Éric Abidal

  • Date of birth : 11/09/1979
  • Position : Defender
  • Country : France France
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Éric Abidal

Éric Abidal

Clubs: AS Monaco FC, LOSC Lille Métropole, Olympique Lyonnais, FC Barcelona

• Born in Lyon, he made his debut in the French top flight for Monaco in September 2000; headed north to join Lille in 2002 and made 62 league appearances over the next two seasons.

• Left Lille in 2004 to join Lyon and made his debut for France that same summer in Raymond Domenech's first game in charge (1-1 against Bosnia and Herzegovina).

• Played no part in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying but started six of France's seven matches at the finals, where Les Bleus lost in the showpiece to Italy on penalties; was also a regular at UEFA EURO 2008.

• Won Ligue 1 in each of his three seasons at Lyon, making 76 appearances, before joining Barcelona for €15m in June 2007.

• Helped Barça to the treble in 2008/09 but missed the UEFA Champions League and Copa del Rey showpieces through suspension.

• Returned from a liver tumour, diagnosed the previous month, in time for a late appearance in the 2011 UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid CF; though not captain for the final, he was the first Barcelona player to lift the trophy at Wembley after victory against Manchester United FC.

UEFA honours
UEFA Champions League: winner 2011
UEFA Super Cup: winner 2009, 2011
UEFA.com users' Team of the Year: 2007

Last updated: 02/07/13 21.30CET


UEFA Best Player in Europe Award

Team of the Year



General info

  • Name: Éric Abidal
  • Position: Defender
  • Date of birth (Age): 11/09/1979 (35)
  • Country: France

  • Height: 186cm
  • Weight: 75kg

  • UEFA competition debut:
  • Club: UEFA Champions League (Group stage)
    20/09/00: Monaco 0-1 Rangers
  • National team: UEFA European Football Championship (Qualifying round)
    02/09/06: Georgia 0-3 France

Career statistics

National team record in UEFA competitions


Club record in UEFA competitions

UEFA Champions League
UEFA Super Cup
Last updated: 16/03/2015 18:35 CET