Carles Busquets

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Carles Busquets
Personal information
Full name Carles Busquets i Barroso
Date of birth (1967-07-19) 19 July 1967 (age 47)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1981–1987 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1992 Barcelona B 61 (0)
1990–1999 Barcelona 79 (0)
1999–2002 Lleida 108 (0)
Total 248 (0)
National team
1983 Spain U16 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Busquets and the second or maternal family name is Barroso.

Carles Busquets i Barroso (born 19 July 1967) is a Spanish former footballer who played as a goalkeeper, mostly for Barcelona.

Football career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Busquets was an FC Barcelona graduate who possessed very good technical skills for a player in his position,[1][2] and he made his La Liga debut for the first team on 7 November 1993 in a 2–1 home win over Racing de Santander,[3] going on to appear in the following two games. However, he was mostly back-up for Spanish international Andoni Zubizarreta during his first years; he did manage to feature in the 1990–91 European Cup Winners' Cup final in a 1–2 loss against Manchester United, with two goals from Mark Hughes.[4]

After Zubizarreta left for Valencia CF Busquets played 69 league matches in two seasons combined,[5] and was also on goal in the 4–0 thrashing of Manchester United in the group stage of 1994–95's UEFA Champions League,[6] but during this period Barça failed to win any silverware. For the following campaigns he was again back-up, first to Portugal's Vítor Baía then Dutchman Ruud Hesp, and also clashed with new manager Louis van Gaal.[7]

Until his retirement in October 2002 Busquets played a further four seasons with neighbouring UE Lleida, spending two apiece in Segunda División and Segunda División B.[8] Afterwards he joined Barcelona's coaching staff, and worked with the goalkeepers.[9][10]




Busquets' son, Sergio,[11] also a product of Barcelona's youth system, was promoted to the main squad for 2008–09, playing as a defensive midfielder. He reached the national team the following year, winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as a starter.


  1. ^ "Busquets: de vocación... ¡ariete!" [Busquets: by calling... striker!] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 22 July 1990. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Estoy bien en el Barça. Es mi casa" [I feel fine in Barça. It is my home] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 24 June 1997. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "‘Busi’, un extraño en la familia" [‘Busi’, stranger to the family] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 8 November 1993. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Cup Winners' Cup 1990–91". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Busquets coge confianza" [Busquets gaining in confidence] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 29 August 1994. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Barcelona 4–0 Man. United". 2 November 1994. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Me ha faltado al respeto" [He disrespected me] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 22 June 1999. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Busquets llora en su despedida como futbolista" [Busquets cries in farewell as a footballer] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 16 October 2002. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Busi ya imparte lecciones de portero" [Busi already giving goalkeeping lessons] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 26 July 2003. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Carles Busquets, nuevo entrenador de porteros del Barcelona (Carles Busquets, new Barcelona goalkeeper coach); 20 Minutos, 18 July 2010 (Spanish)
  11. ^ "Tú, tranquilo; ya me pondré nervioso yo" ("You, be cool; i'll be nervous for two"); El País, 26 May 2009 (Spanish)

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