Francesc Arnau, former Barcelona player, dies suddenly at 46

LaLiga Santander 2020-2021

He was goalkeeper for the Barça club for three seasons and for Malaga for a decade. He was currently working as a sports director for Oviedo

Arnau, in his presentation at Oviedo.

Francesc Arnau, a former goalkeeper for Barcelona (1998-2001) and Malaga (2001-2011), died suddenly at dawn this Saturday in Oviedo, where he worked as the sports director of the city’s team. The carbayn club announced his death in a statement on social networks.

Arnau, 46, had been in the Asturian city since December 2019. Before that, he had been sports director of Malaga, a club from which he retired from football.

Born in Les Planes d’Hostoles (Girona), he trained in the Barcelona quarry and made his first team debut in 1997 against Atltico. Then he had a certain role in the 1999-2000 season, with Louis Van Gaal on the Barça bench, but Pepe Reina Y Ruud Hesp They closed the doors of ownership and he went to Malaga, which paid two million euros for him.

There he was also a substitute until in 2004 he was placed under the sticks and was the protagonist for several seasons, becoming the captain of the team. He did not make his debut with the Spanish national team, but he did succeed in international training tournaments, such as the 1998 Under-21 European Championship, in which he was chosen as the best player.

Real Oviedo announced this Saturday the suspension of all matches of the day and the postponement of tomorrow’s clash at Carlos Tartiere against Mirands.


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