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Sergio Busquets
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Personal information
Full name Sergio Busquets i Burgos
Date of birth 16 July 1988 (1988-07-16) (age 21)
Place of birth Sabadell, Spain
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2+12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Barcelona
Number 16
Youth career
1999–2003 Lleida
2003–2005 Unió Jabac
2005–2007 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Barcelona B 31 (1)
2008– Barcelona 47 (1)
National team
2008– Spain U21 3 (1)
2009– Spain 11 (0)
2008– Catalonia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 March 2010.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 3 March 2010

Sergio Busquets i Burgos (born 16 July 1988) is a Spanish footballer who plays for FC Barcelona, as a defensive midfielder.

Contents

Club career

Busquets during 2008's Joan Gamper Trophy

Busquets was born in Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia. In 2005–06, he joined local FC Barcelona's youth ranks, scoring seven goals in 26 matches for the Juvenil A team in the following season. Two years later, he was promoted to the B team under Josep Guardiola, and helped it achieve promotion to the third level, with one goal in his 31 appearances.[1] In that same season, Busquets would make his first team debut, in a Catalonia Cup match, coming on as a substitute.

On 13 September 2008, Busquets played his first top flight match, 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Racing de Santander.[2] 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 win. [3] In early December, in another start, he scored his second goal with Barça in the competition, netting in the 83rd minute of a 2–3 home loss against FC Shakhtar Donetsk.[4] On 22 December, Busquets signed a contract extension until 2013, with a buy-out clause of 80 million.[5][6]

On 7 March 2009, Busquets netted his first goal in the championship in a 2–0 home win over Athletic Bilbao. On 27 May, having been regularly used in the league as he competed for the spot with internationals Seydou Keita and Yaya Touré, he also featured in Barcelona's starting XI 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 (Milan).

International career

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 match, against Switzerland. He scored in the 17th minute but Spain lost the match 2–1, eventually emerging victorious 4–3 on aggregate.

On 6 February 2009, he was called-up to the senior squad for the friendly against England, on 11 February.[7] It was another peak in the career of a player who went from playing third level football to the national side in only nine months.

Busquets finally made his debut for La Furia Roja on 1 April 2009, in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Turkey, playing 16 minutes in a 2–1 win in Istanbul, after replacing David Silva. Four days earlier, he had been named as a substitute when the same sides met in Madrid, where Spain ran out 1–0 winners, with a goal from team mate Gerard Piqué.

Club statistics

As of 14 March 2010[8][9]

Club Season League Cup Europe Other [10] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Barcelona B 2007–08 29 1 - - - - - - 29 1
2008–09 2 0 - - - - - - 2 0
Total 31 1 - - - - - - 31 1
Barcelona 2008–09 24 1 9 0 8 2 - - 41 3
2009–10 23 0 4 0 5 0 5 1 37 1
Total 47 1 13 0 13 2 5 1 78 4
Career totals 78 2 13 0 13 2 5 1 109 5

Honours

Barcelona

Personal

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.

References

  1. ^ "2007–08 Tercera División". Wikipedia. 31 December 2009. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tercera_Divisi%C3%B3n_2007-08. Retrieved 31 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Racing Santander vs. Barcelona". Soccerway. 13 September 2008. http://www.soccerway.com/matches/2008/09/13/spain/primera-division/futbol-club-barcelona/real-racing-club-de-santander/659645/. Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  3. ^ "Basel overwhelmed by five-star Barça". UEFA.com. 22 October 2008. http://www.uefa.com/competitions/ucl/history/season=2009/round=15276/match=302726/report=rp.html. Retrieved 22 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Shakhtar brush aside youthful Barcelona". UEFA.com. 9 December 2008. http://www.uefa.com/competitions/ucl/history/season=2009/round=15276/match=302782/report=rp.html. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Busquets thrilled to commit future to Barça". UEFA.com. 22 December 2008. http://www.uefa.com/competitions/ucl/news/kind=1/newsid=789548.html. Retrieved 22 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "Busquets signs new Barcelona contract". TribalFootball. 23 December 2008. http://www.tribalfootball.com/busquets-signs-new-barcelona-contract-218065. Retrieved 23 December 2008. 
  7. ^ "Lista de convocados para el amistoso ante Inglaterra (Callup for friendly with England)" (in Spanish). Real Federación Española de Fútbol. 6 February 2009. http://www.rfef.es/index.jsp?nodo=39&ID=1120. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  8. ^ Official site statistics
  9. ^ Soccernet statistics
  10. ^ Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup

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Sergi Busquets
Personal information
Full nameSergi Busquets Burgos
Date of birth16 July 1988 (1988-07-16) (age 21)
Place of birthSabadell, Spain
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2+12 in)
Playing positionDefensive midfielder
Club information
Current clubFC Barcelona
Number28
Youth career
Unió Jabac i Terrassa
2005–2007FC Barcelona
Senior career1
YearsClubApps (Gls)2
2007–2008FC Barcelona B025 0(2)
2008–FC Barcelona024 0(1)
National team3
2008–Spain U21003 0(1)
2009–Spain005 0(0)
2008–Catalonia001 0(0)
1 Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 April 2009.

2 Appearances (Goals).

3 National team caps and goals correct as of 28 June 2009

Template:Spanish name 2 Sergi Busquets Burgos (born 16 July 1988 in Sabadell, Barcelona, Catalonia) is a Spanish footballer who plays for FC Barcelona as a defensive midfielder.

He is the son of another club former player, Carles Busquets, who played goalkeeper during the 1990s.

Contents

Club career

In 2005–06, Busquets joined FC Barcelona's youth ranks, scoring seven goals in 26 matches for the Juvenil A in 2006–07.

In 2007–08, he was promoted to the B team under Josep Guardiola, and helped it achieve promotion to third level, with two goals in 23 appearances. In that season, Busquets would make his main squad debut, in a Catalonia Cup match.

On 13 September 2008, Busquets played his first top flight match, 90 minutes in a 1–1 home draw against Racing de Santander. Busquets began playing regularly in the starting XI, being preferred over internationals Yaya Touré and Seydou Keita. During Barcelona's Champions League match against FC Basel at St. Jakob-Park on 22 October 2008, he scored the second goal in a 5–0 win. In early December, in another start, he scored his second goal with Barça in the Champions League 2–3 home loss against Shakhtar Donetsk. On 22 December, Busquets signed a contract extension until 2013, with a buy-out clause of €80 million.[1]

On 7 March 2009, Busquets netted his first goal in the championship in a 2–0 home win over Athletic de Bilbao. On 27 May, Busquets featured in Barcelona's starting XI in the Champions League final in a 2–0 win over Manchester United. With Barcelona's 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 Martinez and Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo (won with Real Madrid) and Cesare and Paolo Maldini (won with AC Milan).

International career

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 match, against Switzerland. He scored in the 17th minute but Spain lost the match 2–1, eventually emerging victorious 4–3 on aggregate.

On 6 February 2009, Busquets was called up to the senior squad for the friendly against England, on 11 February.[2] It was another peak in the career of a player who went from playing third level football to the national side in only nine months.

Busquets finally made his debut for La Furia Roja on 1 April 2009, in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Turkey, playing 16 minutes in a 2–1 win in Istanbul, after replacing David Silva. Four days earlier, he had been named as a substitute when the same sides met in Madrid, where Spain ran out 1–0 winners, with a goal from team mate Gerard Piqué.

Club statistics

As of 27 May 2009[3][4]

Club Season League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Barcelona B 2007–08 232----232
2008–09 20----20
Total 252----252
FC Barcelona 2008–09 2419082413
Total 2419082413
Career totals 4939082665

Honours

Barcelona

References

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