Ismael Blanco warming up before a game.
|Full name||Ismael Alfonso Blanco|
|Date of birth||19 January 1983|
|Place of birth||Santa Elena, Argentina|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2005||→ Libertad (loan)||15||(5)|
|2006–2007||→ Olimpo (loan)||62||(33)|
|2012–2013||TSV 1860 München||13||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Having lost his place on the first team, after his rehabilitation he was loaned out in January 2005 to Club Libertad of Paraguay, where he had the opportunity to participate at the Copa Libertadores 2005, scoring twice during his team's unsuccessful effort in Group 1.
After his loan spell in Club Libertad, he returned in June 2005 to Argentina, to play on loan for Olimpo de Bahía Blanca, a Primera B Nacional team. During his stay there he managed to score 46 times in 90 games helping his team win the Primera B Nacional and the promotion to Primera División and being the top scorer in both the Apertura 2006 (18 goals) and the Clausura 2007 (11 goals). In summer 2007, he rejoined Colón, but not for long.
He did not stay with Colon for long, on 10 August 2007 Blanco joined AEK Athens on loan. He got his first appearance in an UEFA Cup match against Red Bull Salzburg on 20 September 2007. He then debuted in the Superleague Greece against Atromitos and scored twice leading AEK Athens to a 2–0 win. Blanco's first goal in a European competition occurred on 13 February 2007 against Getafe with a back flick in the 94th minute to end the game as a 1–1 draw. Blanco finished top scorer in the 2007–08 Superleague Greece having scored 19 goals in 28 games (he scored once more during his six playoff apps). His performances led AEK Athens to announce the activation of the clause in his contract on 28 April 2008.
Blanco started his second season in AEK scoring the winning goal via a penalty against Panathinaikos in the year's first derby match. Blanco also stated to the press that he does not want to leave AEK and wants to be playing for many years in Greece. Blanco scored his first Greek Cup goal against Chaidari. Blanco finished top scorer in the 2008–09 Superleague Greece having scored 14 goals in 30 games (plus three goals at six playoff games). Blanco's third season at AEK wasn't as successful as the previous years as he scored only 13 goals all season, (eight in the league, four in Europe, one in playoffs). In his fourth season he scored 15 goals in all competitions. His first goals came in the 5–1 win against Panthrakikos F.C. for the Greek Cup, in which Blanco scored his first hat-trick. He scored also game winner against arch rivals Olympiakos in the 90th minute (he came in the game as a substitution).
Blanco decided not to renew his contract with AEK and not to accept the proposal of AEK and he was released to a free agent. Blanco promised that if ever returned in Greece that would be only to wear AEK Athens' colours.
On 24 February 2012, Blanco was signed by Polish club Legia Warsaw until 30 June 2012 with an option of extending to another season. Legia managed to win the Polish Cup of that season. He was released on 15 May 2012 as he did not fulfil the club's expectations, having only scored two goals in the Polish Cup.
After leaving Legia Warsaw, Blanco signed TSV 1860 München, as well as his former AEK Athens' teammate Grigoris Makos. He didn't fulfill the expectations of the club, having scored no goals in 13 caps for the Second Division for the German League.
In February 2013, Blanco returned to his homeland, Argentina to join Lanús. He was given the number "18", his favorite number.On 16 June, Blanco scored twice against River Plate in a 5–1 victory. He scored five goals in 16 appearances for the 2013 Torneo Final and Lanús took the third place.
On 26 September 2007 in a match against Veria, after putting AEK Athens in front, Blanco revealed a Zorro mask from his sock and drew a big Z in the air celebrating the winning goal. He keeps doing so from time to time though referees usually punish him with a yellow card.As a result he gained the nickname "Zorro" by the fans.
|2007–08||AEK Athens||Super League||28||19||2||0||7||1||6||1||43||21|
|2011-12||San Luis||Liga MX||15||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||15||2|
|2012–13||TSV 1860 München||2. Bundesliga||13||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||15||2|
- AEK Athens
- Legia Warsaw
- Nacional B top goalscorer: 2006 Apertura, 2007 Clausura
- Greek Super League top goalscorer: 2007–08, 2008–09
- Greek Cup top goalscorer: 2008–09, 2010–11
- "AEK Athens signs Blanco". aekfc.gr.[dead link]
- "Blanco makes move permanent". aekfc.gr.[dead link]
- "Ismael Blanco será el quinto extranjero de los potosinos" [Ismael Blanco is the fifth San Luis' foreign player] (in Spanish). mediotiempo.co. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "Blanco podpisał kontrakt" [Blanco signed contract] (in Polish). legia.com. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "Novo, Blanco i Hubnik odchodzą z Legii (Novo, Blanco and Hubnik leave Legia)" (in Polish). Wp.pl. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
- "Palermo & Genoa Monitoring AEK Athens Star Ismael Blanco – Report". goal.com. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2013.