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Name Eric Abidal
Gender Male
Ethnic xxxx
Job French Footballer
Desc Eric Abidal was born on 11 September 1979. He converted to Islam after marrying Hayet Kebir and changed his name to Bilal Eric Abidal. The couple got married in the year 2007 and Hayet’s influence led Abidal to change his religion. Hayet is Algerian-born and a former gymnast


Org France National Team
Club as Player xxxx


Wife Hayet Kebir

2013 09 22 Retrieve

[Eric Abidal on Dani Alves] My relationship with Dani [Alves] goes much further than him taking my old No22 shirt. When I had to undergo surgery, he offered to donate his liver. Our relationship goes much deeper than friendship

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[Eric Abidal reveals that former Barcelona teammate Daniel Alves was willing to put his career - and arguably his life - on the line for him when the full extent of his medical problems became clear] When I had to undergo surgery, Dani wanted to donate his liver

2015 05 09 Retrieve

[Eric Abidal on Dani Alves] Dani Alves offered me his liver. He was serious, but I could never have accepted it. He also has a family and a career. It is a massive operation and it was too much. The risk that my cousin Gerard took was huge. He saved my life. It is as simple as that. I did not have chemo but the transplant had its own complications. My immune system had to accept the new liver. I was in hospital for 42 days. I was in awful pain. You do not forget that you have cancer. It is always there, in your mind, and physically I felt so weak. The support I received was amazing. One time I was at home and a package arrived from the Far East. I opened it up and thousands of butterflies flew out around my living room. It was different and beautiful. It was so humbling to think that these people cared so much

2016 08 09 Retrieve

[Christianity to Islam] All the natural progress. Options converted to Islam not because of my wife, but a gift that had suddenly appeared. It really happened there. Flowing away and made me feel happy. I embraced Islam with full confidence

2018 07 31 Retrieve

[Thiago seen as an ideal signing for Barcelona dressing room] We want a player that fits especially with our style. We need people who generate plays through the middle. And if they have to arrive later, well that is fine

2020 02 05 Retrieve

[Abidal implied Valverde was axed in part because players were unhappy under the coach] Many players weren’t satisfied or working hard and there was also an internal communication problem

2020 02 08 Retrieve

[Abidal admits to future challenge with Barcelona talisman] The question is for him, hopefully he continues. Leo has said that Barca is everything for him, that he wants to stay here, so we can go from there. We are talking about the best player in the world and having a renewal with such a player is never easy

[Abidal said when asked if fitness issues will impact discussions] No, first you have to have respect for the players and what they are giving, what they gave and what they will give for the club in the future. Now he is in a situation of injury, hopefully he will recover well and from there, just talk. If we as a club feel it makes sense, of course we will enter into negotiations and he will also have to tell us how he feels because in the end it is about respect for the club and for the team.

[While suggesting that Messi and Suarez will be sticking around, Abidal remained coy when it comes to the future of Philippe Coutinho – with the Brazilian currently on loan at Bayern Munich] Bayern is very happy with Philippe and Philippe is also very happy there. From there, it is true that they have a choice [to do a permanent deal], but we have to do our planning with those at home and on loan and then see what happens