Éric Abidal

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Éric Abidal
Éric Abidal - 001.jpg
Abidal in training with Barcelona in 2008
Personal information
Full name Éric Sylvain Abidal[1]
Date of birth (1979-09-11) 11 September 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Lyon, France
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Olympiacos
Number 22
Youth career
Lyon Duchère
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999–2000 Lyon Duchère
2000–2001 Monaco B 8 (0)
2000–2002 Monaco 22 (0)
2002–2004 Lille 62 (0)
2004–2007 Lyon 76 (0)
2007–2013 Barcelona 125 (0)
2013–2014 Monaco 26 (0)
2014– Olympiacos 0 (0)
National team
2004– France 67 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:29, 29 April 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 00:00, 16 November 2013 (UTC)

Éric Sylvain Abidal (French pronunciation: ​[eʁik abidal]; born 11 September 1979) is a French professional footballer who plays for Superleague Greece club Olympiacos F.C. as a left or central defender.

In his career he played mainly for Lyon and Barcelona, winning 21 major titles the two teams combined, including two Champions League trophies with the latter.

A French international in the 2000s, Abidal represented the nation in two World Cupsfinishing second in 2006 – and Euro 2008.

International career[edit]

Éric Abidal during 2009 FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

Abidal earned 64 caps for the French national team,[2] his debut coming on 18 August 2004 in a friendly with Bosnia and Herzegovina.[3][2] He was selected for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, playing all the games and minutes in the country's runner-up campaign as left back, with the exception of France's match against Togo, from which he was suspended[4] after earning two yellow cards in the first two games.[5][6] In the final against Italy, he scored his penalty shootout attempt.[7]

Again under Raymond Domenech, Abidal was first-choice during the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. In the final stages he appeared against Italy as a centre-back, but conceded a penalty and was sent off in the first half of an eventual 0–2 loss and group stage exit.[8] He played against Uruguay and Mexico in the 2010 World Cup again at centre-back,[9][10] opting out of the next game against host country South Africa[11] as the French side again left the competition after only three matches.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Abidal married former gymnast Hayet Kebir in 2007, fathering daughters Méliana and Camélia.[13][14][15] After his wedding, he converted to Islam.[13]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 23 February 2014[16][17]
Club Season League Cup[18] Europe[19] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Monaco B 2000–01 8 0 - - - - 8 0
Total 8 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Monaco 2000–01 8 0 - - 1 0 9 0
2001–02 14 0 3 0 - - 17 0
Total 22 0 3 0 1 0 26 0
Lille 2002–03 27 0 3 0 - - 30 0
2003–04 35 0 3 1 - - 38 1
Total 62 0 6 1 0 0 68 1
Lyon 2004–05 29 0 5 1 7 0 41 1
2005–06 14 0 2 0 6 0 22 0
2006–07 33 0 4 1 7 0 44 1
Total 76 0 11 2 20 0 107 2
Barcelona 2007–08 30 0 6 0 10 0 46 0
2008–09 25 0 2 0 5 0 32 0
2009–10 17 0 4 0 10 0 31 0
2010–11 26 0 7 1 8 0 41 1
2011–12 22 0 7 1 9 0 38 1
2012–13 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Total 125 0 26 2 42 0 193 2
Monaco 2013–14 26 0 3 0 0 0 29 0
Total 26 0 3 0 0 0 29 0
Career totals 319 0 49 5 63 0 431 5

International[edit]

As of match played 29 February 2012[20]
National team Year Apps Goals
France 2004 1 0
2005 3 0
2006 15 0
2007 12 0
2008 9 0
2009 5 0
2010 6 0
2011 9 0
2012 1 0
2013 3 0
Total 64 0

Honours[edit]

Abidal signing autographs at Camp Nou.

Club[edit]

Lyon
Barcelona

International[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010 – List of players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "French football federation invite Abidal as guest for Sweden clash". Goal.com. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  3. ^ French Focus: Eric Abidal (Lyon); at Channel4
  4. ^ "Togo 0–2 France – Stats/action". BBC Sport. 23 June 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "France 0–0 Switzerland". BBC Sport. 13 June 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "France 1–1 South Korea". BBC Sport. 18 June 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Italy 1–1 France (aet)". BBC Sport. 9 July 2006. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "France 0–2 Italy". BBC Sport. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "World Cup 2010: Uruguay v France – as it happened". The Guardian. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "France v Mexico: as it happened". The Daily Telegraph. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "World Cup 2010: Eric Abidal chose not to play against South Africa – France coach Raymond Domenech". Goal.com. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "World Cup 2010: South Africa beat red-faced France and both bow out". The Guardian. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "2010 FIFA World Cup: Ranking the Top 20 WAGs of the Soccer Elite – 16. Hayet Abidal". Bleacher Report. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  14. ^ "Euro 2012: Wives and girlfriends – France: Hayet & Éric Abidal". MSN News. 24 April 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  15. ^ "Femmes de footballeurs: qui sont-elles? – Hayet et Eric Abidal" [Footballers' wives: who are they? – Hayet and Eric Abidal] (in French). Elle. Retrieved 15 November 2012. 
  16. ^ "E. Abidal". Soccerway. Retrieved 2 July 2014. 
  17. ^ Éric Abidal at ESPN FC
  18. ^ Includes Supercopa de España
  19. ^ Includes UEFA Super Cup
  20. ^ Éric Abidal at National-Football-Teams.com

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