Puñal in training with Osasuna
|Full name||Francisco Puñal Martínez|
|Date of birth||6 September 1975|
|Place of birth||Pamplona, Spain|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 1⁄2 in)|
|1999–2001||→ Leganés (loan)||62||(11)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2013.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Pamplona, Navarre, Puñal played his entire career with CA Osasuna, save for two on-loan seasons with Madrid's CD Leganés, in Segunda División. His first official game for the main squad came on 15 June 1997 in a 1–1 away draw against SD Eibar, in the same category.
After his loan spell Puñal returned as an automatic first-choice, scoring his first La Liga goal on 27 October 2001 at already 26, in a 4–0 home win over RCD Mallorca. In Osasuna's 2005–06 historical league campaign, he netted four in 34 matches.
On 29 November 2006, as the club went on to reach the last-four in the UEFA Cup, Puñal scored three times (one in his net) in a 3–1 home win against Odense Boldklub, in the group stage. He appeared in nearly 50 official contests that season.
From 2007–10 (aged 32–35), veteran Puñal continued to figure prominently for Osasuna, appearing in exactly 100 league games (scoring twice through penalties, in a 2–0 win at Getafe CF and a 1–2 home loss against Real Madrid, both goals coming during the 2007–08 season), and also being the club's undisputed captain after the retirement of César Cruchaga. During those three seasons combined, he was booked a total of 37 times.
Puñal finished 2012 on a high note, being a father for the first time and having appeared in a total of 470 official matches for his main club, a best-ever (he obtained the record after his 464th official appearance on 21 October, against Real Betis). On 26 May 2013 he again entered the team's history books, netting from 30 meters and contributing to a 2–1 home win against Sevilla FC which certified permanence in the top division for another year, with one game remaining.
- Patxi Puñal, la imparable leyenda 'rojilla', alcanza el récord de partidos con Osasuna (Patxi Puñal, the unstoppable 'rojilla' legend, reaches record of games with Osasuna); Diario de Navarra, 7 October 2012 (Spanish)
- Puñal puts Osasuna on brink; UEFA.com, 29 November 2006
- Getafe 0–2 Osasuna; ESPN Soccernet, 30 March 2008
- Osasuna 1–2 Real Madrid; ESPN Soccernet, 4 May 2008
- Patxi Puñal nunca podrá olvidar un año como 2012 (Patxi Puñal will never forget a year like 2012); Marca, 27 December 2012 (Spanish)
- Cejudo earns the points; ESPN FC, 26 May 2013
- Osasuna official profile (Spanish)
- BDFutbol profile
- Futbolme profile (Spanish)
- Transfermarkt profile