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Barcelona unveil Eric Abidal as ambassador

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Barcelona (AFP) – Former France and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal, who returned to top-flight football despite a liver transplant, was on Wednesday named as an ambassador for the Catalan club.

Barca said they had reached an agreement with the 37-year-old “to be an ambassador and representative of the club at different events in the next few years”.

King Abidal By Zito Madu Conquer the fear of death and you...

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King Abidal

By Zito Madu

Conquer the fear of death and you will know the death of fear.

A few days ago,the King —Thierry Henry— retired from football. Today, another French royal follows suit.

Eric Abidal vs Levante Video - Can't Believe we Let this Guy Go

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Thanks to Dervyx3 for making this compilation. After watching this video all of us would be wondering why we let this guy leave! Strangely even after seeing him play like this our management felt he wasn't good enough. Now we are looking at the prospect of his absence hurting us really bad this season.

For Eric Abidal, Monaco Signing is a New Start not the End of Footballing Journey

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Finally yesterday, I received two great news which I have waited for since the start of Transfer Window. First was the signing of David Villa to Atletico Madrid and then it was the signing of Eric Abidal at AS Monaco. It wasn't like I didn't want them to stay at Barca; but it was better for them to go to a club where their services will be seen as adding values rather than an obligation or charity.

Monaco complete left back signing

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French title hopefuls Monaco have today clinched the signing of French left back Eric Abidal on a free transfer from Barcelona. The club announced the signing on their official website, and revealed that the former Lyon player has signed a one year deal with an option for a second year.

The 33 year old defender can play either left back or center back, and his return to Monaco means that he's rejoining the first ever professional side that he played for.

Eric Abidal, Thanks for all the Moments, We will Definitely Miss You

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The way Eric Abidal saga has ended had left a very bad taste in every Barca fan's mouth. Many expected it to be resolved favorably especially towards the player - but it wasn't to be. At this moment there are rumors about Abidal being signed by Monaco, the newest rich club in the block. The way the club handled the entire issue of his renewal literally forcing Abidal to walk out of the club, have to admit was very disgraceful.

Noticias : Eric Abidal’s Farewell & Chamberlain Relishes ‘Family Act’ At The Maracana

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Barcelona's Eric Abidal bid a tearful goodbye to the club in an emotional press conference attended by his closest teammates last night.

It was confirmed that the La Liga Champions would not be renewing the French player's contract after his successful liver transplant, but the move is said to be part of the club's bigger plan to restructure its aging backline.

Despite Overcoming Liver Cancer And Returning To Action, Eric Abidal Is Released By Barcelona

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By Alan Duffy

French defender Eric Abidal made a tearful goodbye to his club Barcelona at a press conference on Thursday after the Catalan club decided not to extend his contract past the end of this season (there's still one game to go in La Liga).

The 33-year-old had battled back from a liver tumour which resulted in the player undergoing a liver transplant and had returned to competitive action in April.

Alex Song Fails And Fails Hard At Barcelona La Liga Trophy Presentation (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Here's a wonderful little snippet from Barcelona's league title celebrations last night, wherein Carlos Puyol picks up the silverware from its podium and brings it back to the rest of the Barca lads for them to lift it.

For some reason Alex Song thought it was going to be he that the captain selected to lift the trophy alongside him, with the Cameroon midfielder's heart filling with joy for a split second before realising that Puyol had actually selected nearby Eric Abidal a man who, lest we forget, had a liver transplant and still ended the season back in the first-team squad and Tito Vilanova a man who, lest we forget, managed to fight off cancer this term to split the hoisting duties with.

GIF It: Barcelona’s ex-Arsenal star Alex Song thinks he’s going to lift the league trophy. He’s not

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You can't fail to laugh at this. In the sort of cringe-laughter way that made you enjoy The Office so much. Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song thought that his scintillating performances for Barcelona this season had been noted by his colleagues and that he was to be given the honour of being the first to [.

Barca - 3, Real Zaragoza - 0

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FC Barcelona stretched their lead on top of la Liga to sixteen points after a 3-0 away victory against Real Zaragoza. Real Madrid who are yet to play this week will have a chance to reduce it. Two goals from Tello and an splendid opener from Thiago gave us the three points in a match where a lot of our stars were rested or not available.

FC Barcelona: The Story Behind the Game

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After a very exciting match at Parc De Princes, the PSG and Barcelona match ended in a stalemate. For Barcelona, the game left a sour taste in their mouth. At the end of the game the Blaugranas were shocked by a late goal by PSG's midfielder Matuidi. While the team still managed to score two away goals, the players were a little bit down.

Monday Kickoff: Abidal makes Barcelona return; Neuer targets Bayern treble; and more

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There are always plenty of soccer stories that make you shake your head, but this one shows the determination of the human spirit.

Eric Abidal made his return to the field for Barcelona for the first time since a liver transplant last year, coming on in the 70th minute for Gerard Pique in Saturday's 5-0 win over Mallorca.

Eric Abidal ist zum Vorbild geworden

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Ich bin, ohne es gewollt zu haben, zu einem Vorbild geworden.

Eric Abidal, Abwehrspieler des FC Barcelona, erklärt bei seinem Comeback nach einer einjährigen Pause nach einer Lebertransplantation, dass ihn die Leute für seinen Kampf um seine Gesundheit bewundern.

FC Barcelona - 5, Mallorca - 0

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FC Barcelona geared up for the return leg against PSG in spectacular fashion by thrashing Mallorac 5-0 at the Camp Nou. With this win we are able to maintain our 13 point lead with just eight games to go. The team which missed majority of it's stars produced a brilliant show to win the match. The goals which were scored were simply brilliant but the moment of the match was to watch Eric Abidal coming back to action with the fans applauding him at every occasion.

Abi está de vuelta! “Eric Abidal is gradually reaching the...

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Abi está de vuelta!

"Eric Abidal is gradually reaching the same level as his teammates. We can't say exactly when he'll be back, but he is in a very positive mood because he knows it won't be much longer." - Dr Ricard Pruna

Since starting a recovery from a second liver transplant 5 months ago in Vall d'Aran,Abidal has been tirelessly working to return to the fields with FC Barcelona.

Barcelona Interested in Liverpool Centre-Back Daniel Agger to Strengthen Ailing Defense

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Daniel Agger of Liverpool (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Although the January transfer window has come and gone, summer is quickly approaching for teams in hopes of strengthening their respective squads. According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona are already pursuing an interest in Liverpool's Daniel Agger.

WW : Demba Ba’s Epic Chelsea Debut, David Villa’s Arsenal Deal – Plus Kevin-Prince Boateng To Leave Milan?

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Nothing beats the feeling of justifying your £7.5million price-tag better than scoring twice on your debut, and that's exactly what Chelsea's New Kid on The Block, Demba Ba, did last night! On a night that Fernando Torres was left shivering on the bench with raised eyebrows, the Newcastle export turned up the heat and scored a brace in their 5-1 win over Southampton.


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POTD : Barcelona’s Eric Abidal Receives Distinguished Award For Fight Against Cancer

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Barcelona's resident 'fighter' and French defender, Eric Abidal, received the XIII Prix Pyrénées award on Thursday, in recognition of his efforts to "establish cordial relations" between Spain and France. The annual award is given out by the French Chamber of Commerce in Barcelona to "individuals, companies or associations" who have successfully made the French and Spanish fall in love with each other all over again.

Gabriel, 11-Year-Old Boy Born Without Feet, Meets Barcelona Heroes – Has Kick-About With Lionel Messi (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Remember Gabriel Muniz? The 11-year-old Brazilian lad born without feet who managed to play his way onto one of Barcelona's regional youth summer training camps in Rio de Janeiro a while ago?

The story goes that young Gabe impressed Barca's scouts so much in Rio that he was invited over tothe club's Joan Gamper training HQ tomeet and kick a ball around with a gaggle of the first-team, including his very bestest hero in the whole wide world, Lionel Messi even Eric Abidal puts in an appearance to meet the little guy (Gabriel that is, not Leo!

The return of Abi Eric Abidal is an unsung hero at FC Barcelona,...

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The return of Abi

Eric Abidal is an unsung hero at FC Barcelona, an inspiration and warrior. He's currently recovering from a second liver transplant that has sidelined him since March this year.

OW : Gerard Pique On Shakira Pregnancy Rumours – Plus Irina Shayk, Eric Abidal’s Birthday & Neymar

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Welcome to Offbeat Wednesday, your weekly gossip column! This week, Gerard Pique briefly addresses the Shakira pregnancy rumours, Irina Shayk goes shopping in Paris and Eric Abidal's birthday dedication. Rumours of Shakira's possible pregnancy have been spreading like wildfire (an exaggeration, ...

Barca’s Puyol Lauds Return Of Abidal, Villa And Alex Song’s Arrival After Defeat To Sampdoria

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Barcelona held a grand ceremony of sorts at the Nou Camp last night to introduce their new squad players for the La Liga season, despite their 0-1 loss to Sampdoria in the Gamper Trophy. Unfortunately, football's own Master of Ceremonies himself Pepe Reina, couldn't be around to host the 'show' (for obvious reasons!

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Barcelona have strengthened their defence and wage a switch for Eric Abidal by waterproofing an understanding with Valencia to mark the Spain full-back Jordi Alba on a five-twelvemonth declaration.

Barcelona Sign Jordi Alba From Valencia

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FC Barcelona have announced the signing of Spain's left-back Jordi Alba from Valencia for €14 million

The 23-year-old Alba, who can also play as a winger, has been one of revelations of Euro 2012 after standing out because of his speed.

His run down the left flank and well-placed cross for Xabi Alonso's header gave Spain its opening goal in the 2-0 win over France in the quarterfinals.

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Barcelona defender Eric Abidal could instrument to drama football again after his liver graft, the sawbones WHO carried putout the activity has said. have all the games

Barcelona Closing In On Jordi Alba

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It is looking that Valencia left-back Jordi Alba will be signing for Barcelona after the Euros are finished.

Alba, who is currently away with the Spanish national side ahead of Euro 2012, is reportedly on the verge of joining Barca for a fee in the region of €12 million.

Barcelona striker David Villa is hopeful the deal will be completed for the 23-year-old, who can also play on the left wing saying:

"He's one of the people I get along best with and he has had a spectacular career and it is not only Barcelona that would want him, but every team," the forward told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday.

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Dani Alves offered Eric Abidal part of his liver

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When Eric Abidal's contract was not renewed by Barcelona at the end of last season after his triumphant and inspiring return from a liver transplant, teammate and friend Dani Alves decided to wear his old No. 22 shirt in his honor. Now playing for Monaco, Abidal has revealed that Alves tried to do far more than change his shirt number, though.

Eric Abidal’s liver donor cousin travels with Barcelona to Bayern Munich

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Gerard Abidal has travelled to Munich with the Barcelona squad to witness part of his liver playing in a Champions League semi-final. Gerard donated a section of his liver to his cousin, Barca defender Eric Abidal, who had a tumour removed in 2011. After a successful liver transplant last year, Abidal made an incredible return [.

Eric Abidal plays first match a year after liver transplant, gets standing ovation

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In the 70th minute of Barcelona's 5-0 win over Mallorca at the Camp Nou, Eric Abidal entered the match for Gerard Pique and received a special ovation. It was his first appearance in a match since undergoing a liver transplant in April of last year and a great moment in an otherwise forgettable game.


Getting ready for Toronto, Hack says Keita is “interesting” and Torres is not on trading block, more

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Previews of the Union's match in Toronto. Hackworth says Abdul Kader Keita is "interesting," Roger Torres is not on the trading block. More news.

Roxburgh: Kaka, Abidal not in Red Bulls focus, but team analyzing all options

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HARRISON, N.J. The summer transfer window is traditionally a busy time for the New York Red Bulls. This year won't be any different.

Some familiar names continue to be linked with the team while others are beginning to be thrown into the mix as well.

English Premier League

Wednesday Kickoff: Toure could leave Man City; Abidal plays in first match since surgery; and more

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In a few months time, Yaya Toure could be pulling on the uniform of something other than the sky blue of Manchester City.

According to reports out of England, Toure is unhappy with his contract situation, and his agent has stated publicly that if the Ivorian international isn't presented with a new and improved contract by Sunday, he could leave.

Gunner admits to ‘moments of depression’

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Abou Diaby has opened up about the extent of his sadness during a long spell on the sidelines last season, conceding that there were moments when he was depressed to be out of action.

Diaby, 26, made a total of five appearances across all competitions for Arsenal last season and despite making a successful return to start off the current campaign, the Frenchman has not forgotten his frustrating journey to regaining full fitness.

The Rest

Union look for result against SJ, US ready for CR, more news

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Jeff Parke says it's vital the Union get at least a point in San Jose. Gaddis says Union defense doesn't get enough respect. US ready to take on Costa Rica. More news.

Liverpool Target Sakho Considers Move Away From PSG

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Liverpool has been given hope in their pursuit of Mamadou Sakho with the defender admitting he may need a move away from PSG to resurrect his international career.
Reports in France suggest that Sakho is considering his future in the French capital after missing out on Didier Deschamps' squad to face Belguim.

With the Millions Monaco Have Spent, How Will They Line Up?

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AS Monaco FC is the name on everyone's tongue, and for good reason. Bursting at the seams with cash thanks to the next Russian billionaire on the block, Dmitry Rybolovlev, they have spent it on a flood of top talent. Names like Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho, and Eric Abidal are of a caliber fans would expect at the best clubs in the world.

Neymar scores from 45 yards and embarrasses Diego Lugano in Leo Messi charity match

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While organizers of the Los Angeles leg of the canceled 'Messi and Friends' exhibition match were busy explaining how the titular Argentinean was "defrauding American citizens" on Tuesday evening, the tour hit the Estadio Nacional in Lima, Peru.

Messi's team of friends — which included the likes of Dani Alves, Eric Abidal, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Mascherano — took on a World XI captained by Neymar, pitting the current and future Barcelona stars against one another.

Noticias : Fernando Torres’ Confidence Mask & Barcelona’s Eric Abidal Graces Cover Of Spain Charity Book

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Following Demba Ba's wonder strike against Man United at the weekend, surely Fernando Torres had to do something anything to get everyone else to sit up and notice! So in the Europa League last night, he borrowed a mask from The Petr Cech Collectionâ„¢, fittingly scored twice against Rubin Kazan and transformed himself into the Spanish Batman for a good 90 minutes.