Francesc Xavier Arnau Grabulosa AKA Francesc Arnau was a goalkeeper for Málaga and Real Oviedo, as well as a technical director for both clubs. He was born on 23 March 1975 in Les Planes, Spain.
Francesc Arnau, a former Barcelona goalkeeper, died on Saturday at the age of 46, according to the Spanish football team.
He was 46 years old.
Arnau made his last appearance as a professional on May 21, 2011, coming on as a substitute for Willy Caballero in the final minutes of Málaga’s 3–1 home loss to Barcelona, ensuring the club’s top-flight status.
Arnau represented Spain at the 1998 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, where he was named tournament MVP as the country won. He kept working with his last team as a youth coach after retiring at the age of 36, alongside former teammate Salva.
On December 15, 2015, Arnau took over as Málaga’s new director of football, replacing Armando Husillos.
After a bad start to the season, Malaga fired the coach and the board, including Arnau, in October 2017.
Real Oviedo announced on 3 December 2019 that Arnau had been appointed as the club’s sporting director, with a contract that runs until June 2022.
Francesc Arnau was not married.
How Did Francesc Arnau Die? (Cause Of Death)
Francesc Arnau died on May 22, 2021, at the age of 46, according to Real Oviedo. Barcelona announced it on Twitter, “We deeply regret the death of Francesc Arnau (1975), who joined FC Barcelona at youth level and became a first-team goalkeeper between 1998 and 2001. He was most recently the sporting director at Real Oviedo. Rest in peace,”
The cause of his death has yet to be determined.
We deeply regret the death of Francesc Arnau (1975), who joined FC Barcelona at youth level and became a first-team goalkeeper between 1998 and 2001. He was most recently the sporting director at Real Oviedo. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/2eTRr6Nlci