captain's facebook:  Good evening.  I'm very happy to reach 100 matches with the national team, very proud of everything that we've achieved.  but we want more.  cheers!

captain’s facebook: Good evening. I’m very happy to reach 100 matches with the national team, very proud of everything that we’ve achieved. but we want more. cheers!

 

After what seemed like an eternity, Puyi finally earned his 100th cap for La Roja, etching his name next to an elite few, and becoming the first defender to do so.  He was captain for the first 45 minutes against Uruguay, and was given a commemorative little oryx by the Qatari hosts at halftime.  i was so relieved when he was finally subbed out.  injury-free puyi >>> shirtless puyi.

Here are the match highlights, plus some photos:

capita / centenario

capita / centenario

 

i make this yellow kit look hot!

i make this yellow kit look hot!

 

for lia

for lia

 

super pedro

super pedro

 

magic iniesta

lightning iniesta

 

where was busi, you ask?  where he always is, doing what he always does — in the background, quietly and inconspicuously working his magic.

of course puyi had to make the match memorable with a goal… and the linesman had to make it more memorable by saying he was offside.  MAYBE i’m biased, but he was not.

here’s the halftime tribute with a short montage of some scenes with the national team.  poor captain!! he looked so painfully shy alone on the pitch🙂

for a nice trip down memory lane, check out the gallery from el pais, featuring puyi’s journey with the seleccion since his debut more than a decade ago.  his hair in photo#6 is wild! … wilder than usual, that is :)  http://deportes.elpais.com/deportes/2013/02/06/album-01/1360172557_987218.html

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post-match photos from the guys:

congratulations on your 100 matches Puyi! A total example to follow!!  Happy for the victory -- Iniesta's facebook

congratulations on your 100 matches Puyi! A total example to follow!! Happy for the victory — Iniesta’s facebook

 

Pedro’s twitter– Congratulations to my teammate Carles Puyol for his 10oth match with the seleccion. I hope there will be many more, crack!

Good result in the #friendly match against Uruguay! Congratulations @Carles5puyol for your 100 matches with Spain! - Cesc's twitter

Good result in the #friendly match against Uruguay! Congratulations @Carles5puyol for your 100 matches with Spain! – Cesc’s twitter

 

Great win against Uruguay in the match 100 of the 'Tiburon' @Carles5puyol with the National Team! Congratulations! -- Villa's twitter

Great win against Uruguay in the match 100 of the ‘Tiburon’ @Carles5puyol with the National Team! Congratulations! — Villa’s twitter

 

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#Puyol100🙂

 

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