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Éric Abidal
Éric Abidal
Éric Abidal
Full Name: Éric Bilal Abidal
Date of Birth:Sep 11, 1979 (Age 36)
Place of Birth:Lyon
Height:186 cm.
Weight:81 Kg.
Squad Number:22
Eric Abidal - France (AFP)
Abidal, an ex-Olympique Lyonnais player has been a good option for club side Barcelona. The Spanish press does not speak too much about him, but his pace and offensive skills are very much appreciated by coach Pep Guardiola.

He spent three months on the sidelines this year due to injury. With the French national team, Abidal has often been chosen to play centre-back instead of left-back. A position he filled sometimes at Lille and Lyon. Domenech wants a left-footed player and right footed player (Gallas) in the center of his defense. He had a very poor game against Italy in a 2-0 loss during the 2008 European Championships where he was sent off for a tackle on Luca Toni.

Despite this lacklustre performance and some problems desputising in a central role, Domenech's trust in him has not wavered. However, the French press is very much against him playing in the centre at the World Cup.

Did you know?

Abidal has only known only four clubs in his career. Monaco, Lille, Lyon and Barcelona.

Awards and Honours

World Cup, finalist (2006)
UEFA Supercup (2009)
Spain champion (2009)
Spanish supercup (2009)
Spanish Cup (2009)
Club World Cup (2009)
Champions League (2009)