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Sergio Busquets

Sergio Busquets Burgos (, ; born 16 July 1988) is a Spain association football who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spain national football team, as a Midfielder Defensive midfielder.

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Sergio Busquets biography


Sergio Busquets Burgos (, ; born 16 July 1988) is a Spain association football who plays for FC Barcelona and the Spain national football team, as a Midfielder Defensive midfielder.

Sergio Busquets was a relatively obscure player when Sergio Busquets arrived in FC Barcelona's first team in July 2008, but eventually made a name for himself in a relatively short period of time, reaching the Spain national football team in less than one year after making Sergio Busquets professional club debut.

Club career

Busquets was born in Badia del Vallès, Province of Barcelona, Catalonia. In 2005, Sergio Busquets joined local FC Barcelona's youth ranks, scoring seven goals in 26 matches for the Juvenil A team in Sergio Busquets second season. Two years later, Sergio Busquets was promoted to the FC Barcelona B under Josep Guardiola, and helped it 2007–08 Tercera División to the Segunda División B, with one goal in Sergio Busquets 32 appearances. In that same season, Busquets would make Sergio Busquets first team debut, in a Copa Catalunya match, coming on as a substitute.

On 13 September 2008, Busquets played Sergio Busquets first La Liga 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-Park on 22 October 2008, Sergio Busquets scored the second goal in the 15th minute in a 2008–09 UEFA Champions League. In early December, in another start, Sergio Busquets scored Sergio Busquets second goal with Barça in the competition, netting in the 83rd minute of a 2–3 home loss against FC Shakhtar Donetsk. On 22 December, Busquets signed a contract extension until 2013, with a buy-out clause of Euro80 million.

On 7 March 2009, Busquets netted Sergio Busquets first goal in La Liga in a 2–0 home win over Athletic Bilbao. On 27 May, having been regularly used in the league as Sergio Busquets competed for the spot with internationals Seydou Keita (footballer) and Yaya Touré, Sergio Busquets also featured in Barcelona's starting eleven in the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, a 2–0 win over Manchester United F.C.. With that victory, Carles Busquets 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 C.F.) and Cesare Maldini and Paolo Maldini (A.C. Milan).

Busquets' fine form continued in the 2009–10 La Liga, with Guardiola preferring Sergio Busquets to Yaya Touré as Barcelona's holding midfielder. In the 2009–10 UEFA Champions League against F.C. Internazionale Milano at Camp Nou on 28 April 2010, Sergio Busquets went down to the ground after Thiago Motta had raised Sergio Busquets arm and supposedly pushed Busquets in the face. Ironically, the incident involved Busquets and Thiago Motta, another graduate of Barcelona's famous La Masia academy. Motta had spent five years in Barcelona's first team between 2002 and 2007 and, coincidentally, had been playing for the Catalans in the same holding midfielder role as Busquets.

Busquets was again everpresent for Barcelona in 2010–11 La Liga, even playing as a Defender (association football) Centre back on occasion. On 27 January 2011, Sergio Busquets signed a contract extension with Barcelona, keeping Sergio Busquets at the club until 2015; the buyout clause was increased to €150 million. On 8 March, playing at centre back, Sergio Busquets scored an own goal from a corner kick against Arsenal F.C., in 2010–11 UEFA Champions League round of 16, levelling the score at 1–1. Barcelona eventually won the game 3–1 (and 4–3 on aggregate).

International career

On 11 October 2008, Busquets earned Sergio Busquets first Cap (sports) for Spain national under-21 football team, in their 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification play-offs first leg match, against Switzerland national under-21 football team. Sergio Busquets scored in the 17th minute but Spain lost the match 2–1, eventually emerging victorious 4–3 on aggregate.

On 6 February 2009, Sergio Busquets was called-up to the Spain national football team for the friendly against England national football team, on 11 February. Busquets finally made Sergio Busquets debut for La Furia Roja on 1 April 2009, in a 2010 FIFA World Cup 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA) against Turkey national football team, playing 16 minutes in a 2–1 win in Istanbul, after replacing David Silva. Four days earlier, Sergio Busquets 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.

Busquets was selected by manager Vicente del Bosque for the finals in South Africa, assuming the holding midfielder role naturalized Brazilian Marcos Senna had previously had in the conquest of UEFA Euro 2008. Sergio Busquets was involved in all of Spain's games at the World Cup and played every minute, bare the last 30 in their opening game against Switzerland national football team, which finished in a 1-0 defeat.

Club statistics



Honours

Barcelona

- La Liga (3): 2008–09 La Liga, 2009–10 La Liga, 2010–11 La Liga
- Copa del Rey (1): 2008–09 Copa del Rey; Runner-up 2010–11 Copa del Rey
- Supercopa de España (3): 2009 Supercopa de España, 2010 Supercopa de España, 2011 Supercopa de España
- UEFA Champions League (2): 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, 2011 UEFA Champions League Final
- UEFA Super Cup (2): 2009 UEFA Super Cup, 2011 UEFA Super Cup
- FIFA Club World Cup (2): 2009 FIFA Club World Cup, 2011 FIFA Club World Cup

Spain

- FIFA World Cup: 2010 FIFA World Cup
- FIFA Confederations Cup: Third-place 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup

Individual

- LFP Awards: 2009
- Bravo Award: 2009

Decorations

- Prince of Asturias Awards: 2010
- Orders, decorations, and medals of Spain Society & culture: 2011

Personal

Busquets' father, Carles Busquets, was also a footballer, having played as Goalkeeper (association football) for Barcelona for several years during the 1990s, although almost exclusively as a backup.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergio_Busquets

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