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Carles Puyol
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Personal information
Full name Carles Puyol i Saforcada
Date of birth 13 April 1978 (1978-04-13) (age 31)
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
Youth career
1993–1995 C. Pobla de Segur
1995–1997 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2000 Barcelona B 83 (4)
1999– Barcelona 320 (6)
National team
1995 Spain U18 3 (0)
2000 Spain U21 4 (0)
2000 Spain U23 5 (0)
2000– Spain 81 (2)
2001– Catalonia 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 March 2010

Carles Puyol i Saforcada (Catalan pronunciation: [ˈkaɾles ˈpujol]; born 13 April 1978 in La Pobla de Segur, Lleida, Catalonia) is a Spanish footballer who plays with FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team.

Mainly a central defender, he can also appear on either flanks, especially as a right back. He also served as a longtime team captain, after taking over from Luis Enrique on August 2004.

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Club career

Puyol started playing football for his hometown club, La Pobla de Segur, as a goalkeeper. However, after injury problems with his shoulder, he switched to striker. In 1995, he moved to join FC Barcelona's youth team, switching positions again, to play as a defensive midfielder. In 1997, Puyol stepped up to play for the club's B-team, occupying the position of right back.

In 1999, then coach Louis van Gaal promoted Puyol to the first team. He made his first division debut on October 2, 1999, at Real Valladolid, in a 2–0 win. After that, he successfully made another reconversion, now to central defender; he was awarded "Best European right back" award by UEFA in 2002 and "Best European centre back" in 2005, 2006 and 2008. Puyol also won the trophy "UEFA Club Best Defender" in 2006.

Puyol was first chosen as the captain of Barcelona at the end of the 2003–04 season, after the retirement of Luis Enrique. On September 16, 2008, he made his 400th appearance in all competitions for Barça's first team in a Champions League match against Sporting Clube de Portugal.[1]

On October 30, 2009, Puyol signed a new three-year extension to his contract, running until 2013. This link also contained a release clause of 10 million euros.[2] The next day, in the league against CA Osasuna, he became the third player with more official matches for the Catalans with 453, surpassing Carles Rexach, now only trailing teammate Xavi Hernández and record holder Migueli (548 appearances).[3]

International career

Puyol won his first Spanish cap on November 15, 2000 against the Netherlands, and remained a regular fixture ever since. He played for the nation at the 2000 Olympics, 2002 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2004, 2006 FIFA World Cup, Euro 2008 and the Confederations Cup 2009.

At Euro 2008, Puyol started throughout the vast majority of the competition, as the defensive backline only conceded two goals in five games, in an eventual final win against Germany. He was named in the Team of the Tournament with defensive partner Carlos Marchena of Valencia CF.

Puyol started three out of five games at the 2009 Confederations Cup, and captained the team when Iker Casillas was rested for the last group stage match. As Spain finished third, he and three other teammates were named in the Team of the Tournament.

Club statistics

As of 17 March 2010 [4][5]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other [6] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 1996–97 1 1 - - - - - - 1 1
1997–98 36 1 - - - - - - 36 1
1998–99 38 2 - - - - - - 38 2
1999–00 8 0 - - - - - - 8 0
Total 83 4 - - - - - - 83 4
Barcelona 1999–00 24 0 5 0 8 0 0 0 37 0
2000–01 17 0 2 0 5 0 - - 24 0
2001–02 35 2 1 0 15 0 - - 51 2
2002–03 32 0 0 0 14 0 - - 46 0
2003–04 27 0 4 0 7 0 - - 38 0
2004–05 36 0 1 0 8 0 - - 45 0
2005–06 35 1 3 0 12 0 2 0 52 1
2006–07 35 1 7 0 8 1 5 0 55 2
2007–08 30 0 7 0 10 1 - - 47 1
2008–09 28 1 6 0 11 0 - - 45 1
2009–10 21 1 2 0 7 0 5 0 35 1
Total 320 6 38 0 105 2 12 0 475 8
Career totals 403 10 38 0 105 2 12 0 558 12
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International goals

International Goals[7]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. April 17, 2002 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 0 – 4 0 – 5 International Friendly
2. October 11, 2008 A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia 0 – 3 0 – 3 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

Barcelona

International

Individual

References

  1. ^ The captain makes it to 400 games; FC Barcelona official website, 16 September 2008
  2. ^ Puyol signs new Barcelona deal; ESPN Soccernet, 30 October 2009
  3. ^ Puyol thrilled with new Barça deal; UEFA.com, 31 October 2009
  4. ^ Official site statistics
  5. ^ Soccernet player statistics
  6. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup
  7. ^ National team data (Spanish)
  8. ^ "Spain dominate Team of the Tournament". UEFA.com. 2008-06-30. http://en.euro2008.uefa.com/news/kind=1/newsid=729372.html#spain+dominate+team+tournament. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 

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Carles Puyol
File:Carles Puyol Joan
Personal information
Full name Carles Puyol Saforcada
Date of birth 13 April 1978 (1978-04-13) (age 32)
Place of birth    Lleida, Spain
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Barcelona
Number 5
Senior clubs
Years Club
1997- Barcelona
National team
2000- Spain

Carles Puyol (born 13 April 1978) is a Spanish football player. He has played for Barcelona and Spain national team.

Club career statistics

Club Performance League CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
SpainLeague Copa del Rey EuropeTotal
1999/00BarcelonaLa Liga2405080370
2000/011702050240
2001/0235210150512
2002/0332000140460
2003/042704070380
2004/053601080450
2005/0635150120521
2006/073519091542
2007/0830070101471
2008/0928160110451
2009/10
CountrySpain 29954009924387
Total 29954009924387

International career statistics

[1]

Spain national team
YearAppsGoals
200010
200140
2002101
200380
2004100
2005100
2006100
200750
2008141
200980
2010
Total802

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