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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 May, 2004, 14:51 GMT 15:51 UK
Carles Puyol
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Spain's Carles Puyol
Born: 13/04/78
Club: Barcelona
Position: Defender
Debut: 15/11/00 v Ukraine
No-nonsense defender Carles Puyol has risen through the Barcelona ranks to become the darling of the Nou Camp.

Now captain, Puyol has been a rock in the Barca defence as they struggle to match the achievements of bitter rivals Real Madrid.

A versatile player, he is equally comfortable at full-back or in the centre of defence.

For the national side he has formed a formidable partnership at centre-back with Real Madrid's Ivan Helguera.

Admired for his never-say-die spirit and his aggressive style of defending he is regularly courted by Europe's top clubs.

And much to the horror of Barcelona's fans their star player is continually linked with a move to Manchester United.


Did you know? Puyol's debut for Barcelona was against fierce rivals Real Madrid.




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