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Carles Puyol

Carles Puyol
Personal information
Full nameCarles Puyol i Saforcada
Date of birth13 April 1978(age 38)
Place of birthLa Pobla de Segur, Spain
Height1.78 m
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current clubBarcelona

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Carles Puyol i Saforcada (-caˈkarɫəs puˈjɔɫ; born 13 April 1978) is a Spanish footballer who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spanish national team.

Mainly a central defender, he can also play on either flank, especially as a right back. He also served as a longtime team captain for his only club FC Barcelona after taking over from Luis Enrique in August 2004, going on to appear in more than 500 official games for the team and win 15 major titles, notably five La Liga and three UEFA Champions League championships.

A Spanish international on nearly 100 occasions, Puyol was part of the squads that won the Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup tournaments.

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