Sergio Busquets

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Sergio Busquets
2015 UEFA Super Cup 61.jpg
Busquets at the 2015 UEFA Super Cup
Personal information
Full name Sergio Busquets Burgos[1]
Date of birth (1988-07-16) 16 July 1988 (age 28)
Place of birth Sabadell, Spain
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 5
Youth career
1995–1996 Badia
1996–1999 Barberà Andalucía
1999–2003 Lleida
2003–2005 Jàbac Terrassa
2005–2007 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006 Barcelona C 1 (0)
2007–2008 Barcelona B 32 (1)
2008– Barcelona 270 (6)
National team
2008–2009 Spain U21 3 (1)
2009– Spain 95 (2)
2008– Catalonia 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:55, 20 March 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 24 March 2017

Sergio Busquets Burgos (Catalan: [busˈkɛts], Spanish pronunciation: [ˈserxjo βusˈkets]; born 16 July 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for FC Barcelona and the Spain national team.

He was a relatively obscure player when he arrived in Barcelona's first team in July 2008, but eventually made a name for himself as one of the best central midfielders in a relatively short period of time, reaching the Spanish national team less than one year after making his professional club debut.

Busquets helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup and the Euro 2012 tournaments. He also represented the nation at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, earning 95 caps in total.

Club career[edit]

Born in Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Busquets began playing football with local team CD Badia del Vallès,[2] followed by spells with CEF Barberà Andalucía, UE Lleida and UFB Jàbac Terrassa,[3] before joining FC Barcelona's youth ranks in 2005. He scored seven goals in 26 games for the Juvenil A team in his second season and, two years later, Busquets was promoted to the B-team under Pep Guardiola, and helped him achieve promotion to the third division. In that same season he would make his first-team debut, coming on as a substitute in a Catalonia Cup match.

"Positionally, he seems like a veteran with or without the ball. With the ball he makes what is difficult look easy: he disposes of the ball with one or two touches. Without the ball, he gives us a lesson: that of being in the right place to intercept and running just to recover the ball."

Johan Cruyff, 15 September 2008[4]

On 13 September 2008 Busquets played his first La Liga match, featuring 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Racing de Santander.[5] During Barcelona's UEFA Champions League match against FC Basel at St. Jakob-Park on 22 October 2008, he scored the second goal in the 15th minute in a 5–0 group stage win;[6] in early December, in another start, he scored his second with Barça in the competition, netting in the 83rd minute of a 2–3 home loss against FC Shakhtar Donetsk.[7]

Busquets (left) facing Arsenal in a Champions League match in 2011.

On 22 December 2008 Busquets signed a contract extension until 2013, with a buy-out clause of 80 million.[8][9] On 7 March of the following year he scored his first league goal, in a 2–0 home win over Athletic Bilbao. On 27 May, having been regularly played as he competed for the spot with internationals Seydou Keita and Yaya Touré, he also featured in Barcelona's starting eleven in the Champions League final, a 2–0 win over Manchester United; with that victory, Carles and Sergio Busquets became only the third father-and-son combo to both have won Europe's top club competition playing for the same team, joining Manuel Sanchís Martínez and Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo (won it with Real Madrid) and Cesare Maldini and Paolo Maldini (A.C. Milan).

Busquets' fine form continued in the 2009–10 season,[10][11] with Guardiola preferring him to Touré as Barcelona's central holding midfielder, developing a fine playing relationship with Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta, which would see Barcelona go on to win La Liga for the 20th time in their history.

In the Champions League semi-final against Inter Milan at Camp Nou on 28 April 2010, he went down to the ground after Thiago Motta had raised his arm and appeared to push Busquets in the face.[12] As a result of this action, Motta was shown a red card and dismissed for violent conduct. Busquets was subsequently criticised by Motta and the media for apparently feigning injury.[12][13][14][15]

Busquets was again ever-present for Barcelona in the 2010–11 campaign, even playing as a central defender on occasion. On 27 January 2011 he signed a contract extension that would keep him at the club until 2015 – the buyout clause was increased to €150 million.[16] On 8 March, playing at centre back, he scored an own goal from a corner kick against Arsenal, in the season's Champions League round-of-16, levelling the score at 1–1; Barcelona eventually won the game 3–1 (and 4–3 on aggregate).[17]

Busquets (far left) has worn No.5 for Barcelona since inheriting that number from Carles Puyol in 2014

On 24 April 2012, Busquets scored a rare goal – only his sixth official one in four seasons – netting from an easy tap-in after an Isaac Cuenca cross to make it 1–0 for the hosts in the season's Champions League semi-finals' second leg against Chelsea, but Barça could only draw 2–2 against ten men, losing 2–3 on aggregate.[18]

On 16 July 2013, the day he celebrated his 25th birthday, Busquets agreed to a contract extension until 2018, with the buyout clause remaining unaltered.[19]

On 1 August 2014, after the retirement of Carles Puyol, and at Puyol's personal request, Busquets was given the number 5 shirt for the 2014–15 La Liga season.[20]

On 6 June 2015, Sergio Busquets started for Barça in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final, as the club won its fifth European Cup by beating Juventus at Berlin's Olympiastadion.[21] This made Barcelona the first club in history to win the treble of domestic league, domestic cup and European Cup twice.[22] Busquets, Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta, Xavi, Pedro, Gerard Piqué and Dani Alves are the only players to have been a part of both treble-winning teams.[22]

International career[edit]

Busquets in action for Spain.

On 11 October 2008 Busquets earned his first cap for Spain's under-21 in their 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification play-offs first-leg away match against Switzerland. He scored in the 17th minute of a 2–1 loss, though Spain eventually emerged victorious 4–3 on aggregate.

On 11 February 2009 Busquets was called up to the senior squad for a friendly against England.[23] He was named as a substitute for a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Turkey on 28 March 2009. He made his debut for La Furia Roja in the return match on 1 April 2009, playing 16 minutes in a 2–1 win in Istanbul after replacing David Silva.

"If I were a player, I would like to be like Busquets."

Vicente del Bosque, June 2010[24]

Busquets was selected by manager Vicente del Bosque for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, assuming the holding midfielder role naturalized Brazilian Marcos Senna had previously occupied in the conquest of UEFA Euro 2008. He played all of the tournament's games and minutes for the eventual world champions, save the last 30 minutes of the 0–1 group-stage loss against Switzerland.

On 8 September 2014, Busquets scored his first international goal in a 5–1 win over Macedonia during Euro 2016 qualifying.[25] His second international goal came during the same qualification campaign on 15 November 2014 in a 3–0 win over Belarus in Huelva, Spain.[26]

Style of play[edit]

"He's one of the greatest talents that has been given to Spanish football. This is a discovery. The first time I saw Busquets playing, I called a friend and said: ‘I saw a player from an extinct species’. He's a star."

César Luis Menotti, July 2011[27]

Busquets is usually deployed as either a central or defensive midfielder, although he is also capable of playing as a central defender.[28] Busquets is known for the pivotal midfield-anchor role that he plays for both Barcelona and the Spanish national side; a hard-working player, he excels at breaking down opposition plays due to his positional sense, defensive attributes, tactical intelligence, and ability to read the game.[28][29] Due to his vision, ball control, technical skills, and accurate passing ability, he rarely relinquishes possession, and alongside Andrés Iniesta and Ivan Rakitić he also plays an important creative role in setting his team's tempo in midfield as a deep-lying playmaker through his passing game.[29][30][31] Vicente Del Bosque has highly praised Busquets, saying, "If you watch the whole game, you won't see Busquets—but watch Busquets, and you will see the whole game."[32] Busquets's height also allows him to be effective in the air, and enables him to advance into more offensive positions on occasion, providing an additional attacking outlet for his team.[33] Busquets has been largely accused of diving by the media on a number of occasions due to opposition players being wrongly booked or even sent-off during the game because of his excessive play-acting and protests. However, in response to these criticisms, he has defended diving in football as intelligent play.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Busquets' father, Carles, was also a footballer, having played as goalkeeper for Barcelona for several years during the 1990s, although almost exclusively as a backup.[35]

In 2014, Busquets started a relationship with Elena Galera, with the couple fathering a son, Enzo (born 2016).[36]

Career statistics[edit]

Busquets executing a bicycle kick against Dynamo Kyiv, 2009


As of match played 20 March 2017[37][38]
Club Season League Copa del Rey Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2007–08 30 1 30 1
2008–09 2 0 2 0
Total 32 1 32 1
Barcelona 2008–09 24 1 9 0 8[a] 2 41 3
2009–10 33 0 4 0 11[b] 0 4[c] 1 52 1
2010–11 28 1 5 0 12[a] 0 1[d] 0 46 1
2011–12 31 1 8 0 11[e] 1 2[f] 0 52 2
2012–13 31 1 4 0 8[a] 0 2[d] 0 45 1
2013–14 32 1 5 1 9[a] 1 2[d] 0 48 3
2014–15 33 1 4 0 10[a] 0 47 1
2015–16 35 0 5 0 9[a] 0 4 0 53 0
2016–17 23 0 4 0 7 0 2 0 36 0
Total 270 6 48 1 85 4 15 1 420 12
Career total 302 7 48 1 85 4 15 1 452 13
  1. ^ a b c d e f All appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ Ten appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  3. ^ Two appearances in Supercopa de España, two appearances and one goal in FIFA Club World Cup
  4. ^ a b c Appearances in Supercopa de España
  5. ^ Ten appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup
  6. ^ one appearance in Supercopa de España, one appearance in FIFA Club World Cup


Busquets wearing his World Cup winners' medal
As of match played 24 March 2017[39]
National team Year Apps Goals
Spain 2009 10 0
2010 16 0
2011 11 0
2012 14 0
2013 12 0
2014 11 2
2015 8 0
2016 12 0
2017 1 0
Total 95 2

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first.[40]
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 8 September 2014 Estadi Ciutat de València, Valencia, Spain  Macedonia 3–1 5–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
2. 15 November 2014 Estadio Nuevo Colombino, Huelva, Spain  Belarus 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying


A group of association football players, who played for FC Barcelona at the time of the photo, lifting their coach after winning their second FIFA Club World Cup.
Busquets (wearing No.16) helps his Barcelona clubmates hoist manager Pep Guardiola after they won the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.





Xavi and Busquets with the Henri Delaunay Trophy after Spain won UEFA EURO 2012. Busquets is wearing the scarf of his youth team, Badia.




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  2. ^ Jugadores salidos de Badia (Departed players Badia); CD Badia del Vallès, 20 December 2015 (Spanish)
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  16. ^ Busquets signs new Barca deal; ESPN Soccernet, 27 January 2011
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  18. ^ Ten-man Chelsea hold off Barça to reach final;, 24 April 2012
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  27. ^ "El fútbol se lo robaron a la gente" ("The people were robbed of football"); El País, 11 July 2011 (Spanish)
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  35. ^ "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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