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Carles Puyol
Gender Male
Ethnic Catalan
Job Catalan Footballer
  Barcelona Captain
Desc Puyol was the solid foundation upon which arguably the greatest club side of the modern era was built. Oh, and he also won the World Cup with his country - scoring the winner in the semi finals of the tournament


Org Spain National Team
Club as Player Barcelona FC

2007 03 09 Retrieve

[Carles Puyol on Samuel Eto’o] People think that there is a time bomb in the dressing room, but that isn’t true. Frank Rijkaard has got the team under control. [Samuel Eto’o](samuel-eto-o.html) has a good relationship with the rest of the group and the atmosphere is good

2009 08 09 Retrieve

[Carles Puyol have been stunned by the news of Espanyol captain Daniel Jarque’s sudden death at the weekend] It is a sad day for us and football. We send our support to his family and colleagues. I have spoken to some, like Ivan [De la Pena], and they are very upset. We will support his family and colleagues. It has been a very tough shock

2015 08 01 Retrieve

[Carles Puyol tells of his fears before presenting the FIFA World Cup Trophy] I was suffering with a knee injury and we had to go down the stairs. I was afraid that my knee would fail, I would go down and the whole world would watch it on TV! Luckily everything went fine and it ended up being a great memory

2017 02 25 Retrieve

[Carles Puyol tells that his former team can overcome their 4-0 first leg defeat by Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League] This is a time for the team to be united. By sticking together, they can get through this situation. We know that the result in Paris hurt, but if there is any team that can turn something like this around, then that team is Barca. It is a difficult result, but not impossible. This team has done a lot in recent years and they deserve every confidence in the world. I am with them to the death, not just because they are friends of mine but because at Barca we are all in the same boat. We cannot afford to have doubts. We have to fight to the end

2019 03 30 Retrieve

[Carles Puyol on Gerard Pique] Gerard Pique, without a doubt. Yes, he’s the best central defender in the world. We’re different. He is key to Barcelona in everything he contributes, in his leadership. He’s a phenomenon and a great friend

2019 07 09 Retrieve

[Carles Puyol says Barcelona should ignore what happened with Neymar in the past] In the end, you have to value the present, not so much the past. If the player is on the market and you need him, you don’t have to be thinking about what happened a few years ago

[However, Puyol believes the star forward can still deliver plenty for Barcelona] Neymar is a great player who can make a difference. He’s not been able to play his best football [at PSG] because of injuries, but he still has a lot to give to football

2019 07 31 Retrieve

[Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has revealed that Real Madrid tried to sign him twice] Real Madrid appointed [Jose Antonio] Camacho as their new coach and he wanted me and Ronaldinho [in their second approach]. They tried to sign me on those two occasions, but I was at the best club in the world and wanted to win titles there. So I stayed

2019 08 03 Retrieve

[Carles Puyol tells that rivals Real Madrid tried to sign him on two occasions during his career] Real Madrid appointed Jose Antonio Camacho as their new coach and he wanted me and Ronaldinho [in their second approach]. They tried to sign me on those two occasions, but I was at the best club in the world and wanted to win titles there. So I stayed

2019 10 12 Retrieve

[Puyol prefers Messi approach to Barcelona leadership over Pique’s outspoken style] You have to respect Gerard. We all know him, we know he says what he thinks, he goes straight… I liked to talk the same as Messi, so would have acted just like him

[Puyol also clarified his decision to turn down the sporting director post at Barcelona] think the statement was very clear, you can’t interpret much more. I am at a time when I develop new projects, the next one will come out in a few days and will be related to the Danone Nations Cup, with football and values, an online programme designed for fathers and mothers who want to share time with their children. I have many more. I had been working on them for many months and I don’t think it’s time to leave them. It was not the time to join Barca

[Puyol’s former team-mate Victor Valdes was sacked as coach of the Barcelona Under-19 side this month, the ex-goalkeeper having reportedly clashed with La Masia head Patrick Kluivert] Victor still doesn’t have much experience as a coach. Last season he did very well and has a lot of knowledge about soccer to teach children. I do not know the reasons for what happened, I am not in the club, but I know that he will have a good career as a coach and that he will train great players. Youth football is not easy. Many times you look more at the results and you also have to think about the development and training of the children

2019 10 17 Retrieve

[Carles Puyol says Van Dijk is a complete defender & Messi the best ever] Van Dijk is one of the best in the world. He is the complete defender, always calm, a great player. The spotlight usually goes to the strikers, so it is nice to see a special defender get deserved recognition

[Puyol added, with Van Dijk competing alongside two modern-day greats] It’s true that in recent years Messi for me is the best, and it’s difficult to compare to him because to me he’s the best player in history. We’ve also had Cristiano Ronaldo who’s a great player. And the two have always been there, and few players have had the opportunity to win an individual trophy. Having these two players in this era, he’s [Van Dijk] doing an excellent job and I’m very happy for him

2020 02 17 Retrieve

[Carles Puyol says he has held no discussions when it comes to potentially working with Iker Casillas to run for presidency of Spanish FA] I saw something on Twitter and I’ve also read I’ve been with him, and I can tell you now that I haven’t spoken to Iker. Iker is a friend and if he calls me, I will listen; another thing is joining him. I’m also a friend of those from Barcelona; they called me and I didn’t join them. They’re positions that you have to convince [people] because it’s a big responsibility. It depends on the vital moment which each person can get involved in or not.

2020 02 17b Retrieve

[Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has declared Lionel Messi has the potential to play on until he’s at least 38] Messi is 32 and a player who takes care of himself like Leo does can play until he’s 38. Why are we talking about a Barcelona without Messi when he’s here now? What we have to do is try to win as much as possible with him.

[Puyol for his part still misses being a player and admitted management doesn’t particularly appeal to him] I’m more interested in being a sporting director than a coach. There’s a lot of competition in coaching. I have a thing for football, but what I would prefer is to play again but that’s impossible

2020 02 28 Retrieve

[Barcelona icon Carles Puyol ‘convinced’ Guardiola will win the Champions League again] For me, Pep is the best coach I had and the best coach in the world. You can immediately tell that a team is coached by Pep by the way it plays. That’s why I’m convinced he will win that title again. I can’t say whether it will be with Manchester City, but they will focus a lot on that competition as it is practically impossible to catch Liverpool in the Premier League

Bayern are always among the favourites. They have an experienced team and will certainly be motivated to win that title again. In the knockout stage, the little details are decisive - I know that from my own experience. Whoever is the most focused and stable will progress

Barcelona and Madrid always have great teams with extraordinary players. Still, it’s correct that they haven’t played as consistently as we’re used to. Both have been eliminated from the Copa del Rey, so there are only two chances left to win a title. The decisive weeks of the season have arrived with the knockout stages in the Champions League, the Clasico and the final stages of La Liga. We will see what answers the teams come up with for the challenges that await. Of course, I hope Barca will win it, but at the moment everything is wide open