Cuauhtémoc Blanco: The Eagle Has Landed

Few men in soccer history can match the record of success of Fox Sports en Español’s newest host and analyst, Cuauhtémoc Blanco. The attacking midfielder, whose first name means “The Eagle has Descended,” is tied with Ronaldihno as the top Confederations Cup goal scorer. He has been playing professional fútbol since 1992, and will be in South Africa playing for the Mexican National Team, now under the leadership of Javier Aguirre.

Blanco, known as “Temo” to his many fans, learned how to play soccer as a child, honing his skills on the rough fields of his violent neighborhood, Mexico City’s Tepito. You had to be quick and inventive to survive in this environment, and in response, Temo developed his distinct and forceful style of play. Temo’s strength is such that he’s said he would have become a professional boxer if he couldn’t have been a soccer player, yet he has surprising grace, as he demonstrated as a contestant on Mexico’s reality dance competition, “Bailando por Un Sueño.”

As soccer fans watch Temo on the field, there are two moves they anticipate seeing. First is the amazing “Blanco Bounce,” or Cuauhtemiña, a signature innovation performed by holding the ball with his feet, releasing it as he dives through oncoming opponents, and retaining control of it as he continues running. Secondly, there is the way he celebrates scoring a goal: imitating an archer in honor of the pre-Hispanic Aztec emperor Cuauhtémoc. With this gesture, he shows his respect for the people of his native Mexico, and his solidarity with their indigenous heritage.