Carles Busquets

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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
Personal information
Full name Carles Busquets Barroso
Date of birth (1967-07-19) 19 July 1967 (age 49)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 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.

Carles Busquets Barroso (Catalan: [busˈkɛts];[1] born 19 July 1967) is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, mostly for Barcelona.

Football career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Busquets was a FC Barcelona graduate who possessed very good technical skills for a player in his position,[2][3] 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,[4] 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.[5]

After Zubizarreta left for Valencia CF Busquets played 69 league matches in two seasons combined,[6] and was also on goal in the 4–0 thrashing of Manchester United in the group stage of 1994–95's UEFA Champions League,[7] 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.[8]

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.[9] Afterwards he joined Barcelona's coaching staff, and worked with the goalkeepers.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

Busquets' son, Sergio,[12] 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. ^ "How to pronounce Carles Busquets". Forvo. 12 October 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Busquets: de vocación... ¡ariete!" [Busquets: by calling... striker!] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 22 July 1990. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Estoy bien en el Barça. Es mi casa" [I feel fine in Barça. It is my home] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 24 June 1997. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "'Busi', un extraño en la familia" [‘Busi’, stranger to the family] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 8 November 1993. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Cup Winners' Cup 1990–91". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Busquets coge confianza" [Busquets gaining in confidence] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 29 August 1994. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Barcelona 4–0 Man. United". 2 November 1994. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Me ha faltado al respeto" [He disrespected me] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 22 June 1999. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "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. 
  10. ^ "Busi ya imparte lecciones de portero" [Busi already giving goalkeeping lessons] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 26 July 2003. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  11. ^ Carles Busquets, nuevo entrenador de porteros del Barcelona (Carles Busquets, new Barcelona goalkeeper coach); 20 Minutos, 18 July 2010 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ "Tú, tranquilo; ya me pondré nervioso yo" ("You, be cool; i'll be nervous for two"); El País, 26 May 2009 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ "Barça de titanes" [Titanic Barça] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 29 June 1997. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "La Copa más histórica" [The most historical Cup] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 30 April 1998. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Cruyff ya tiene su cuarto título" [Cruyff already has his fourth title] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 30 October 1991. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  16. ^ "El Barça juega como quiere en el Manzanares" [Barça plays at will at the Manzanares] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 12 November 1992. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "El Barça paga un precio muy alto" [Barça pays a heavy price] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 31 August 1994. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  18. ^ "Título con súper-susto" [Title with mega-scare] (in Spanish). Mundo Deportivo. 29 August 1996. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  19. ^ "Sampdoria 0–1 Barcelona". 20 May 1992. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  20. ^ "1996/97: Ronaldo spot on for Barça". 14 May 1997. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  21. ^ "1992: Goikoetxea wins it for Barcelona". 1 April 1993. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 
  22. ^ "1997: Barça in command". Retrieved 16 February 2015. 

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