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Carles Busquets Barroso (Catalan: [busˈkɛts];[1] born 19 July 1967) is a Spanish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper, mostly for Barcelona.

Carles Busquets
Personal information
Full name Carles Busquets Barroso
Date of birth (1967-07-19) 19 July 1967 (age 52)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1981–1983 Ciutat Badia
1983–1985 Barcelona
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Barcelona C 31 (0)
1988–1992 Barcelona B 55 (0)
1990–1999 Barcelona 79 (0)
1999–2002 Lleida 108 (0)
Total 273 (0)
National team
1983 Spain U16 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Club careerEdit

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Busquets was a FC Barcelona graduate who joined from neighbouring CD Ciutat Badia[2] and possessed very good technical skills for a player in his position,[3][4] and he made his La Liga debut for the first team on 7 November 1993 in a 2–1 home win over Racing de Santander,[5] going on to appear in the following two games. However, he was mostly back-up for Spanish international Andoni Zubizarreta during his first years; he did manage to feature in the 1990–91 European Cup Winners' Cup final in a 1–2 loss against Manchester United, with two goals from Mark Hughes.[6]

After Zubizarreta left for Valencia CF, Busquets played 69 league matches in two seasons combined,[7] and was also on goal in the 4–0 thrashing of Manchester United in the group stage of 1994–95's UEFA Champions League,[8] but during this period Barça failed to win any silverware. For the following campaigns he was again back-up, first to Portugal's Vítor Baía then Dutchman Ruud Hesp, and also clashed with new manager Louis van Gaal.[9]

Until his retirement in October 2002, Busquets played a further four seasons with neighbouring UE Lleida, spending two apiece in Segunda División and Segunda División B.[10] He joined Barcelona's coaching staff afterwards, and worked with the goalkeepers.[11][12]

Personal lifeEdit

Busquets' son, Sergio,[13] also a product of Barcelona's youth system, was promoted to the main squad for 2008–09, playing as a defensive midfielder. He reached the national team the following year, winning the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as a starter.

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "How to pronounce Carles Busquets". Forvo. 12 October 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  2. ^ Gran diccionari de jugadors del Barça. Jugadors oficials i no oficials de tots els temps [Great dictionary of Barça players. All-time official and unofficial players].
  3. ^ "Busquets: de vocación... ¡ariete!" [Busquets: by calling... striker!] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 22 July 1990. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Estoy bien en el Barça. Es mi casa" [I feel fine in Barça. It is my home] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 24 June 1997. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  5. ^ "'Busi', un extraño en la familia" ['Busi', stranger to the family] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 8 November 1993. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Cup Winners' Cup 1990–91". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Busquets coge confianza" [Busquets gaining in confidence] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 29 August 1994. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Barcelona 4–0 Man. United". UEFA. 2 November 1994. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  9. ^ "Me ha faltado al respeto" [He disrespected me] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 22 June 1999. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Busquets llora en su despedida como futbolista" [Busquets cries in farewell as a footballer]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 16 October 2002. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Busi ya imparte lecciones de portero" [Busi already giving goalkeeping lessons] (PDF). Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 26 July 2003. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  12. ^ "Carles Busquets, nuevo entrenador de porteros del Barcelona" [Carles Busquets, new Barcelona goalkeeper coach]. 20 minutos (in Spanish). 18 July 2010. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  13. ^ ""Tú, tranquilo; ya me pondré nervioso yo"" ["You, be cool; i'll be nervous for two"]. El País (in Spanish). 26 May 2009. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
  14. ^ "Barça de titanes" [Titanic Barça]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 29 June 1997. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Cruyff ya tiene su cuarto título" [Cruyff already has his fourth title]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 30 October 1991. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  16. ^ "El Barça juega como quiere en el Manzanares" [Barça play at will at the Manzanares]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 12 November 1992. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  17. ^ "El Barça paga un precio muy alto" [Barça pay a heavy price]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 31 August 1994. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Título con súper-susto" [Title with mega-scare]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 29 August 1996. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  19. ^ "Sampdoria 0–1 Barcelona". UEFA. 20 May 1992. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  20. ^ "1996/97: Ronaldo spot on for Barça". UEFA. 14 May 1997. Archived from the original on 3 May 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  21. ^ "1992: Goikoetxea wins it for Barcelona". UEFA. 1 April 1993. Archived from the original on 31 August 2010. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  22. ^ "1997: Barça in command". UEFA. Retrieved 16 February 2015.

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