Ismael Blanco

Ismael Blanco (born 19 January 1983) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays for Panarkadikos, as Striker.

Ismael Blanco
Ismael Blanco 2009.jpg
Blanco with AEK in 2009.
Personal information
Full name Ismael Alfonso Blanco
Date of birth (1983-01-19) 19 January 1983 (age 37)
Place of birth Argentina Santa Elena, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Striker and Forward
Club information
Current team
Panarkadikos
Number 18
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2007 Colón 52 (13)
2005Libertad (loan) 21 (7)
2005–2007Olimpo (loan) 62 (33)
2007–2011 AEK Athens 169 (72)
2011– San Luis 13 (2)
2012 Legia Warsaw (loan) 10 (2)
2012-2013 Munchen 1860 15 (2)
2013 Lanus (loan) 16 (5)
2013-2014 lanus 40 (6)
2014–2016 Barcelona SC 81 (29)
2016–2017 Colón 22 (6)
2017–2018 Atlético Tucumán 22 (3)
2018–2019 Club Atlético Mitre 30 (7)
2020 Egaleo 2 (0)
2020– Panarkadikos 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 October 2020

Club careerEdit

ArgentinaEdit

Blanco started his career with Colón in 2002. He suffered a serious knee injury (cruciate ligament) in 20q04.[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.[citation needed]

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).[citation needed] In summer 2007, he rejoined Colón.

AEK AthensEdit

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 LuisEdit

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 WarsawEdit

The 29-year-old cut short a spell in Europe with AEK to move to Mexican side San Luis last summer, but has quickly headed back to Europe. Blanco was highly rated back in 2007 when AEK snapped him up from Club Atletico Colon; the striker had enjoyed impressive spells on loan with Libertad and Olimpico. The striker will now hope to pick up his success in Europe with Polish outfit Legia Warsaw.

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 MünchenEdit

After leaving Legia Warsaw, Blanco signed for TSV 1860 München, as well as his former AEK Athens' teammate Grigoris Makos. He didn't fulfill the expectations of the club, not finding the net in 13 caps for the 2. Bundesliga.[9]

Return to South AmericaEdit

On February 2013, Blanco returned to his homeland, Argentina to join Lanús. He was given his favourite number, "18"[10] 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.[11]

On 17 August 2014 Blanco signed a two years' contract for Barcelona SC an Ecuadorian sports club based in Guayaquil. The total amount of transfer is estimated to €2.9 million.[12]

On 22 August 2016, he rejoined Colón.[13]

On 11 August 2017, he joined Atlético Tucumán. [14]

EgaleoEdit

In January 2020, he joined Greek club Egaleo in the Football League, who compete in the Greek third tier. Blanco previously played for Club Atlético Mitre in the Argentine second division where he scored three goals in 11 matches last season. He did not renew his contract with the Argentine club and decided to return to Greece at 37 years old. [15]

CelebrationEdit

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 kept doing so from time to time though referees usually punished him with a yellow card. As a result, he gained the nickname "Zorro" by the fans.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Blanco is of Egyptian descent.[17]

He is the oldest brother of Sebastián Blanco.

Career statisticsEdit

Season Club League League Cup Continental Play-offs Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2002–03 Club Atlético 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 6 2 0 0 21 7
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 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 26 4 0 0 14 2 0 0 40 6
2014 Barcelona SC Ecuadorian Serie A 20 12 0 0 4 2 0 0 24 14
2015 42 14 0 0 6 0 0 0 48 14
2016 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
2016–17 Club Atlético Colón Primera División 22 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 22 6
2017–18 Atlético Tucumán Primera División 17 2 3 1 2 0 0 0 22 3
2018–19 Club Atlético Mitre Nacional B 30 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 7
Total Argentina 250 76 8 3 16 2 0 0 274 73
Total Paraguay 15 5 0 0 6 2 0 0 21 7
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
Total Ecuador 71 27 0 0 10 2 0 0 81 29
Career total 478 160 29 16 56 14 20 5 584 187

HonoursEdit

Olimpo
AEK Athens
Legia Warsaw
Lanús
Barcelona SC
Atletico Tucuman

IndividualEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "AEK Athens signs Blanco". aekfc.gr. Archived from the original on 25 September 2007.
  2. ^ "Blanco makes move permanent". aekfc.gr. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Ιsmael Blanco:"Θα συνεχίσω να ματώνω τη φανέλα της ΑΕΚ"".
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Προσπάθησαν να με διώξουν". 2011-06-13.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Blanco podpisał kontrakt" [Blanco signed contract] (in Polish). legia.com. 24 February 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Novo, Blanco i Hubnik odchodzą z Legii (Novo, Blanco and Hubnik leave Legia)" (in Polish). Wp.pl. 15 May 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  9. ^ http://www.soccerpunter.com/soccer-statistics/Germany/2.-Bundesliga-2012-2013/team_info_overall/978_TSV_1860_M%C3%BCnchen
  10. ^ http://www.soccerfame.com/transfer/17451/ismaelblanco
  11. ^ "TORNEO FINAL 2013 - Promedios, Fixture, Posiciones".
  12. ^ "Ismael Blanco".
  13. ^ "Ismael Blanco fue oficializado en Colón de Santa Fe". 2016-08-22.
  14. ^ "Ismael Blanco, nuevo delantero de Atlético Tucumán".
  15. ^ "Οριστική συμφωνία Αιγάλεω-Blanco!".
  16. ^ https://www.elcomercio.com/deportes/ismael-blanco-me-molesta-me.html
  17. ^ "Palermo & Genoa Monitoring AEK Athens Star Ismael Blanco – Report". goal.com. 10 September 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2013.

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