01.2009 (Independent)

"It's the way he manipulates the ball. Amazing. And what did we pay for him a million was it a million pounds, or dollars ?"

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