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Blanco, Cuauhtémoc biography

Date of birth : 1973-01-17
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality : Mexican
Category : Sports
Last modified : 2010-04-14
Credited as : Mexican football player, Playing for Veracruz, Silver Ball and Golden Shoe awards

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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.

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.

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.

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