Friday, July 10, 2009

Éric Abidal

Éric Abidal (born 11 September 1979 in Lyon) is a French footballer who currently plays as a left back for Spanish La Liga club FC Barcelona and the French national team.



[edit] Club career

Abidal was trained at AS Lyon Duchère, a team playing in the suburbs of Lyon. He started his professional career with AS Monaco on 16 September 2000, where he earned 22 first-team appearances. He moved to Lille OSC where he was reunited with his former manager Claude Puel and earned 62 first-team appearances. At the end of 2004, he returned to his native region by joining Olympique Lyonnais, which had just won its second successive Ligue 1 championship. During his time in France he was considered "one of the best fullbacks in the Ligue 1", self confidence of this title was shown when Lyon played Manchester United: "As a defender, my aim is to infuriate the opponent," Abidal explained. "I want him to be so sick of the sight of me that he has to move somewhere else on the pitch to get away."[2] In the Lyon defence, he played alongside other French internationals (Grégory Coupet, François Clerc, and Anthony Réveillère) and two Brazilian internationals (Cris and Caçapa).

On 30 June 2007, Abidal moved to FC Barcelona for €15 million, after repeatedly stating that he would not return to training if he did not get the move, signing a four-year contract[3] and taking the number 22 jersey, as the number 20 he wore at Lyon was already taken by Deco. Barça president Joan Laporta also mentioned that Abidal's contract would contain a €90 million release clause, and that Lyon would receive an extra €500,000 if Barcelona win the Champions League in any of the next four seasons.[4]

Abidal missed the 2009 UEFA Champions League Final, to be played against Manchester United, due to picking up a red card in the semi-final against Chelsea. The referee deemed Abidal to have fouled fellow French International Nicolas Anelka, and denying a goal scoring opportunity, although video evidence suggests that any contact was minimal. Abidal was again questionably sent off in the next match he played, a league tie with Villarreal CF. The ensuing suspension meant that he missed the Copa del Rey final; Barcelona won with a 4-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao.

[edit] International career

Ľuboš Micheľ sending off Eric Abidal during UEFA Euro 2008.

Abidal has earned 40 caps with the French national team, having earned his debut cap on 18 August 2004. Despite numerous injuries and disagreements with FIFA in the past few seasons, Abidal played on the French team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, starting at left back and playing every minute of the tournament with the exception of France's match against Togo, from which he was suspended after earning two yellow cards over the previous two games. Mikaël Silvestre filled Abidal's left back slot for that game. When France and Italy were forced into a penalty shootout in the Final, he was placed third in France's five shooters.

He went on to become France coach Raymond Domenech's top choice for left-back in nearly every UEFA Euro 2008 qualifier. Abidal was chosen as centre back in their final group match of Euro 2008 against Italy, but he conceded a penalty and was sent off in the first half; France lost the match 2–0 and were eliminated from the tournament.

[edit] Career club statistics

As of 19 April 2009[5]

Club Season League Cup Europe[6] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Monaco 2000-2001


Total 22 0

22? 0?
Lille 2002-2003 26 0

26 0
2003-2004 34 0

34 0
Total 60 0

60 0
Lyon 2004-2005 28 0

7 0 35 0
2005-2006 15 0

6 0 21 0
2006-2007 33 0 3 0 7 0 43 0
Total 76 0 3 0 20 0 109 0
FC Barcelona 2007-08 30 0 2 0 10 0 42 0
2008-09 23 0 2 0 5 0 30 0
Total 53 0 4 0 13 0 72 0
Career totals 195 0 7 0 21 0 243 0

[edit] Honours

[edit] Lyon

[edit] FC Barcelona

[edit] International

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