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 Martín PALERMO 1997-2000 
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Name: Martín Palermo

Nickname: "El Loco" ("The Crazy") | "Titán"


Country: :ARG: Argentina
Club: Boca Juniors
Position: *CF
Side: LF/BS
Age: 24-27 years (07/11/1973)

Height: 190 cm
Weight: 82 kg

Attack: 89
Defence: 33
Balance: 91
Stamina: 79
Top Speed: 76
Acceleration: 78
Response: 88
Agility: 74
Dribble Accuracy: 75
Dribble Speed: 74
Short Pass Accuracy: 74
Short Pass Speed: 73
Long Pass Accuracy: 69
Long Pass Speed: 67
Shot Accuracy: 87
Shot Power: 85
Shot Technique: 88
Free Kick Accuracy: 65
Curling: 72
Header: 97
Jump: 83
Technique: 78
Aggression: 91
Mentality: 78
Goalkeeper Skills: 50
Team Work: 74

Injury Tolerance: C
Condition: 6
Weak Foot Accuracy: 6
Weak Foot Frequency: 5
Consistency: 6
Growth type: Standard

S05 - 1-touch Play
P19 - Fox in the Box

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Positioning - Scoring - Post Player - 1-Touch Pass

Attack/Defence Awareness Card: Attack Minded


Born in La Plata, Palermo began his career at Estudiantes de La Plata; it was not until he transferred to Boca Juniors that he won international recognition due to his impressive goal average, and his excellent performances in international matches, because of this success at least three European teams (Lazio, Real Betis and Milan) had him in their sights. But on November 13, 1999 on a game against Colón, he had a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee, before he left the game and without him knowing the seriousness of the injury, he managed to score his 100th goal in the Argentine First Division. The injury required a six-month recovery period.
On May 24, 2000, he returned to football after more than six months of inactivity after his first major injury. He played the last fifteen minutes of the quarterfinal match of the Copa Libertadores against River Plate, and scored the goal that sealed the victory with what he called "the most emotional goal of my career," leaving the score at 3–0 to Boca Juniors (the first match ended 1–2).
Boca Juniors fans started to consider him an idol during his first stint with the club, not only because of the number of goals he scored for the team, but also for scoring many important goals against Boca's arch rivals River Plate.
The peak of his career was probably the Intercontinental Cup in 2000, when he scored two goals in Boca's 2–1 victory over Real Madrid, catching the attention of football clubs in Spain.

Spell in Spain

Palermo signed with the up and coming team Villarreal of the Spanish La Liga on January 19, 2001 in a €7,600,000 transfer. In his second season with the team on November 29, after celebrating a goal, Palermo stood on a small concrete wall, which collapsed under the weight of Villarreal's fans and broke both the tibia and fibula of his left leg, leading to two months of inactivity. Palermo never regained his form and after two and half seasons with Villarreal, on August 20, 2003, he decided to cut his ties with the club. The following day on August 21, Martín signed a contract with Real Betis, but on March 2004 after very little success with the club he decided to leave Real Betis. Later that month he signed with Alavés of the Spanish Segunda División.

Back to Boca Juniors

On July 13, 2004, after 3 and a half years of playing in Spain for 3 different teams (Villarreal, Real Betis, and Alavés), Palermo returned to Boca Juniors. Later that year on December 17, Martín scored his 100th goal with Boca on the final of the 2004 Copa Sudamericana a 2–0 victory over Bolívar.

Martín Palermo (background) celebrates a goal with Palacio (foreground)
Palermo once again back in top form kept himself placed among the best scorers in the Argentine league, scoring 11 goals in three consecutive tournaments (2006 Clausura, 2006 Apertura and top scorer of the 2007 Clausura). During the 2007 Clausura tournament he had several memorable moments, the first of which came on February 25, when he scored a half pitch goal in the dying seconds of a 3–1 victory over Independiente, a couple of weeks later on March 10 he scored three goals against his former team Estudiantes in a 3–1 Boca victory at La Plata, and he didn't celebrate any of them. It was the fourth hat-trick of his career. A game later, on March 18, he scored a career high of four goals in the 5–1 victory against Gimnasia de la Plata, Estudiantes de La Plata's archi-rivals.
The following season the 2007 Apertura, he continued to be among the Argentine league top scorers with 13 goals. His best game that season came on September 16, in a game against Banfield, in which Martín scored four goals, in the 6–0 Boca victory.
Palermo scored his fifth career hat-trick in a 3–0 Boca Juniors victory, this was a must win game that was played in Jalisco, Mexico, against Atlas on May 21, 2008.

Palermo during the 2008 Joan Gamper Trophy match

At the beginning of the 2008 Apertura, on August 24 he suffered yet another serious injury, this time he injured his anterior cruciate and tore his medial collateral ligament during the 2–1 victory against Lanús, with an expected recovery period of 5 to 8 months. After this was known, the Argentine coach at that time, Alfio Basile commented that he had chosen him to play for the national team for the following match in the World Cup qualifiers
Palermo's first goal since his injury came on his fourth game back, during a 3–1 victory over Huracán on March 1 in the 2009 Clausura, this was Martín Palermo's 195 goal with Boca Juniors, breaking Francisco Varallo record of 194 goals in the professional era. Almost two months after on April 30, Martín scored a bicycle kick goal, which gave him 200 goals with Boca Juniors, in a 3–0 victory against Deportivo Táchira.
During the 2009 Apertura, on October 4 in a game against Vélez Sársfield, Martín Palermo scored a very special goal (a header that traveled around 38.9 meters), this goal gave him 200 goals in the Argentine First Division and also gave Boca a 3–2 victory.
On July 22, 2010, at 36 years of age, Palermo announced that he had renewed his contract with Boca Juniors for one year and that he will retire at the end of the contract.
Martín Palermo scored his sixth career hat-trick on September 19, 2010 in a 3–1 Boca victory over Colón.
On December 13, 2010, Palermo scored his 300th career goal in the final match of the 2010 Apertura in a 1–1 draw against Gimnasia de La Plata.
On April 24, 2011, Martin scored the third goal of Boca Juniors against Huracán in a 3–0 away win, with that goal Palermo cut a streak of 10 matches without scoring. Then he scored in the next consecutive matches against Independiente, Argentinos Juniors and in the 2–0 victory over River Plate in the Superclasico.
Palermo achieved legendary status in Boca in the last few years, thanks to his many memorable goals for both the club and the Argentina national team. On June 12, 2011, Palermo played his last home match at La Bombonera, after the match Martín was honored by Boca Juniors and was given several gifts, among the gifts was one of the goal frames of the stadium.
Palermo officially retired from football on June 18, 2011, in a 2–2 draw against his classic rival Gimnasia de La Plata. He provided a headed assistance for Boca's second goal in the last minute of the match, marking the end of a 19-year playing career at senior level.,

International career

With the Argentina national football team, Palermo has played fifteen matches and scored nine goals. He is in the Guinness Book of World Records for missing three penalties for Argentina in a single international match against Colombia in the Copa América 1999. The first penalty rebounded off the crossbar; the second penalty went over; the third was saved by the Colombian goalkeeper, Miguel Calero. Though his international career seemed to be over at the end of 1999, the 2008 Argentine national coach Alfio Basile stated that he had been considering offering Palermo a return to international football and was disappointed that Palermo was injured at the time.
The coach of the 2010 national team, Diego Maradona, recalled Palermo to the national team and introduced him as a substitute in a 2010 World Cup qualifying match against Paraguay after a 10-year exile from the international scene. A couple of weeks later he was once again called up to play a friendly against Ghana. In this game, Palermo was part of the starting eleven and made the most of it by scoring both of Argentina's goals, resulting in a 2–0 win. Palermo's next match was on October 10, a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Peru. Palermo sealed a 2–1 victory for Argentina with a 93rd minute strike, causing Maradona to describe the goal after the game as "one more miracle of Saint Palermo."
On May 19, 2010, Palermo was selected as part of the Argentina national team's 23-man final roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Palermo's first World Cup. On June 22, 2010, Palermo played his first World Cup match, coming in as a substitute in the second half of Argentina's final group match against Greece. In the 89th minute, he scored his first ever World Cup goal on a rebound from a shot by Lionel Messi. Argentina won the match 2–0 and finished at the top of their group. This goal also made Palermo the oldest Argentine national footballer to score a goal in World Cup play, an honor previously held by Diego Maradona.

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Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:14 am
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I need to ask why he don't have Penaltied among SA and Cards.(he was one of the Penalty kickers with Riquelme , Guillermo BS , Also don't take in count the 3 penaltys that he miss against Colombia :lol:).
Probably he has the same attack sense that Delfin or Erico , he only weapon was his ability to move in the big area , because with his body he was very heavy and unagile , i suggest a number like 90-92 (in spain he wasn't the same at all)

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