On 11 July 2010, five years ago to the day, Carles Puyol had one of the most emotional experiences of his career with Spain’s 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in the Final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
After seven exhausting games, a solitary strike from Andres Iniesta on a cold evening in Johannesburg secured the coveted title, allowing Spain and Puyol to lay to rest eight years of frustration in the competition. From his maiden tournament appearance at Korea/Japan 2002, where he scored an own-goal against Paraguay, to the painful elimination at the hands of France in 2006, World Cup success had proved maddeningly elusive for the central defender and his compatriots.
To mark the fifth anniversary of that unforgettable night in South Africa, FIFA.com asked the former Barcelona stalwart to look back on five moments of personal significance from his World Cup adventures. These include frustrations, goals, a roulette move Zinedine Zidane would have been proud of, and his encounters with the trophy itself. To see the full video interview, click on the link and relive some wonderful World Cup moments.