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World Cup 2002


Player to watch: Puyol

Full name: Carles Puyol Satorcada
Date of birth: 13 April 1978

A typical product of Barcelona's youth scheme, he made his debut with Barça C in 1994. After playing several years in the lower divisions, he was due to move to Málaga on loan in 1999. However he preferred to stay on the books of Barça B, and after making his mark as a substitute against Real Madrid, he became a regular member of the first team.

He is a strong and versatile defender who can also contribute to attack down the flanks, and has been chosen by Camacho ahead of Michel Salgado for this World Cup. Thought by many to have been the best player at Barcelona over the last twelve months, he was a shining light in an otherwise poor season for his club. Naturally plays at right back , allthough he can play anywhere in the back four and we may well see him in the centre of defence in this tournament.