Our Capità: Carles Puyol

A million thank yous to jordi for finding this gem and posting it in the comments section [and to FCBSpecial for making it!]

So many things I could say, but it really wouldn’t be enough. Just watch and enjoy. I’ll so repost this come another Clasico.

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  1. barca96
    December 27, 2011

    That’s an epic video that deserves a post!

    Liga team of the year 2011: Tono – Alves Demichelis Escude Marcelo – Cazorla Xavi Muniain – Messi Negredo Ronaldo #fcblive [by opta]

    How on earth did Demichilis did get in there? I’m seriously sick of people voting Marcelo ahead of Abidal. Abidal hardly lost a ball all season long!!

    And no Iniesta?

    Where is Luke? Why doesn’t he comment or post anymore?

    • nzm
      December 27, 2011

      Yeah – it’s a ridiculous lineup. Demichelis – what a joke. As well as no Casillas or (Zamora winner) VV.

    • December 27, 2011

      Think it’s a team made up solely on the basis of stats, not quality. (of course, it’s opta after all). Those are the players that are probably the best in their position statically. At least that’s my guess.

      Luke’s a busy busy man. Doing all kinds of important lawyer stuff. [And trying to finalize Own Goal to FCB, but it’s proving to be a very complicated transfer. Lots of teams involved, and Man Utd are being quite possessive. If we’re lucky, we might get Own on a Bosman].

    • December 27, 2011

      Okay, scratch everything I had planned. (which was nothing). New feature: post compilation videos for ‘unsung’ heroes on the team.

  2. December 27, 2011

    Having Puyol back and playing more after being out for so long really makes you appreciate him even more.

    The heart and determination are remarkable. But I also think his footballing talent gets underrated at times.

    Compared to his Barca teammates, Puyol may not be a master with the ball – but compared to the vast majority of CB’s – he really quite good.

    And his reading of the game is masterful.

    Wonderful video.

  3. Messiah10
    December 27, 2011

    Puyol is undoubtedly El Capitan! The reads he makes from 20 yds out are remarkable. He runs full speed across the box and does a 1 leg diver to deflect the ball out! That takes amazing control, reaction, reflex, poise. All a foward has to do is make a quick counter but they CAN’T and DON’T b/c El Capitan has them under his thumb!!! Capitan Tarzan is the HEART & SOUL of this team. When he’s injured or out it’s the equivalent to Xavi missing from central midfield. A BIG hole! I hope he plays for another 5 years!!!

  4. Blau-Grenade
    December 27, 2011

    Puyol, the Barca Rock and El Capitan.

    One thing I would like him to do is to retire from the National team so he has less fatigue and injuries as a result.

    • Jnice
      December 27, 2011

      I made him do that in Football Manager. Xavi too 😀

      • Blau-Grenade
        December 28, 2011

        Oh gosh, Xavi needs to retire from the National team right away, especially, now that Thiago is starting to blossom, and Cesc is integrating with Iniesta and Busquets.

        Next time I would like to see a double pivot of Thiago and Busquets rather than Alonso and Busquets in the National Team.

    • nzm
      December 27, 2011

      I reckon that once he reaches 100 NT games, he’ll stop.

      • Blau-Grenade
        December 28, 2011

        I think that is the motivation that Del Bosque gave Puyol for him to continue with the national team.

        Puyol, if I understand correctly, wanted to retire after the world cup.

        But Del Bosque dangled the 100 game carrot in front of Puyol and he took it. Shows great man management skill on the part of Del Bosque.

  5. nia
    December 27, 2011

    OT: does anyone have the revista after the clasico? i tried to download but it’s not working, pls help, really wanted to watch that episode.

  6. just listenin
    December 27, 2011

    Indomitable, inimitable, irreplaceable Puyol.

    There was a moment in the 9-0 L’Hospi victory, when we were up I believe, 8-0, when a ball went out of play near the touchline and Puyol who was somewhere near the middle of the pitch, sprinted to the touchline, grabbed the ball and reinitiated play with the intensity you would expect if a team were down a goal in a crucial match. That says everything about him. I thought it quintessential Puyol. Someone is going to have to rise up to fill the “heart” gap that will be left the day he retires. Remains to be seen if anyone coming through the ranks that has that quality. I haven’t seen it yet.

    • nzm
      December 28, 2011

      Yes – we were at that game, and that moment happened right in front of us. The crowd really noticed Puyol’s intensity and he got a huge cheer and applause for it.

      The Camp Nou crowd may not be a vocal one in comparison to other stadium audiences, but they certainly recognise great football and achievements!

  7. Lev
    December 27, 2011

    “The heart and determination are remarkable. But I also think his footballing talent gets underrated at times.

    Compared to his Barca teammates, Puyol may not be a master with the ball – but compared to the vast majority of CB’s – he really quite good. ”

    Yup, and thank you! Apart from being quite a good passer, I have seen him pluck the ball out of the sky a la Ibrahimovic and I have seen him use trickery to get past defenders when he was still a right back.

  8. December 27, 2011

    That’s our captain! May he continue to play for years to come.

    It’s nice to see him get the better of the Brazilian R9 on so many occasions. To think he used to deal with the likes of R9 (and well too), makes some of the crop of today look like Puyi’s breakfast cereal. No wonder El Capita has TB in his back pocket.

    He has played against the very best of them.

    Great music on the vid btw!

  9. camiseta
    December 27, 2011

    omg!!! thanks for the vid, made me cry tears of joy :).

  10. Dani_el
    December 27, 2011

    He´s always there, when it seems that it’s a goal for our adversary, he’s there. He really reads the game, he has a second or two of advantage vs the forwards. I would very much like to see a 1 on 1 versus between him and Messi, he’s such a good defender, and I still haven’t touch the subject about his leadership skills. I hope he can stay with the team until 2016 at least. And I really hope he can teach some kid from la masia (or Masche) how to be him.

  11. ElJefe
    December 28, 2011

    “There will never be another” is one of the most over-used cliches in sport & pop culture. But when it comes to Capitan Lionheart Caveman, there will truly never be another in our lifetime.

    Think about that for a good spell, given the talent & depth we crank out of La Masia. It’s both inspiring and scary…certainly one can engrain total football at a young age, but how do you nurture heart? Or can you at all? The best means possible is likely to have others play with him and learn by example, but who will step up once he’s gone (in 2025 when he retires)?

    All we can and should do in the meantime, is soak in the brilliance that is #5, and find joy in the privilege we’ve had to watch him play, a watch the heart of Barca firsthand.

  12. Gogah
    December 28, 2011

    talking about Puyi, on a slightly machismo note,
    it is striking when you look at the defenders coming through the ranks – montoya, fontas, muniesa, et al with their nice boy looks and small hair, its just amazing to see all that puyol can do while representing what he represents. how the hell are you supposed to intimidate the damn opposition attackers when you have such good boy looks? he is the real steel of our barcelona side. Mascha comes close. but he is bought and i dont see anyone in the academy with the aggression and you-shall-not-pass attitude that our #5 has. its gonna be the saddest day of my life when puyi retires.
    xavi is another great who is going to leave enormous boots to fill. but that can be somewhat tackled with lots of quality, something our midfielders seem to have.
    but the hole, puyol is going to leave behind is going to be hard to fill. almost next to impossible.

  13. hammeronmessi
    December 28, 2011

    Think about that for a good spell, given the talent & depth we crank out of La Masia. It’s both inspiring and scary…certainly one can engrain total football at a young age, but how do you nurture heart? Or can you at all? The best means possible is likely to have others play with him and learn by example, but who will step up once he’s gone.

    loved this.thanks eljefe.

    puyol is our el capitan.

  14. hammeronmessi
    December 28, 2011

    in a sense madrid is missing someone like puyol,although iker is madrid through and through he is not an outfield player.the players who are now playing for madrid dont understand or embodies the concept of madrisimo,like raul or hiero.

    the background music is as awesome as puyols tackle.

    • hammeronmessi
      December 28, 2011

      so you are not the lilian thuram imposter.

  15. Xingxian
    December 28, 2011

    I was going to make another comment today but can someone in Spanish tell me if Iker Casillas’ facebook status means what the translate function says it does?

    Quiero anunciar desde aquí, mi Facebook oficial, que finalizo mi carrera en mi club este año que acaba, para afrontar nuevos retos fuera de el. He vivido momentos maravillosos que espero que continúen en mi futuro mas cercano. En las próximas horas os contare mas detalles. Gracias por estar ahí siempre!!
    I wish to announce here, my official Facebook, that ended my career in my club this year just, to face new challenges outside of the. I have lived wonderful moments that I hope to continue in my future more close. In the coming hours I will tell you more details. Thanks for always being there! (Translated by Bing)


    • Xingxian
      December 28, 2011

      I’m reading the comment thread.
      A word that keeps cropping up is Inocente.
      I’m not going to look into this further, and just see what develops 🙂

      • Xingxian
        December 28, 2011

        Wait, I kind of lied. As I was closing browser tabs, I noticed this:
        Día de los Inocentes -> 28th December, ≅ April Fools’ Day

        • nzm
          December 28, 2011

          Yup – it’s the Spanish equivalent of April Fools’ Day today.

          VV posted that he was receovering from a sharkbite! 😀

  16. December 28, 2011

    Can we trust Juan Mata?:

    The legend David Villa is now with us in Twitter!! @Guaje7Villa. Follow him!!

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      December 28, 2011

      lol, if you doubt Juan Mata, trust our capita 😛

      carles5puyol : “Ya tenemos un compañero + en twitter @Guaje7Villa . Bienvenido hermano. Un abrazo!!!!”

    • BarcaGirl_Indo
      December 28, 2011

      I’m downloading it now, thanks!

  17. Xingxian
    December 28, 2011

    Wait, I posted a comment and it is ‘awaiting moderation’. Is this because there is a youtube link in it?

    • December 28, 2011

      It’s because you had two links in it. It’s part of the spam protection. But your comment has been freed! Yay!

  18. December 28, 2011

    FYI, everyone, your hard-working gnomes at BFB have been working to secure an advance copy of the Graham Hunter book, for review in this very space. So stay tuned, like we have to tell anyone that. The writer will probably be me, unless we can find someone literate to take it on.

    • Helge
      December 29, 2011

      Great news, looking forward to it!

      First a mention by Ray Hudson, now an exclusive collaboration with Graham Hunter. We should be proud of this gem which is BFB 🙂

    • nzm
      December 29, 2011

      According to barcastuff, that interview is a fake?

  19. Anonymous_69
    December 28, 2011

    Remember when Puyol used to dribble more than Messi? I think it was pre Goatskins era, Puyol was faster and less disciplined. I remember constantly taking players on, and coming out with the ball most times! He can look very awkward and robust on the ball, only doing simple passes, but that’s just at first glance. He was/is great on the ball when he wants to be.

    • December 28, 2011

      Yeah, I remember. Puyi’s always had better than average ball skills, but the obsession with the ‘heart and determination’ aspect plus his own robust playing style means it’s often overlooked.

      I mean, the man’s trained against the likes of Ronaldinho, Leo Messi, Iniesta etc. He’s seen everything and probably picked up some of it.

    • K_legit in Oz
      December 29, 2011

      You remember that run he made against mallorca and won a penalty? It was in Pep’s first season..I so wanted Puyol to take the penalty then but it was Eto’o who did!

  20. blitzen
    December 28, 2011

    Someday they will build a statue of this man at the Camp Nou.

    • K_legit in Oz
      December 29, 2011

      They should have built one already 😐

    • Chiu
      December 29, 2011

      Thiery Henry have one in Emirates stadium.

      And we all agree Puyol contribution to Barca is equivalent or even more than that to deserve a statue 🙂

    • December 29, 2011

      They probably will soon as he hangs up his boots. If not, BFB must send a team to do the job.

  21. OSBAG
    December 29, 2011

    whoooooooooooo… these are trhe reasons why puyi is so great and important to this club

  22. December 29, 2011

    I wonder how Puyi would be against Messi in a competitive game (the ARG-ESP friendly doesn’t count). I’m sure he doesn’t go all caveman ballistic on Messi in trainings so it would be interesting to see who gets the better of who more often.

    An ARG-ESP final in 2014 would be a dream matchup, albeit a bittersweet one. Would want them BOTH to win and would end up crying regardless of the result. Which is why I’m all for an ARG-BRA final.

  23. December 29, 2011

    So I had a dream last night that I was standing next to Pep at an EE game at the Bernaboo. We lost and Pep was close to tears. I spent the next week consoling him and ensuring him we would kick their behinds in the return.

    Then, in the dressing room of the return, El Guaje pops up out of the blue. He is 6’5 for some reason, built like a truck and raring to go. He made us both feel better.

    Maybe it’s a sign that Maravilla will be back better than ever towards the business end of the season to kick ass and take names, EE names preferably.

    Oh, and the dream ended with me swimming in a pool of sea water, murky as a swamp. You can’t explain that!

  24. June 12, 2012

    June 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm
    Bad finishing from Torres. Should have scored two goals (or one goal plus given an assist).

    I hope Llorente starts next match

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