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Eric Abidal lifting up the Champions League trophy in 2011

Eric Abidal lifting up the Champions League trophy in 2011 | MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

FC Barcelona announces that Robert Fernández will not extend his contract as the football first team technical secretary which runs out on 30 June of this year. 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.

As such, FC Barcelona also announces that Éric Abidal will take over the role as football first team technical secretary. His official presentation will be on Monday 18 July.

The former Barça player returns to the Club that he joined in 2007 and where he 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.

The former French international is no stranger to overcoming obstacles in life as he battled cancer during his time at FC Barcelona. In 2011 captain Carles Puyol made the grand gesture of allowing Abidal to raise the Champions League trophy at Wembley in the midst of his recovery and in 2013 he overcame the return of the illness to lift the league trophy under coach Tito Vilanova.

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.

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