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In the following interview, Arnau speaks about his career, his family and how sports gave him a competitive spirit that helped him in his personal life.


What is the most important value your parents taught you?

I would highlight two: honesty and humbleness

Who is nowadays a referent for you and why?

I would definitely say my parents. They have worked very hard and have made a lot of sacrifices for the family.

Who has influenced your life the most and how?

I think my father. He is an example, mainly by the way he treated me, and still treats me. Professionally, Manel Casanova, who taught me everything I know about soccer management.

What is your best memory outside the world of sports?

The moment my children were born.

For you, what are the three most important values sports have?

Sports are fun. They help you staying healthy and they also allow you to improve yourself, both on and off the field.

What is the most important thing sports have given you?

Sports have given me everything I have. My life has always been linked to soccer, both personal y and professionally.

A pastime away from sports…

I enjoy reading and going to the movies.

What advice would you give to young athletes?

I would recommend them to make sports their way of living. With hard work they can achieve it.

What do you need to be happy?

Not much, the most important is to approach things the way they make you happy.

How would you like to be remembered?

I would like to be remembered as an honest and humble person that always tried to help others.

What would you like to tell the world? You have 140 characters.

I would tell them to not fight to not argue. It is better to reach agreements and to have an attitude that leads us to build things and not to destroy them. 


Paco Virués


Francesc Arnau was born in 1975 in Les Planes, Girona. He was one of the top world keepers 15 years ago. Formed at FC Barcelona’s academy, Arnau made his debut with Barça’s first team and won the 1999 league title. Then he played for Málaga 11 seasons. Playing for Spain he was chosen the Most Valuable Player of the 1998 Under-21 European championship. When he retired in 2011, he started working as a soccer executive until becoming Málaga’s general manager. Currently he is a soccer analyst at Gol Television.   


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