Carles Puyol

Where soccer lovers Who Do not know the origin Spain tough defender he can also play on the wing, especially as right-back. He played for FC Barcelona, the which is identical premises his hair long.

He served as team captain of FC Barcelona's just too long after taking over from Luis Enrique in August 2004, he played more than 500 official games for the team and won 15 major titles, especially the five La Liga and the Champions League three league championships.

Personal information
Full name : Carles Puyol i Saforcada
Date of birth : 13 April 1978 (age 33)
Place of birth : La Pobla de Segur, Spain
Height : 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position : Defender

Club information
Current club : Barcelona
Number : 5

Puyol training with Barcelona !!

Born in La Pobla de Segur, Lleida, Catalonia, Puyol started playing football for his hometown club, as a goalkeeper. However, after injury problems with his shoulders, he switched to striker. He said that in his youth, "My parents were skeptical about me to be a footballer and encouraged me to learn. on 1995, he joined FC Barcelona's youth system at La Masia, switch positions again, to play as a defensive midfielder, two years later, he began playing for team B-club, right-back position.

In 1999, then-coach Louis van Gaal Puyol was promoted to first team. He made his debut in La Liga on October 2, at Real Valladolid, in a 2-0 victory. After that, he managed to make another conversion, now for a central defender. During the off-season-2003, when Barcelona lost in financial crisis, Manchester United showed interest in acquiring Puyol's services, but does not move that never materialized;. Two years later, the player to extend the contract for five more seasons.

Puyol named captain of the club at the end of the 2003-04 season, after retiring Luis Enrique. He continues to be a defensive cornerstone for Barca, which was awarded "Best European right back" award by UEFA in 2002 (among other individual awards), and helped the Catalans won two consecutive league titles. In 2005-06, he appeared in a total of 52 official games, including 12 in the Premier League UEFA season, which ended in the conquest against Arsenal, the two clubs.

On 16 September 2008, Puyol made ​​400 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona's first team in the Champions League match against Sporting Clube de Portugal. In the league season, he's dealing with injury problems, but still contributing to the team by appearing in 28 games and helped to win another league title, the only goal in El Clásico arrived at Real Madrid on May 2, 2009, which ended with a victory away 6-2.

In addition to two league titles, he is super important in conquering the 2009 UEFA Cup, Champions League in 2009 and 2009 FIFA Club World Cup, appearing in nearly 100 official games, and describes the club as "the Catalan team that every child wants to play for Barcelona.

Puyol again struggled with injuries in the 2010-11 season, but still appeared in 28 official games for Barcelona, which again won the league and Champions League. He played five minutes in the final of both competitions, winning 3-1 against Manchester United.

International Career

Puyol won his first trophy for Spain on 15 November 2000 against the Dutch, and remained a regular fixture in subsequent years. He played for the nation at the 2000 Olympics, 2002 World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, World Cup 2006, Euro 2008, 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.

At Euro 2008, Puyol started throughout most of the competition, as a defensive back line conceded only two goals in five matches, with final victory against Germany eventually. He was named the Tournament Team along with defensive partner Carlos Marchena, Valencia CF.

He started in three of five at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and captain Iker Casillas when resting for the final group stage match, such as Spain finished third, he and four other associates named in the Team Tournament.

At the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Puyol started every game and played nearly every minute (he was replaced by Marchena in the 84th minute of the quarter-final against Paraguay. He scored the only goal in the semi-final against Germany with a powerful header from a corner kick Barcelona's Xavi was taken by the team, sending the national team through to their first World Cup and scored the third goal in 89 international matches, in the end, he played the full 120 minutes, such as Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0.

Playing Style 

Puyol is known for his intense commitment and roughness as a defender. According to the chief doctor of Barcelona, ​​Puyol was "the strongest, which has the fastest reaction, and who has the most explosive power." Club fans refer to him as "The Wall" Ángel. Miguel Nadal, who played with him for a short time, said, "Carles plays with maturity, a sense of position, and above all, have pride in the shirt."

Puyol is also known for his leadership and work ethic. He often continued training alone after the team's final training session or on holidays. He said in 2010, "I do not have Romario's technique, Overmars speed 'or force Patrick Kluivert. But I worked harder than others. I like students who are not smart, but revising for exams and not OK in the end he often described as the heart of Barcelona's team ..

Fellow defender Gerard Pique said: "He is someone who, even if you win 3-0 and there are a few seconds left in the game will shout at the top of his voice at you if he thinks your concentration will be." a former teammate said, "Even the four goals he thinks we can still win," and another described him as a "pain in the butt" but added "that's what we need".

He is also skilled in handling and highly efficient in man marking. Despite having an average height, great physical strength enabled him to jump higher than most football players, which makes him very good at playing the air, both in attack and defense.


    Spanish League : 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11
    Spanish Cup : 2008–09; Runner-up 2010–11
    Spanish Supercup : 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011
    UEFA Champions League : 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11
    UEFA Super Cup : 2009, 2011; Runner-up 2006
    FIFA Club World Cup : 2009, 2011; Runner-up 2006

    FIFA World Cup : 2010
    UEFA European Football Championship : 2008
    Summer Olympics : Silver medal 2000
    FIFA Confederations Cup : Third-place 2009

    Don Balón Award – Breakthrough player of the year : 2001
    Best European Defender : 2004, 2005, 2009
    Best FIFA Defender : 2005, 2007
    ESM Team of the Year : 2001–02, 2010
    UEFA Club Best Defender : 2006
    FIFPro World XI  : 2007, 2008, 2010
    UEFA Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament
    FIFA Team of the Year : 2008, 2009, 2010
    2009 FIFA Confederations Cup Team of the Tournament
    FIFA World Cup All-Star Team : 2010

    Prince of Asturias Awards : 2010
    Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit : 2011

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