Youri Djorkaeff

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Youri Djorkaeff
Youri Djorkaeff 2011.jpg
Djorkaeff in 2011
Personal information
Full name Youri Raffi Djorkaeff
Date of birth (1968-03-09) 9 March 1968 (age 46)
Place of birth Lyon, France
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in) [1]
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1989 Grenoble 82 (23)
1989–1990 Strasbourg 35 (25)
1990–1995 Monaco 155 (59)
1995–1996 Paris Saint-Germain 35 (13)
1996–1999 Internazionale 87 (30)
1999–2002 1. FC Kaiserslautern 55 (14)
2002–2004 Bolton Wanderers 75 (20)
2004 Blackburn Rovers 3 (0)
2005–2006 New York Red Bulls[2] 40 (10)
Total 576 (194)
National team
1993 France B 2 (3)
1993–2002 France 82 (28)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Youri Raffi Djorkaeff (born 9 March 1968) is a former French international footballer who played as a forward or as an attacking midfielder. With the French national team, Djorkaeff won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000. He is the son of former player Jean Djorkaeff.

Biography[edit]

Djorkaeff was born to a Kalmyk-Polish father and an Armenian mother in Lyon.[3]

He started his career in 1984 with French club Grenoble, before moving to RC Strasbourg in 1989, AS Monaco in 1990, and then Paris Saint-Germain in 1995. In 1994, Djorkaeff led Division 1 in goals with 20.

In 1996, he signed with Italian giants Internazionale and in 1999, he transferred to Germany and Kaiserslautern. Djorkaeff turned many heads when signing with English club Bolton Wanderers in 2002, but added a lot of class to the team during his three seasons there, resulting in the creation of an international "dream-team" alongside the tricky Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha and former Real Madrid midfielder Iván Campo. He then transferred to Blackburn Rovers for the 2004–05 season, but left the club after playing in only three games. Djorkaeff then signed with the MetroStars of Major League Soccer in February 2005 for $180,000 plus incentives, turning down higher paid offers from other countries. He became the first French player to play in MLS and ended the season as the team's MVP with ten goals and seven assists in league play.

Djorkaeff announced from the beginning that he would hang-up his boots at the end of 2006 season, and played for the re-branded New York Red Bulls.[4] On 1 July 2006, he was spotted in the crowd with French fans at the FIFA World Cup quarter-final match between France and Brazil after telling Red Bulls officials he left the club to attend to "an unexpected, serious family matter in France." Upon his return, he revealed that the purpose of his departure was to be with his sick mother and downplayed watching the World Cup match.[5]

He retired from football on 29 October 2006, after being sidelined in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semi-finals because of an ankle injury.[6]

Cups and medals[edit]

Djorkaeff won the Cup Winners' Cup with Paris Saint-Germain in 1996 and the UEFA Cup with Internazionale in 1998. He accumulated 82 caps and scored 28 goals for France. Other than the two major tournament (the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2000), Djorkaeff also played for his country in UEFA Euro 1996 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Personal[edit]

Djorkaeff released a singing single called "Vivre dans Ta Lumière", translated to "Living in Your Light" from French.[7] His brother, Micha Djorkaeff, was also a professional football player.

On 15 November 2012 Djorkaeff hosted Phone-a-thon for Armenian charity held in Europe. The Phoneathon benefits the construction of community centers in villages throughout Artsakh and comprehensive agricultural development in Armenia's Tavush Region. In addition, a part of the proceeds will be dedicated to providing urgent aid to the Syrian-Armenian community.[8]

Honours[edit]

Djorkaeff was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 1998[9][10]

Monaco
Paris Saint-Germain
Internazionale
Bolton Wanderers
France

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[11][12][13]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
France League Coupe de
France
Coupe de la
Ligue
Europe Total
1984–85 Grenoble Division 2 3 0 - - - - - - 3 0
1985–86 6 0 - - - - - - 6 0
1986–87 26 4 - - - - - - 26 4
1987–88 19 8 1 0 - - - - 20 8
1988–89 25 11 3 1 - - - - 28 12
1989–90 3 0 - - - - - - 3 0
1989–90 Strasbourg 28 21 6 2 - - - - 34 23
1990–91 7 4 - - - - - - 7 4
1990–91 Monaco Division 1 20 5 6 1 - - - - 26 6
1991–92 35 9 5 0 - - 7 1 47 10
1992–93 32 11 2 2 - - 4 1 38 14
1993–94 35 20 2 0 - - 11 3 48 23
1994–95 33 14 1 0 3 0 - - 37 14
1995–96 Paris Saint-Germain 35 13 2 2 1 0 8 4 46 19
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1996–97 Internazionale Serie A 33 14 6 1 - - 10 2 49 17
1997–98 29 8 4 0 - - 9 0 42 8
1998–99 25 8 6 4 - - 5 2 36 14
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
1999–2000 Kaiserslautern Bundesliga 25 11 - - - - 3 0 28 11
2000–01 26 3 2 0 - - 7 2 35 5
2001–02 4 0 - - - - - - 4 0
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2001–02 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 12 4 - - - - - - 12 4
2002–03 36 7 1 0 - - - - 37 7
2003–04 27 9 - - 5 1 - - 32 10
2004–05 Blackburn Rovers 3 0 - - - - - - 3 0
USA League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2005 New York Red Bulls Major League
Soccer
19 8 2 1 - - - - 21 9
2006 21 2 1 0 - - - - 22 2
Total France 307 120 28 8 4 0 30 9 369 137
Italy 87 30 16 5 - - 24 4 127 39
Germany 55 14 2 0 - - 10 2 67 16
England 78 20 1 0 5 1 - - 84 21
USA 40 10 3 1 - - - - 43 11
Career total 567 194 50 14 9 1 64 15 690 224

International[edit]

[14]

France national team
Year Apps Goals
1993 1 0
1994 5 3
1995 7 5
1996 12 5
1997 6 3
1998 18 3
1999 9 3
2000 11 4
2001 7 2
2002 6 0
Total 82 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography for Youri Djorkaeff". imdb.com. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  2. ^ The club was known as the MetroStars prior to 2006.
  3. ^ "ФРАНЦИЯ – АРМЕНИЯ" (in Russian). Спорт Экспресс. 31 March 1999. 
  4. ^ "uefa.com – Football Europe – News & Features – News Specific". [dead link]
  5. ^ "Djorkaeff returns to Bulls after a month away". bigapplesoccer.com. 7 August 2006. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "France great Djorkaeff quits game". BBC News. 30 October 2006. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Dart, James (22 August 2007). "Does Shay Given really carry holy water with him at every match?". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Phone-a-thon for Armenian charity held in Europe ahead of 24-hour Thanksgiving Day Telethon". Armenia Now (Armenia). 16 November 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "France honors World Cup winners – Government gives Legion of Honor to players, coaches". CNN/SI. 1 September 1998. Retrieved 20 July 2006. 
  10. ^ "Décret du 24 juillet 1998 portant nomination à titre exceptionnel". JORF (in French) 1998 (170her): 11376. 25 July 1998. PREX9801916D. Retrieved 10 March 2009. 
  11. ^ "Youri Djorkaeff". footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Youri DJORKAEFF". level-k.com. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  13. ^ "Youri Djorkaeff". world-soccer.org. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "Youri Djorkaeff – International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 

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Preceded by
Javier Zanetti
Internazionale Player Of The Year
1997
Succeeded by
Ronaldo