La Franja made the first major signing of the season. Puebla FC signed Cuauhtémoc Blanco for the upcoming Apertura 2014 season of La Liga MX. The 41-year-old Blanco arrives from Liga de Ascenso club Lobos BUAP, also from Puebla.
Blanco had previously announced that he would retire at the end of the Clausura 2014. However, it appears that the controversial player has changed his mind. This means that “Cuau” will most likely retire playing in the Mexican first division. Puebla made the attempt to sign Blanco during the winter transfer window, but Lobos decided to not to release him, enforcing his contract.
“El Temo” made his debut with Mexico City giants Club America in 1992. He became the team’s symbol for his charisma on the pitch. He has also played in the “old continent” with Spain’s Real Valladolid. Blanco also had a successful pass through the U.S.’s Major League Soccer (MLS) with the Chicago Fire.
After returning to Mexico in 2010, Blanco joined the Liga de Ascenso clubs in an attempt to help them reach the “big leagues.” He had stints with Irapuato, Dorados de Sinaloa, and Lobos BUAP. Despite his efforts, he was not able to help either team reach La Liga MX. Blanco also played for Necaxa, Veracruz FC, and Club Santos Laguna.
Blanco was also a constant player on the Mexican national team playing in 119 games and scored 39 goals. During France 1998, Blanco performed the Cuauhtemiñia, a trick where he traps the ball between his feet as two defenders approach him, he jumps with the ball and moves away from the players with full control of the ball. He was a member of the Mexican national side that won the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup.
According to the Puebla website, the team will present Blanco on May 11, 2014 during a press conference at the Cuauhtémoc Stadium after the U-20 semifinals match.