Sergio Busquets

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Sergio Busquets
Sergio Busquets 2018.jpg
Busquets playing for Spain at the 2018 World Cup
Personal information
Full name Sergio Busquets Burgos[1]
Date of birth (1988-07-16) 16 July 1988 (age 30)[2]
Place of birth Sabadell, Spain
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)[2]
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)
2007–2008 Barcelona B 25 (2)
2008– Barcelona 311 (7)
National team
2008–2009 Spain U21 3 (1)
2009– Spain 107 (2)
2008– Catalonia 8 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 16:45, 1 July 2018 (UTC)

Sergio Busquets Burgos (Catalan: [busˈkɛts],[3] Spanish: [ˈserxjo βusˈkets];[A] born 16 July 1988) is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Barcelona and the Spanish national team.

He arrived in Barcelona's first team in July 2008, and eventually made a name for himself in a relatively short period of time. He reached the Spain national team less than one year after making his senior club debut.

Busquets helped Spain win the 2010 World Cup and the Euro 2012 tournaments. He also represented the nation at two other World Cups and Euro 2016.

Club career

Born in Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia, Busquets began playing football with local team CD Badia del Vallès,[4] followed by spells with CEF Barberà Andalucía, UE Lleida and UFB Jàbac Terrassa,[5] before joining Barcelona's youth ranks in 2005.[6] 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.[7][8] In that same season he would make his first-team debut, coming on as a substitute in the Copa Catalunya.[9]

"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[10]

On 13 September 2008, Busquets played his first La Liga match, featuring 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw to Racing de Santander.[11] During Barcelona's UEFA Champions League clash against 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;[12] 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 Shaktar Donetsk.[13]

Busquets attending a press conference for Barcelona in 2009

On 22 December 2008, Busquets signed a contract extension until 2013 with a buy-out clause of €80 million.[14][15] On 7 March 2009 he scored his first league goal, in a 2–0 home win over Athletic Bilbao.[16] 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).[17]

Busquets' fine form continued in the 2009–10 campaign,[18][19] with Guardiola preferring him to Touré as Barcelona's central holding midfielder. 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.[20] As a result of this action, the former was shown a red card and dismissed for violent conduct, whilst the latter was subsequently criticised by both Motta and the media for apparently feigning injury.[20][21][22][23]

Busquets was again ever-present in 2010–11, even playing as a central defender on occasion.[24][25] 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.[26] 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).[27]

On 24 April 2012, Busquets scored a rare goal – only his sixth official one in four years – netting from an easy tap-in after an Isaac Cuenca cross to make it 1–0 for the hosts in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals against Chelsea. Barcelona could only draw 2–2 against ten men, losing 2–3 on aggregate.[28]

On 16 July 2013, the day he celebrated his 25th birthday, Busquets agreed to a new deal until 2018, with the buyout clause remaining unaltered.[29] On 1 August 2014, after the retirement of Carles Puyol and at the veteran's personal request, he was given the number 5 shirt for the upcoming campaign.[30]

On 6 June 2015, Busquets started in the final of the Champions League, as the team won their fifth accolade in the competition by beating Juventus at Berlin's Olympiastadion.[31] This made Barcelona the first club in history to win the treble of domestic league, domestic cup and European Cup twice, and Dani Alves, Busquets, Andrés Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Pedro, Gerard Piqué and Xavi the only players to achieve the same feat.[32]

On 1 October 2017, Busquets opened the scoring in a 3–0 home win against Las Palmas which was played with closed doors at the Camp Nou due to the ongoing Catalan independence referendum.[33]

International career

Busquets playing for Spain in 2012

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 1–2 loss,[34] though they eventually emerged victorious 4–3 on aggregate.[35]

On 11 February 2009, Busquets was called up to the senior squad for a friendly against England.[36] He was named as a substitute for a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Turkey on 28 March 2009,[37] making his debut in the return match on 1 April, playing 16 minutes in a 2–1 win in Istanbul after replacing David Silva.[38]

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

Vicente del Bosque, June 2010[39]

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.[40] 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.[41]

On 8 September 2014, Busquets scored his first international goal in a 5–1 win over Macedonia during Euro 2016's qualifying phase.[42] His second came during the same tournament on 15 November, in the 3–0 defeat of Belarus in Huelva.[43]

Busquets celebrated his 100th appearance for Spain on 9 October 2017, in a 1–0 away win against Israel for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.[44] Subsequently, he was named in Julen Lopetegui's squad for the finals in Russia.[45]

Style of play

"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[46]

Busquets is usually deployed as either a central or defensive midfielder, although he is also capable of playing as a central defender.[47] 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.[47][48] Due to his vision, ball control, physical prowess, technical skills and accurate passing ability, he rarely relinquishes possession, and alongside both his current and former midfield teammates, such as Iniesta, Xavi and Ivan Rakitić, he has also played an important creative role in setting his team's tempo in midfield as a deep-lying playmaker through his passing game.[48][49][50][51][52]

Manager del Bosque praised Busquets, saying, "If you watch the whole game, you won't see Busquets—but watch Busquets, and you will see the whole game."[53] The latter's height also allowed him to be effective in the air, and enabled him to advance into more offensive positions on occasion, providing an additional attacking outlet for his team.[54]

Busquets was 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 defended diving in football as intelligent play.[55]

Personal life

Busquets' father, Carles, was also a footballer. He played as a goalkeeper for Barcelona for several years during the 1990s, although almost exclusively as a backup.[56]

In 2014, Busquets started a relationship with Elena Galera, with the couple fathering son Enzo in 2016.[57] He sported an Arabic tattoo on his left forearm translating to "A thing for you, the life in my country", dedicated to his maternal grandfather to whom he was very close.[58]

Career statistics


Busquets executing a bicycle kick against Dynamo Kyiv, 2009
As of 20 May 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Copa del Rey Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2007–08[6] Tercera División 23 2 23 2
2008–09[59] Segunda División B 2 0 2 0
Total 25 2 25 2
Barcelona 2008–09[60] La Liga 24 1 9 0 8[a] 2 41 3
2009–10[60] 33 0 4 0 11[b] 0 4[c] 1 52 1
2010–11[60] 28 1 5 0 12[a] 0 1[d] 0 46 1
2011–12[60] 31 1 8 0 11[e] 1 2[f] 0 52 2
2012–13[60] 31 1 4 0 8[a] 0 2[d] 0 45 1
2013–14[60] 32 1 5 1 9[a] 1 2[d] 0 48 3
2014–15[60] 33 1 4 0 10[a] 0 47 1
2015–16[60] 35 0 5 0 10[g] 0 3[h] 0 53 0
2016–17[60] 33 0 5 0 8[a] 0 2[d] 0 48 0
2017–18[60] 31 1 7 0 10[a] 0 2[d] 0 50 1
Total 311 7 56 1 97 4 18 1 482 13
Career total 336 9 56 1 97 4 18 1 507 15
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  2. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, ten in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Two appearances in Supercopa de España, two appearances and one goal in FIFA Club World Cup
  4. ^ a b c d e Appearances in Supercopa de España
  5. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, ten appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League
  6. ^ One appearance in Supercopa de España, one in FIFA Club World Cup
  7. ^ One appearance in UEFA Super Cup, nine in UEFA Champions League
  8. ^ One appearance in Supercopa de España, two in FIFA Club World Cup


Busquets (furthest right) lining up for Spain in 2017
As of 1 July 2018[61]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
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 8 0
2018 5 0
Total 107 2

International goals

As of 15 November 2014 (Spain score listed first, score column indicates score after each Busquets goal)[61]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 September 2014 Ciutat de València, Valencia, Spain 70  Macedonia 3–1 5–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
2 15 November 2014 Nuevo Colombino, Huelva, Spain 73  Belarus 2–0 3–0


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 teammates hoist manager Pep Guardiola after they won the 2011 Club World Cup




Xavi and Busquets with the Henri Delaunay Trophy after Spain won Euro 2012




See also


  1. ^ In isolation, Busquets is pronounced [busˈkets].


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  10. ^ Sergio Busquets completa un viaje vertiginoso que en 8 meses le ha llevado de Tercera a la selección (Sergio Busquets completes meteoric journey that took him from Tercera to national team in 8 months); El Periódico de Catalunya, 7 February 2009 (in Spanish)
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  19. ^ Distractions looming as Barca bid for the double; BBC, 16 March 2010
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  39. ^ 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 (in Spanish)
  40. ^ "Busquets espera estar a la altura de Marcos Senna" [Busquets hopes to live up to Marcos Senna] (in Spanish). Marca. 28 May 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 
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  46. ^ "El fútbol se lo robaron a la gente" ("The people were robbed of football"); El País, 11 July 2011 (in Spanish)
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  56. ^ "Tú, tranquilo; ya me pondré nervioso yo" ("You, be cool; i'll be nervous for two"); El País, 26 May 2009 (in Spanish)
  57. ^ El hijo de Sergio Busquets se llama Enzo (The son of Sergio Busquets is called Enzo); Sport, 10 March 2016 (in Spanish)
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External links

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  • Sergio BusquetsUEFA competition record
  • Sergio BusquetsFIFA competition record
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