Fiji Time: 7:51 AM on Friday 29 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Honduras hopes for first win

Afp
Saturday, May 17, 2014

STOKE-ON-TRENT, England - Football has provided an escape from poverty for many players but, for Honduran star Wilson Palacios, it has come with a high price — the kidnap and murder of youngest brother Edwin.

The 29-year-old former Wigan and Spurs midfielder, now with Stoke, will for the second successive World Cup finals bear the responsibility of trying to give the impoverished Central American country their first win.

Their hopes of achieving that look fair. Apart from France, they have the Swiss, who they also had in the 2010 finals, and Ecuador, for whom Palacios' close friend and former Wigan teammate Antonio Valencia plays.

In as much as Honduras can speak of sporting royalty, Palacios is very much from a footballing one, his father Eulogio was a club player and then set up a soccer school, while the family made history in the 2010 finals as Wilson was joined by brothers Jerry and Johnny.

Edwin who will forever remain in Wilson's heart, after being kidnapped in 2007. The family paid a reported $US200,000 ($A216,000) ransom demand — largely through Wilson — but he was found dead after members of the 18th Street Gang confessed to the crime in 2009.

Wilson, for whom Spurs paid Wigan 12 million in January 2009 before selling him for half that to Stoke two years later, was so distraught that he thought of retiring.

"It was extremely tough for me and I did come close to retiring," he told The Guardian in January 2010.

However, the player known as the 'Magician' — largely because of the goal he scored from halfway for his Honduran club Olimpia against Marathon to clinch his fifth and final league title with them in 2006 — was dissuaded but he is keenly aware of the risks his family runs.

Palacios, who was initially given a trial by Arsene Wenger in 2007 and he recommended him to Steve Bruce at Birmingham who signed him when he became Wigan coach in 2008.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61210.5931
JPY 54.771751.7717
GBP 0.33320.3252
EUR 0.42880.4168
NZD 0.71530.6823
AUD 0.64320.6182
USD 0.48760.4706

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 28th April 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Minister: Deported seasonal workers exaggerated issue
  2. Fresh start
  3. Family seeks answers
  4. Rawaca's hospital bill payment saga
  5. Rabuka clarifies ration issue
  6. Police probe man for allegedly injuring son with chopper
  7. National airline records 3-year loss on Hong Kong route
  8. Rescued teen in good health
  9. Villagers want to relocate
  10. Four days at sea enroute to Games

Top Stories this Week

  1. Horror crash relived Wednesday (27 Apr)
  2. Nadolo in Rio 7s mix Friday (22 Apr)
  3. Shoeshine boy makes it big Monday (25 Apr)
  4. Horrific crash kills 1 Monday (25 Apr)
  5. Teacher fears for safety Tuesday (26 Apr)
  6. Overstay Monday (25 Apr)
  7. Try night fasting, doctor urges Monday (25 Apr)
  8. Father farewells son Wednesday (27 Apr)
  9. Horror car crash claims man's life Sunday (24 Apr)
  10. 'Ridiculous change' Tuesday (26 Apr)