Busquets at the 2015 UEFA Super Cup
|Full name||Sergio Busquets Burgos|
|Date of birth||16 July 1988|
|Place of birth||Sabadell, Spain|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|* 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.
Born in Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Busquets began playing football with local team CD Badia del Vallès, followed by spells with CEF Barberà Andalucía, UE Lleida and UFB Jàbac Terrassa, 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.
On 13 September 2008 Busquets played his first La Liga match, featuring 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Racing de Santander. 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; 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.
On 22 December 2008 Busquets signed a contract extension until 2013, with a buy-out clause of €80 million. 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, 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. 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.
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. 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).
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.
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.
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. This made Barcelona the first club in history to win the treble of domestic league, domestic cup and European Cup twice. 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.
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. 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.
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. His second international goal came during the same qualification campaign on 15 November 2014 in a 3–0 win over Belarus in Huelva, Spain.
Style of play
Busquets is usually deployed as either a central or defensive midfielder, although he is also capable of playing as a central defender. 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. 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. 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." 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. 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.
In 2014, Busquets started a relationship with Elena Galera, with the couple fathering a son, Enzo (born 2016).
|Club||Season||League||Copa del Rey||Europe||Other||Total|
- All appearances in UEFA Champions League
- Ten appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup
- Two appearances in Supercopa de España, two appearances and one goal in FIFA Club World Cup
- Appearances in Supercopa de España
- Ten appearances in UEFA Champions League, one appearance in UEFA Super Cup
- one appearance in Supercopa de España, one appearance in FIFA Club World Cup
- As of match played 24 March 2017
- Scores and results list Spain's goal tally first.
|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|
- La Liga: 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Copa del Rey: 2008–09, 2011–12, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Supercopa de España: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016
- UEFA Champions League: 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15
- UEFA Super Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015
- FIFA Club World Cup: 2009, 2011, 2015
- FIFA World Cup: 2010
- UEFA European Championship: 2012
- FIFA Confederations Cup: Runner-up 2013; Third Place 2009
- Bravo Award: 2009
- La Liga's Breakthrough Player: 2009
- La Liga Team of the Season: 2015–16
- UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2012
- UEFA Champions League Team of the Season: 2014–15
- "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 29. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
- Jugadores salidos de Badia (Departed players Badia); CD Badia del Vallès, 20 December 2015 (Spanish)
- Sergio Busquets (Sergio Busquets); Sport, 20 December 2015 (Spanish)
- Sergio Busquets completa un viaje vertiginoso que en 8 meses le ha llevado de Tercera a la selección (Sergio Busquets completes metheoric journey that took him from Tercera to national team in 8 months); El Periódico, 7 February 2009 (Spanish)
- "Trata de arrancarlo, Pep" [Get this thing started, Pep] (in Spanish). Marca. 13 September 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
- "Basel overwhelmed by five-star Barça". UEFA.com. 22 October 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
- "Shakhtar brush aside youthful Barcelona". UEFA.com. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2010.
- "Busquets thrilled to commit future to Barça". UEFA.com. 22 December 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
- "Busquets signs new Barcelona contract". Tribal Football. 23 December 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2008.
- Barcelona responds like a true champion; The New York Times, 25 November 2009
- Distractions looming as Barca bid for the double; BBC, 16 March 2010
- Giles Mole (29 April 2010). "Barcelona v Inter Milan: Thiago Motta fumes at Sergio Busquets' 'terrible behaviour'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
- Lyon, Sam (2010-04-28). "BBC Sport - Football - Barcelona 1-0 Inter (agg 2-3)". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-08-09.
- Pete Jenson (30 April 2010). "Banned Motta asks Uefa to act over Busquets 'theatre'". The Independent. Retrieved 29 April 2010.
- Paul Hayward (2 May 2010). "Fair Play 0, Foul Play 1 – a cynical classic from the Camp Nou conmen". Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- Busquets signs new Barca deal; ESPN Soccernet, 27 January 2011
- "Brilliant Barcelona outgun ten-man Arsenal". UEFA.com. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- Ten-man Chelsea hold off Barça to reach final; UEFA.com, 24 April 2012
- "Barcelona renews Sergio Busquets' contract through 2018". Sports Illustrated. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
- Www.Fcbarcelona.Cat. "Sergio Busquets inherits the legendary number 5 shirt". FC Barcelona. Retrieved 2014-08-09.
- "Barcelona see off Juventus to claim fifth title". UEFA. 6 June 2015.
- "Barça make history with second treble!". FC Barcelona. 6 June 2015.
- "Lista de convocados para el amistoso ante Inglaterra (Callup for friendly with England)" (in Spanish). Real Federación Española de Fútbol. 6 February 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2009.
- Del Bosque: "Si yo fuera jugador me gustaría parecerme a Busquets" (Del Bosque: "If I were a player, I would like to be like Busquets"); Libertad Digital, 22 June 2010 (Spanish)
- "Euro 2016 qualifiers: Spain back in groove with easy win over Macedonia". The Guardian. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
- Hunter, Graham (15 November 2014). "Much-changed Spain dominate Belarus". UEFA. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- "El fútbol se lo robaron a la gente" ("The people were robbed of football"); El País, 11 July 2011 (Spanish)
- "Sergio Busquets Burgos". fcbarcelona.cat. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
- "Sergio Busquets: Barcelona's best supporting actor sets the stage". The Guardian. 27 May 2011. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
- Michael Cox (12 May 2015). "Champions League semis showcase changing role of deep-lying midfielder". ESPN FC. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
- Michael Cox (23 August 2016). "Disappointing lack of deep-lying playmakers in the Premier League". ESPN FC. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
- Ahmed Shahin (21 March 2015). "FC Barcelona v Real Madrid CF: El Clásico Combined XI - When Stars Collide". Barca Blaugranes. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
- Bostjan Cernensek (31 March 2011). "Getting To Know: Sergio Busquets". Barca Blaugranes. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
- "Busquets: "Play-acting? It's being smart"". Marca. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
- "Tú, tranquilo; ya me pondré nervioso yo" ("You, be cool; i'll be nervous for two"); El País, 26 May 2009 (Spanish)
- El hijo de Sergio Busquets se llama Enzo (The son of Sergio Busquets is called Enzo); Sport, 10 March 2016 (Spanish)
- "All Barça's football | FCBarcelona.cat". Fcbarcelona.com. Retrieved 2016-03-04.
- "Busquets". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 July 2014.
- Sergio Busquets at National-Football-Teams.com
- "Sergio Busquets". eu-football.info. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- "Sergio's profile". FCBarcelona.com. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
- "UEFA Champions League squad of the season". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
- "Los campeones del mundo de fútbol ya tienen la Real Orden del Mérito Deportivo" [The football World Champions already have the Royal Order of Sporting Merit] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 5 January 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sergio Busquets.|