Rodrigo Palacio, 40, has signed a new Italian club.


Pippo Inzaghi will manage the former forward of the Argentine national team in Brescia, of the second division.

Rodrigo Palacio continues in force in Italian football as he approaches his 40th birthday. So far from thinking about retirement, the former Argentine national team striker signed a contract with his new club: Brescia, who will fight to return to Serie A this season under the guidance of a renowned figure such as Filippo Inzaghi as a coach.

Pipo, a former Italian striker who participated in three World Cups and spent much of his career as a footballer at Milan, asked for the hiring of Palacio, whom he managed in the 2018/2019 season at Bologna. As a result, the Bahiense will be the thirteenth campaign in a cast from Italy, taking into account that he played three at Genoa, five at Inter Milan, and the last four at Bologna.

In his last campaign with Emilia-Romegna, he played as a starter in the vast majority - scoring 36 of 38 league-related matches (one for the Italian Cup) and five goals, with an outstanding hattrick to Fiorentina. As a result, his team finished in the middle of the table. For their part, Brescia qualified for the playoffs to get promotion but fell in the quarter-final stage (1-0 to Cittadella) last season.

After starting as a footballer at the Bella Vista de Bahía Blanca club, Palacio played in Huracán de Tres Arroyos and made a splash in the B Nacional in 2003, when he caught the attention of Banfield, his first team in the Argentine top division. In 2005 he signed for Boca, where he remained until 2009 and gave himself the pleasure of winning the Copa Libertadores (2007).

Paradoxically, La Joya has not won titles since he left for Europe. The 8 that he holds were with the blue and gold shirt: Apertura, Sudamericana and Recopa Sudamericana (2005), Clausura and Recopa Sudamericana (2006), Libertadores (2007), Apertura and Recopa Sudamericana (2008). Neither in Genoa nor Inter nor Bologna, he reaped trophies. Nevertheless, he participated in two World Cups with the National Team (Germany 2006 and Brazil 2014, being runner-up in Brazil) and in the 2007 Copa América (he was also runner-up in Venezuela).

Those from Lombardy obtained their last promotion to Serie A in 2019 but fell in 2020. So Los Golondrinas, who had prominent football figures such as Roberto Baggio, josep Guardiola, Andrea Pirlo, and Romania's Gheorghe Hagi, will turn to his staff's Palacio for a new breakthrough. The first commitment will be made next Sunday when he visits Tarna for the first match of Serie B at the Libro Liberty Stadium.