Ismael Blanco (born on 19 January 1983 in Santa Elena, Entre Ríos) is an Argentine professional football player. On 10 August 2007 Blanco joined AEK Athens on loan for €850,000 with an exit clause of €1.5m. He got his first cap in an UEFA Cup match against Red Bull Salzburg on 20 September 2007. He then debuted in the Greek Super League 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 Super League Greece 2007-08 having scored 19 goals in 30 games (he scored once more during his 4 playoff apps). His performances led AEK Athens to announce the activation of the clause in his contract on 28 April 2008. Blanco started his 2nd season in AEK in a great way 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 Super League Greece 2008-09 having scored 14 goals in 30 games (plus 3 goals at 6 playoff games). Blanco's 3 season in AEK wasn't as successful as the previous years as he scored only 13 goals all season, (9 in the league, 4 in Europe). Now in his 4th season, it looks to be his most promising yet, as he has the confidence of new coach Manuel Jiménez Jiménez, and he has already scored 10 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. His biggest goal yet being the fantasic game winner against arch rivals Olympiakos in the 90th minute (he came in the game as a substitution. Blanco also scored a stunning goal against Ergotelis and a beautiful header against Panseraikos. Blanco decided not to renew his contract with AEK and not to accept the proposal of AEK that was € 650.000 per year plus bonus and he was released to a free agent. Blanco promised that if ever returned back in Greece that would be only to wear AEK Athens' colours.
Ignacio Scocco signed a 3 year contract with AEK Athens on the 18 June 2008. AEK Athens signed Scocco for a fee of €1.5 million and will be earning €400,000 per year. In his latest interviews Scocco also stated that this was a huge opportunity for his career and that playing in Europe was a dream for him Scocco has attracted varies teams from the Serie A, Fiorentina, Udinese and Genoa due to his impressive performances in the Greek Super League and the Europa League.On the 25/11/10, Scocco renewed his contract with AEK signing a new 3-year deal which will keep him at the club until 2013. Scocco's contract is worth €3.6m earning €1m per year and a buy-out clause worth €15m On April 15, 2005, José Pekerman called up Ignacio Scocco for a friendly against Chile but didn't make an appearance. On June 3, 2005, Scocco was called up for another friendly for Argentina against Puerto Rico, but pulled a hamstring and was forced out for a couple of weeks and was not included in the match. After impressing Argentine coach Alfio Basile, Ignacio Scocco was called up for an unofficial friendly match against Guatemala on February 6, 2008, Scocco played 20 minutes in the match and came on for Ezequiel Lavezzi. Scocco was also included in the 21 man squad against Venezuela on August 20, 2008
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