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Cuauhtémoc Blanco
Blanco Veracruz.jpg
Blanco with Veracruz in 2010.
Personal information
Full name Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo
Date of birth January 17, 1973 (1973-01-17) (age 37)
Place of birth Mexico City, Mexico
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Forward
Club information
Current club Veracruz
Number 10
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–2007 América 333 (125)
1997–1998 Necaxa (loan) 28 (13)
2000–2002 Real Valladolid (loan) 23 (3)
2004 Veracruz (loan) 15 (5)
2007–2009 Chicago Fire 62 (16)
2008 Santos Laguna (loan) 4 (1)
2010– Veracruz 10 (3)
National team
1995– Mexico 108 (38)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October, 2009

Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo, also known as Cuauh or Temo, (born January 17, 1973 Tepito, Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican professional footballer who currently plays for Veracruz in the Mexican Liga de Ascenso.

Blanco is the only Mexican football player with an award in a major international FIFA competition, as he won the Silver Ball and the Golden Shoe awards in the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup. He has been awarded the MVP of the Mexican First League Division five times.

Although Blanco plays mostly as an attacking midfielder, he is tied with Ronaldinho as the leading Confederations Cup goalscorer. Blanco is the second leading goal scorer for the Mexican national football team and his debut team Club América; he is also Mexico's second top scorer in both the FIFA World Cup and the Copa Libertadores tournament.

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Career

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Club

Primera División

Blanco during his time with Club América.

Blanco was born and raised in a poor neighborhood of Mexico City called Tepito, where he learned to love and play the game of football in the local fields. Growing up in a rough environment as Tepito, an area with a high crime rate, Blanco developed a style of play based on creativity and aggressiveness leading him to sometimes lose his temper. Blanco made his debut in the Primera División (Mexican First Division) in 1992 at the age of 19 with Club América. In 1997, Blanco was loaned out to play with Necaxa, and then in 2000 was loaned to Real Valladolid for two years in La Liga, Blanco returned to Club América in 2002, winning the MVP award.

In May 2005, Blanco won his first club championship as a player, leading Club América to its tenth league title, when Club América defeated U.A.G. by an aggregate score of 7-4 (1-1, 6-3). In the next three consecutive years between 2005 to 2007, he was awarded the MVP.

Blanco is regarded as one of Mexico's best football attacking midfielders and one of the league's most prolific scorers still active, with 151 goals. He has amassed 100 caps and scored 37 goals for his country.

Major League Soccer

Blanco in Chicago in 2009 during his time with the Chicago Fire.

On 2 April 2007, Blanco ventured on to Major League Soccer in the United States and signed with Chicago Fire. He was welcomed by 5,000 fans at Toyota Park as he conducted interviews with the media, signed autographs and greeted with fans.

He was later voted as a finalist for both the M.V.P. and Newcomer of the Year awards in 2007.[1] As of the 2008 season, Blanco is the second-highest paid player in Major League Soccer, after Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder David Beckham, earning $2.7 million a year.[2]

Blanco was the 2007 Sierra Mist Goal of the Year Winner which was his first season, goal came in week 20 against RSL.[3]

On 24 July 2008 during the MLS All-Stars vs West Ham United, Blanco won the MVP of the game with one assist and one goal, a game in which he only played 46 Minutes the MLS All-stars won 3–2.

Santos Laguna

On November 19, 2008, it was announced that Santos Laguna signed Blanco on a loan to play only for the Apertura 2008 Liguilla, after the injury of their Ecuadorian striker Christian Benítez. Blanco was formally presented to the press the next day, wearing jersey number 9, and stated that he looks forward to giving Santos a back-to-back championship. [4][5][6] Blanco scored his first goal with Santos Laguna 29 November 2008. It was penalty against San Luis goalkeeper Adrian Martinez in the return game which Santos Laguna won 2-1 and 5-2 aggregate score.

Return to Mexico

On October 29, 2009 Blanco announced that he would not be renewing his three-year contract with Chicago Fire in December 2009, and would instead sign for Veracruz, beginning in January 2010.[7].

International

Blanco has played for the Mexican national football team in two World Cups including France '98 and Korea-Japan 2002, scoring in each one of them. He was a member of the Mexican national team that won the Confederations Cup in 1999 where he was the tournament's leading scorer with 6 goals, including one in the final. He was awarded the "Golden Boot" and "Silver Ball" for outstanding player of the tournament. Blanco holds the record along with Ronaldinho as the highest scoring players in the Confederations Cup with 9 goals, three in 1997 and 6 in 1999. He is also one of the top scorers of the Mexican national football team; nine goals behind the top scorer Jared Borgetti.

In the selection for the final 23 man squad for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, former Mexican national team coach Ricardo Lavolpe left Blanco out of the team. While the ostensible reason is that Blanco was frequently injured and not in good form; some people considered this to be a consequence of the previous year's constant bickering, due to on-going personal problems between coach and player.

Blanco became part of the squad that played the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring one penalty goal, and the 2007 Copa America, where he scored 2 goals also in penalty kicks.

He has since been praised for his influential performance and is now tipped to be a certain starter for the majority of Mexico's qualifying games, mostly due to his experience and current form with Chicago Fire in MLS. On September 13 2008, the veteran Mexican playmaker earned his 100th cap for his country in its 2-1 World Cup Qualifier victory over Canada at Tuxtla Gutierrez, coming on with only 15 seconds left in regulation.

Blanco has returned to the national team since Javier Aguirre's arrival to the team in April 2009. He has been called up for the World Cup Qualifying Matches, in June 6th. 2009 he scored versus El Salvador, and in September 9th, 2009, he scored versus Honduras a penalty, Mexico won 1-0. On October 10, 2009 Blanco provoked the first opposition own-goal and scored the 2nd goal in a 4-1 victory over El Salvador to help Mexico clinch a spot in the 2010 World Cup; as Mexico's team ensured a ticket for the World Cup, it was widely accepted that part of it was thanks to Cuauhtemoc for which received a standing ovation from the Estadio Azteca crowd as he left the field in his last World Cup Qualifier game there.

International goals

Celebration

Blanco himself has accepted on Mexican television and to the press that his goal celebration is an imitation of the "Archer"[1] celebration created by former Atletico de Madrid striker Kiko Narvaez. In a 2005 interview with Mexican newspaper El Universal (Mexico City), Blanco explains that while watching a Spanish league game accompanied by his teammate German Villa, both players agreed to celebrate their next goal by imitating the "Archer" gesture. In the end, only Blanco did it, and jokingly reprimanded Villa for not keeping his word.[8][2] However, the Chicago Fire official website claims that Blanco celebrates scoring a goal by acting like the Prehispanic Tlatoani Aztec emperor Cuauhtémoc, "in order to show respect for the Mexican people, and their indigenous Amerindian heritage" [9].

Cuauhtemiña

Blanco remains remembered for the Cuauhtemiña (also spelled Cuauhteminha), or Blanco Trick, which he performed notably at the 1998 World Cup.[10] In the trick, when two or more opposition players are trying to take the ball from him, he traps the ball between his feet and jumps through them releasing it in the air and landing it under control as he leaves them behind.[11] The trick is difficult to perform but is eye-catching and has been incorporated as a special skill into the FIFA series of football games.[12]

Career statistics

As of October 22, 2009[13]

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Mexico League Cup North America Total
1992-93 América Primera División 12 0 -
1993-94 4 0 -
1994-95 33 6 -
1995-96 32 5 -
1996-97 27 9 -
1997-98 Necaxa 28 13 -
1998-99 América 31 31 -
1999-00 36 20 -
Spain League Copa del Rey Europe Total
2000-01 Real Valladolid La Liga 3 0
2001-02 20 3
Mexico League Cup North America Total
2002-03 América Primera División 36 11 -
2003-04 38 20 -
2004-05 35 13 -
2005-06 28 7 -
2006-07 36 13 -
USA League Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup North America Total
2007 Chicago Fire Major League Soccer 14 4
2008 27 7
2009 21 5
Total Mexico 376 143 -
Spain 23 3
USA 62 16
Career Total 437 158

Honors

Mexico

América

Individual

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Cuauhtémoc Blanco Bravo (born January 17, 1973) is a Mexican football striker, who currently plays for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer and for the Mexican national team.

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Interview with BigSoccer.com

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  • Look!, We have two eyes, two legs, we are the same as them, the only difference is that they play in Europe.
    • To his team in The World Cup 1998.
  • Beg God that I don´t score a goal because I´m gonna leave a stain on you.
    • To Felix Fernandez
  • For me the best players are in the poor suburbs, but the clubs are not interested.
  • I don´t feel famous, I am the same as a waiter or anybody that works in the club, there are people with fame and money but no feelings, and thats what´s important.

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  • "I hope that the selection comes back home with the cup in their hands or something might happen to Lavolpe and his family."

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