Welcome to the Official Site of Carles Puyol
Carles Puyol i Saforcada was born on 13 April 1978 and plays for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team. Although starting his career as a defensive midfielder he will end up playing in central defense where he will become the player that we know nowadays. According to him this is down to his hard work and not to his talent. He once was quoted as saying “I don’t have Romário’s technique, Overmars’ pace or Kluivert’s strength. But I work harder than the others. I’m like the student who is not as clever, but revises for his exams and does OK in the end.” Often nicknamed as “The Wall” Puyol can react very quickly and tackle hard whenever there is the danger for his team.
He practices yoga and Pilates, and is very interested in Tibetan Buddhism and culture.
Puyol met the Dalai Lama in 2007.
Barcelona fans have nicknamed him “The Wall” because of his commitment and his explosive reaction to danger.
Puyol won his first Spanish cap on 15 November 2000 against the Netherlands.
He started playing for his local club as a goalkeeper.
He later switched to striker because he suffered an injury to his shoulder.
According to him, his parents did not believe that he could become an accomplished footballer and instead encourage his to study.
Puyol was named club captain at the end of the 2003–04 season, after the retirement of Luis Enrique.
He scored the only goal that put Spain the final at the 2010 World Cup which they will eventually win.
He says that he does not like to go out very much and that he hasn’t visited a nightclub for some time. He prefers to read.
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