Youri Djorkaeff

Youri Djorkaeff ( born March 9, 1968 in Lyon ) is a French former football player with maternal Armenian roots; his paternal grandfather was a Kalmyk cossack, who emigrated after 1917 to France.

Club career

The attacking midfielder played as a teenager in Villeurbanne and at FC Grenoble (1984-1989), then a season with Racing Strasbourg. In 1990 he moved to AS Monaco and remained there until 1995; There followed a year at Paris Saint -Germain (1995 /96). In France's top tier of fine technician played 190 games, scoring 73 goals.

He then went abroad and played with Inter Milan (1996-1999), the first FC Kaiserslautern ( 1999-2002) and Bolton Wanderers (2002-2004), and finally for three months at Blackburn Rovers. In 2005 he moved to the U.S. professional league to the MetroStars. On October 29, 2006 Djorkaeff told his playing career ended. He intends to stay with the sport of football - " as a manager or club president."

In his time at the 1 FC Kaiserslautern, there was a significant rift between Djorkaeff and his coach Andreas Brehme, of which the French World Cup winner from 1998 had the impression that those ( of 1990 was itself become world champion ) was jealous of him: " in his eyes there was a world champion too much in this club ." From club side the player was accused of having to learn to use and because of its refusal, German, shown a lack of willingness to understanding. Therefore, it brought Djorkaeff in the three years at the Betz mountain only 55 Bundesliga appearances and 14 goals.

During his career, Djorkaeff was in a variety of playoffs - to titles handed it three times with Monaco he was 1991 Cup Winners 'Cup, with Paris Saint- Germain in 1996 Winner of the European Cup Winners' Cup with Milan, and he won the 1998 UEFA Cup.

He was also in the 1993/94 season with 20 goals scorer in the French Division 1


Between October 1993 and June 2002 Youri Djorkaeff played 82 caps for the French national team, scoring 28 goals. In the 1998 World Cup, Euro 2000 and the Confederations Cup in 2001, he was one each for the victorious French national team.

Life after the active period

In 2006 he published his autobiography under the title "Snake". Since April 2007 Youri Djorkaeff President of the Amateur Association Union Générale Arménienne de Décines, a club from the suburbs of Lyon, where his father Jean " Tchoucki " Djorkaeff - this was also the French national team and World Cup participants - ( a manager ) and two his brothers ( as Vice-President or players) are active.


  • French Cup Winners: 1991
  • European Cup Winners' Cup: 1996
  • UEFA Cup: 1998
  • World Champion: 1998
  • European Championship: 2000
  • Winner of Confederations Cup: 2001
  • Scorer in the French Division 1: 1994