Former French International, Eric Abidal has been appointed as the new Technical Secretary for Spanish Champions FC Barcelona.
The official announcement was made by the club’s official website www.fcbarcelona.com. His official coronation is due to take place at the Camp Nou on July 18.
The piece also confirmed that current Technical Secretary Roberto Fernandez will cease to work with the Catalan club when his contract expires on June 30.
The statement also emphasised the gratitude of the club to the out going Technical Secretary “The club would like to thank Robert Fernández publicly for his commitment and dedication to FC Barcelona over the years and wishes him success in the future.”
Abidal returns to the club which he joined in 2007 from Olympique Lyon at a time that Frank Rijkaard was the head coach. He worked under Pep Guardiola before bringing his career to an end. The left footed defender battled cancer of the liver which left him staying out of action for about eight months only to return and lift the UEFA Champions League trophy in Wembly in May 2011. Team Captain Carles Puyol gave his captain’s arm band to Abidal on the final day before his glory moment of lifting the trophy to signify his victory over the liver cancer.
To prove his success with the Alzugrana, Eric won four league titles, two Copas del Rey, two Champions Leagues, four Spanish Super Cups, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA World Club Cups in his six seasons as a blaugrana.
Since his departure as a player Abidal has maintained strong links to FC Barcelona. He has been heavily involved in the activities of the Barça Foundation and has turned out for the veterans’ team, Barça Legends.
The club witnessed another heartfelt departure at the end of the just ended season when long serving legend Andres Iniesta announced his departure for the Japanese League after about 2 decades of service to the La Liga Champions.