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Sergio Busquets Burgos (born 16 July 1988 in Sabadellmarker, Barcelonamarker, Cataloniamarker) commonly known as Sergio, is a Spanishmarker footballer who plays for FC Barcelona, as a defensive midfielder.

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

Club career

Busquets during 2008's Joan Gamper Trophy


In 2005–06, Busquets joined FC Barcelona's youth ranks, scoring seven goals in 26 matches for the Juvenil A in 2006–07. 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 31 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. During Barcelona's UEFA Champions League match against FC Basel at St. Jakob-Parkmarker 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 FC Shakhtar Donetsk. On 22 December, Busquets signed a contract extension until 2013, with a buy-out clause of 80 million.

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 Martinez and Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo (won it with Real Madrid) and Cesare and Paolo Maldini (A.C. 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. 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 Istanbulmarker, after replacing David Silva. Four days earlier, he had been named as a substitute when the same sides met in Madridmarker, where Spain ran out 1–0 winners, with a goal from team mate Gerard Piqué.

Club statistics

As of 29 November 2009
Club Season League Cup Europe Other 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 11 0 2 0 3 0 3 0 19 0
Total 35 1 11 0 11 2 3 0 60 3
Career totals 66 2 11 0 11 2 3 0 91 4


Honours

Barcelona



References

  1. Busquets thrilled to commit future to Barça
  2. Official site statistics
  3. Soccernet statistics
  4. Includes other competitive competitions, including the Supercopa de España, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup


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