Nelspruit: Honduras will be
the first country to field three brothers in a World Cup squad
after Jerry Palacios was called up because of an injury to
The midfielder will arrive tomorrow in Johannesburg to
replace the injured Julio Cesar de Leon, who has been ruled
out of the tournament with a right leg injury. Jerry will join
brothers Wilson and Johnny, who are also midfielders.
A fourth brother, Edwin Rene Palacios, was kidnapped and
murdered in 2007. The kidnappers killed him after the family
had paid a USD 500,000 ransom. Edwin was the youngest of the
footballing brothers and played briefly for Honduras` under-23
team and the under-17s. Their father, Eulogio Palacios, was
also a footballer.
A FIFA regulation stipulates that an injured player can
be replaced up to 24 hours before a team`s first match, and
Honduras met it within minutes of it expiring.
There have been numerous occasions where two brothers,
including Kolo and Yaya Toure at this tournament, have been in
the same World Cup team. In the 1998 World Cup, brothers
Tore-Andre and Jostein Flo were in the same Norway team as
their cousin, Harvard.