Eric Sylvain Abidal is a French former professional footballer who played as a left back or centre back, and the director of football at FC Barcelona.
In his career, he played mainly for Lyon and Barcelona, winning 18 titles with both teams combined, including two Champions League trophies with the latter. His later career was marred by a liver tumour, which resulted in a transplant.
A French international across nine years, Abidal represented the nation in two World Cups – finishing second in 2006 – and Euro 2008.
Abidal earned 67 caps for the France national team, his debut coming on 18 August 2004 in a friendly with Bosnia and Herzegovina. 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 after earning two yellow cards in the first two games. In the final against Italy, he scored his penalty shootout attempt.