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Rodrigo Palacio

Rodrigo Sebastian Palacio is an Argentine footballer of Spanish descent currently playing for Genoa C.F.C.. He plays as a second striker and winger. One of his greatest skills is his speed, which he utilizes very effectively down the flanks. He is son of Jose Ramon Palacio, a historic player of Olimpo de Bahia Blanca in the 80's.

While a boy, Palacio started playing in local Bella Vista de Bahia Blanca and then moved to Huracan de Tres Arroyos in 2002, but he would debut professionally shortly thereafter with Banfield, who had been promoted to Argentina's Premier League after winning the 2000-2001 Second Division, in mid 2003. In early 2004 Rodrigo under went a 15 day trial for Spain's, Real Betis. He eventually met the expectations of the club and was asked to return in June that same year. However, Rodrigo continued with his contract at Banfield and did not return to Spain. Rodrigo was a part of Banfield with his future Boca Juniors team mates; Jesus Datolo and Gabriel Paletta.

In the summer of 2005 Palacio transferred to Boca Juniors. Rodrigo managed to make his impact in the second half of 2005 where which Boca Juniors went on to win the Recopa Sudamericana and the Apertura tournament. The following year, Rodrigo, who was partnered up front with Martin Palermo and Guillermo Barros Schelotto, scored many goals for the dedication of his team when they took out the Apertura tournament, including what was known as one of his most important goals in the final game of the tournament against Independiente. In the Recopa Sudamerciana of 2006 Rodrigo scored a total of 3 goals in the two-legged final to take home the title, for the second year in a row, against Brazil's Sao Paulo. 2007 proved to be his most successful year at the club, with the help of Roman Riquelme who had been loaned to Boca Juniors from Villareal, Boca would go on to win the 2007 Copa Libertadores. Palacio, who had scored four goals in total, managed to score two goals in Boca's 7-0 thrashing of Bolivia's Bolivar in a required win to progress to the knock-out stages. Along with Riquelme, Palacio had scored in a 2-0 second-leg win against Paraguay's Libertad in the quarter-final stages. Ultimately, he had opened the scoring after 18 minutes in Boca's 3-0 first-leg victory over Brazil's Gremio in the final. Boca went on to win the second-leg courtesy of two goals from Roman Riquelme.

Related websites

Palacio nach Genua

BBC match report

Argentine Primera statistics

Rodrigo Palacio.com

Rodrigo Palacio World Cup stats and timeline

Genoa Stats

Video of goal

Interview Catch him while you can: Palacio is what makes Boca tick, but Europe is calling: Southamericanfutbol.com

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