Carles Puyol Bio

IntroSpanish footballer
A.K.A.Carles Puyol Saforcada
IsAthlete Football player Association football player
Birth13 April 1978, La Pobla de Segur, Spain
Age43 years
Star signAries
FamilySpouse:Vanessa Lorenzo

Carles Puyol Saforcada was a former Spanish professional footballer who was born on April 13, 1978, in Barcelona. He was mostly a right-back but could also play in the centre of defence. He was widely considered as one of the finest centre backs of all time.

After taking over as team captain from Luis Enrique in August 2004, he was a one-club man who played in 593 competitive matches for Barcelona and won 18 major honours, including six La Liga titles and three Champions League crowns. He served as captain for a long period.

Having played 100 times for Spain, Puyol was a key member of the squads that won Euro 2008 and the World Cup 2010. He scored the game’s lone goal against Germany in the later competition’s semi-final.


Puyol was born in La Pobla de Segur, Lleida, Catalonia, and began his football career as a goalkeeper for his hometown club before switching to striker due to shoulder injuries. It was said that when he was younger, “My parents were worried about my being an athlete, and they insisted that I study.” It was at La Masia in 1995 that he first joined FC Barcelona’s youth system as a defensive midfielder, before switching positions two years later to play right back for the club’s B team.

Barcelona traded Puyol to Málaga CF in 1998 for Frank de Boer and Michael Reiziger, who were above him in the pecking order. However, he refused to leave after seeing his good friend Xavi make his first-team debut with Barcelona.

The next year, Louis van Gaal elevated Puyol to the first team, and he made his La Liga debut on October 2 against Real Valladolid, winning 2–0. After that, he was a central defender after another successful conversion. Manchester United expressed interest in acquiring Puyol’s abilities during the 2003 off-season as Barcelona was embroiled in financial trouble, but no move ever materialised; two years later, the player extended his contract for another five years.

Puyol in action against Getafe in La Liga in 2007.

After Luis Enrique stepped down as club captain at the end of the 2003–04 season, Puyol was chosen his successor. Barça relied on him as a defensive anchor throughout his career, and in 2002 UEFA honoured him with the “Best European right-back” award, among other individual honours. He also helped the Catalans win back-to-back league titles. To conclude the 2005–06 season, he played a total of 52 games for FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League, winning Spain’s second European Cup in the process against Arsenal.

Puyol earned his 400th appearance for Barcelona’s first team in all competitions against Sporting CP on 16 September 2008. Although he had injury issues during the league season, he nevertheless played a key role in helping the club to a second straight league title. During the 2009 UEFA Super Cup, Champions League, and FIFA Club World Cup, he played in nearly 100 official matches and scored one goal against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu. He celebrated his goal by kissing his Catalan flag armband in front of enraged Madrid fans. He described the club as “the team that every Catalan child wants to plunder.” Playing football for Barcelona is a dream come true for me, and I hope to retire here someday.

As a Barcelona captain in 2008, Puyol wore his Catalan armband.

The match against Villarreal CF on November 13, 2010, was Puyol’s 500th appearance for Barcelona’s first team in all competitions. Even though he was plagued by injuries during the season, he managed to participate in 28 games, helping the club win the league and the Champions League. In the latter competition’s championship game, he came off the bench to help the team defeat Manchester United 3–1.

Puyol’s unbeaten streak for Barcelona began after the 2009–10 Champions League semi-final loss to Inter Milan and ended on 11 January 2012 at CA Osasuna (2–3 loss). He also scored twice in the Copa del Rey this season, once against Real Madrid (2–1 away victory, 4–3 aggregate) and once against Valencia CF (1–1 away win, 3–1 aggregate).

Since falling awkwardly in a corner kick battle, Puyol dislocated his elbow on October 2, 2012, in the closing moments of a Champions League group stage match against S.L. Benfica, his first game after recuperating from a knee ligament injury sustained against Getafe CF. A two-month layoff had been predicted for him. He actually healed faster than that. Barcelona extended his contract until 30 June 2016 when it renewed it on the 18th of December. His sixth operation as a professional was performed on his right knee in June of the following year, leading him to consider early retirement.

The FC Barcelona Museum displays Puyol’s jersey and boots.

With his third goal in a 4–1 win over UD Almera on 2 March 2014, Puyol moved ahead of Migueli into second place on the all-time Barça league appearances list, behind only Xavi. Two days later, he confirmed his departure from Barcelona at the conclusion of the season, despite having two years left on his contract. This is going to take me a lot of work after my past two big procedures, even more than I and the surgeons felt was necessary.” That’s why I’ve come to this conclusion.”

On May 15, 2014, Barcelona announced Puyol’s retirement after a 15-year first-team career (of which 10 were as captain) during which he won 21 trophies. Former teammates, presidents, and coaches paid homage to him in front of a sold-out Auditori 1899. He said: “I’ve fulfilled the dream of so many young people, doing what I most like in life, playing football and training”. After announcing his retirement at the age of 36, he remained linked to his sole club and was immediately named assistant to director of football Andoni Zubizarreta. Shortly after Zubizarreta’s dismissal, he announced his resignation.

Puyol turned down a job as Barcelona’s sports director in September of this year.

On November 15, 2000, Puyol made his international debut for Spain against the Netherlands, and he would go on to play regularly for the national team in the years that followed. As a player, he represented his country at several international competitions, including the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics, the FIFA World Cups of both 2002 and 2004, as well as UEFA Euros in 2004 and 2006.

Spain’s defence surrendered only two goals when Puyol was on the field in his five appearances at Euro 2008. They beat Germany in the final, and he was chosen to the Tournament’s All-Star Team together with Valencia’s Carlos Marchena on defence. At the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, he started three of the five games and took over as captain after Iker Casillas was rested for the last match of the group stage. Their final standing was 3rd, and four of Puyol’s colleagues were named to the Tournament Team of the Year.

Puyol started every game and played nearly the whole game in South Africa in 2010 (he was substituted by Marchena in the 84th minute of the quarterfinal versus Paraguay) (he was replaced by Marchena in the 84th minute of the quarter-final against Paraguay). His stunning header from Barcelona teammate Xavi’s corner in the semifinal against Germany was the game-winner and advanced the United States to their first World Cup final. He played all 120 minutes in the final against the Netherlands, which his team won by a score of 1–0.

Announcing his decision to continue playing for Spain’s national team for at least another two years, Puyol, 32, made it official on August 1, 2010. A knee injury he suffered in a league game against RCD Espanyol in early May necessitated surgery and a five-to-six-week recovery period, and he therefore missed Euro 2012.

On February 6, 2013, Puyol captained Spain to a 3–1 triumph against Uruguay in a friendly match in Doha, Qatar, in his 100th international appearance.

Throughout Puyol’s career, his long, unkempt hairstyle was a defining characteristic. Immediately following his first training session with the senior players, Barcelona manager Louis van Gaal advised the player, then 19, cut his hair. “What’s your issue, can’t you afford the money for a haircut?” Van Gaal questioned him in his office. “I said nothing,” Puyol said, “and have maintained my hair how it is to this day.

Puyol stated in 2006 that he has a “very peaceful existence… when he’s not working.” It’s been years since I visited a club in Barcelona, either. My preferred method of socialising while I’m out is to go to a restaurant with my pals.

Puyol’s father Josep passed away in a farming accident in late 2006, just as Carles was getting ready to face Deportivo La Corua. When he landed, coach Frank Rijkaard informed him of the bad news. That and an injury brought him to Barcelona’s attention, when Spanish national team physio Ral Martnez gave him “a big telling off,” according to the player. He roused an emotional response in me, and as a result, I made an effort to be more upbeat and not feel overwhelmed by the situation.

Puyol said to in March 2009 that he “doesn’t like to go out much, although it is nice to disconnect and I like to read.” He began dating model Malena Costa in September of that year. When he scored a header in a 2–1 home win over Valencia CF in October of that year, he dedicated the goal to her by forming a heart symbol with both hands on the ball.. After the game, he remarked, “I dedicate the goal to my girlfriend.”

In 2011, Puyol spent €30,000 for Miki Roqué’s private expert therapy for pelvic cancer, a player from his native area. The latter, on the other hand, passed away in 2012.

During the year of 2012, Puyol began dating Vanessa Lorenzo. Manuela was born in 2014, and Mara was born in 2016. (2016). (2016).

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