Youri Raffi Djorkaeff (French pronunciation: [juʁi raffi djɔʁkaɛf]; born 9 March 1968) is a French former professional footballer who played as an attacking midfielder and a striker. With the French national team, Djorkaeff won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000. He is the son of former player Jean Djorkaeff. He currently runs the Youri Djorkaeff Foundation.
Djorkaeff in 2011
|Full name||Youri Raffi Djorkaeff|
|Date of birth||9 March 1968|
|Place of birth||Lyon, France|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|2005–2006||New York Red Bulls||45||(12)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Djorkaeff 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. He won the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with PSG in 1996.
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 but left the club after playing in only three games.
Djorkaeff then signed with the MetroStars of Major League Soccer in February 2005, 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. 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.
He retired from professional football on 29 October 2006.
Djorkaeff accumulated 82 caps and scored 28 goals for France at senior level between 1993 and 2002. Other than the two major tournaments he won with the national side – the 1998 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2000 – Djorkaeff also played for his country in UEFA Euro 1996 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Djorkaeff has a wife, Sophie, and three children: Sacha, Oan and Angelica. Djorkaeff released a singing single called "Vivre dans Ta Lumière", translated to "Living in Your Light" from French. His father, Jean, and younger brother, Micha Djorkaeff, were also professional football players.
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 Nagorno Karabakh 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.
Djorkaeff currently runs the Youri Djorkaeff Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing football programs in New York City.
|Club performance||League||National Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Coupe de la
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1996–97||Inter Milan||Serie A||33||14||6||1||-||-||10||2||49||17|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2001–02||Bolton Wanderers||Premier League||12||4||2||0||1||0||0||0||14||4|
|USA||League||Open Cup||League Cup||North America||Total|
|2006||New York Red Bulls||21||2||1||0||-||-||-||-||22||2|
|France national team|
- FIFA World Cup: 1998
- UEFA European Championship: 2000
- FIFA Confederations Cup: 2001
- Division 1 top scorer 1993–94
- UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 1996
- Pirata d'Oro (Inter Milan Player of the Year): 1997
- FIFA XI: 1997
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