The captains of the five professional sports teams, Puyol (football), Navarro (basketball), Tomàs (handball), Egurrola (roller hockey) and Torras (futsal), have all come up through the youth ranks of the Club
The five captains of FC Barcelona’s professional teams for the 2012/13 season all have one thing in common: they all learnt their trade in the Club’s youth academies. Carles Puyol, Juan Carlos Navarro, Victor Tomàs, Aitor Egurrola and Jordi Torras are steeped in the history and sentiments of the Club.
Puyol: the heart
Carles Puyol entered the Masia in 1995. He made his first team debut four years later and quickly carved out a place for himself. He’s been team captain since Luis Enrique left in 2004. At the age of 34, Puyol is still a regular member of the Barça defensive line-up and is second in the ranking of competitive games played in the history of the Club.
Juan Carlos Navarro joined the Barça boys squad in 1991, making his first team debut in 1997. He’s spent his entire career with Barça except for a brief spell in the NBA in the 2007/08 season. When Roger Grimau left in the summer of 2011, he became captain of Barça Regal.
Victor Tomás has been playing handball for Barça since he joined the Club as a cadet in 1998, making his first team debut in 2002/03. The 26-year-old is one of the most charismatic and influential players in the Palau and recently inherited the captain’s armband from Lazlo Nagy.
Aitor Egurrola was born in Barcelona in 1980 and joined Barça in 1995. He made his competitive debut in goal for the roller hockey team in 1998 where he would learn from a master - Carles Folguera. Fourteen years later, he in turn is helping to develop one of the most promising goalkeepers of the future, Sergi Fernandez. With the retirement of Beto Borregán, Egurrola is now the senior captain of the side managed by Gaby Cairo.
Jordi Torras came up through the futsal youth ranks and in 1996, at the tender age of 16, made his first team debut in what was then a semi-pro team. In 2003 he moved on to further his pro career, returning to the Palau in 2010 with a long list of honours. He’s won the lot in two historic seasons with Barça Alusport and now, at the age of 32, his team-mates have chosen him to take over from Javi Rodriguez as team captain.