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Youri Djorkaeff to head the Fifa Foundation

Former French international Youri Djorkaeff has been appointed head of the Fifa Foundation, which runs social programs around the world and helps rebuild sports infrastructure, France24 reports.

Djorkaeff, 51, who ended his career in 2006, was appointed general director of the foundation based in Zurich, Fifa headquarters. 

“Working with my foundation has been the most rewarding experience of my life. We all know the potential of football to change lives and I am happy to be able to contribute in a very concrete way,” Fifa quoted Djorkaeff as saying.

“Proud of my brother Youri Djorkaeff , who has just been appointed President of the FIFA Foundation and FIFA Legend,” Denis Djorkaeff said in a Twitter post.

Djorkaeff was born to Kalmyk-Polish father Jean Djorkaeff and an Armenian mother Mary Ohanian in Lyon.

With the French national team, Djorkaeff won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000.

Djorkaeff was awarded Armenia’s Medal of Gratitude in 2017.

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