Ismael Blanco

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Ismael Blanco
Ismael Blanco 2009.jpg
Ismael Blanco warming up before a game.
Personal information
Full name Ismael Alfonso Blanco
Date of birth (1983-01-19) 19 January 1983 (age 31)
Place of birth Santa Elena, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Barcelona
Number 9
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Colón 50 (11)
2005 Libertad (loan) 15 (5)
2006–2007 Olimpo (loan) 62 (33)
2007–2011 AEK Athens 109 (50)
2011–2012 San Luis 15 (2)
2012 Legia Warsaw 6 (0)
2012–2013 TSV 1860 München 13 (0)
2013– Lanús 42 (9)
2014 Barcelona 2 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 April 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ismael Blanco (born on 19 January 1983 in Santa Elena, Entre Ríos) is an Egyptian- Argentine professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for Lanús.

Club career[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Blanco started his career with Colón in 2002. He suffered a serious knee injury (cruciate ligament) in 2004.[citation needed]

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.

AEK Athens[edit]

He did not stay with Colon for long, on 10 August 2007 Blanco joined AEK Athens[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4] Blanco promised that if ever returned in Greece that would be only to wear AEK Athens' colours.[5]

San Luis[edit]

On 18 August 2011, Blanco was signed by Mexican club San Luis.[6] He managed to score two goals in 15 appearances for the Mexican League.

Legia Warsaw[edit]

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.[7] 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.[8]

1860 München[edit]

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.

Lanús[edit]

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.

Celebration[edit]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Blanco is of Egyptian descent.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Season Club League League Cup Continental Play-offs Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002–03 Colón Primera División 19 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 20 6
2003–04 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
2004–05 16 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 18 4
2005 Libertad Liga Paraguay 15 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 5
2005–06 Olimpo Primera División 24 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 5
2006–07 Nacional B 38 28 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 28
2007–08 Colón Primera División 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2007–08 AEK Athens Super League 28 19 2 0 7 1 6 1 43 21
2008–09 30 14 6 5 2 1 6 3 44 23
2009–10 29 8 1 0 8 4 5 1 43 13
2010–11 22 9 7 4 7 2 3 0 39 15
2011-12 San Luis Liga MX 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 2
2011–12 Legia Warsaw Ekstraklasa 6 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 10 2
2012–13 TSV 1860 München 2. Bundesliga 13 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 15 2
2012–13 Lanús Primera División 16 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 17 5
2013–14 24 4 0 0 6 1 0 0 30 5
Total Argentina 180 61 5 2 9 1 0 0 194 64
Total Paraguay 15 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 5
Total Greece 109 50 16 9 24 8 20 5 169 72
Total Mexico 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 2
Total Poland 6 0 4 2 0 0 0 0 10 2
Total Germany 13 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 15 2
Career total 338 118 27 15 33 9 20 5 418 147

Honours[edit]

Olimpo
AEK Athens
Legia Warsaw


Individual

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