Christian Karembeu

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Karembeu in 2009, photo by

Birth Name: Christian Lali Kake Karembeu

Place of Birth: Lifou, New Caledonia

Date of Birth: 3 December, 1970

Ethnicity: New Caledonian Kanak [Pacific Islander]

Christian Karembeu is a French professional footballer. A defensive midfielder, he played for Nantes, Sampdoria, Real Madrid, Middlesbrough, Olympiacos, Servette, and Bastia, and the France national team. He was a vital player in the French team that won the 1998 World Cup. He is sporting director for Olympiacos.

Christian was born in Lifou, New Caledonia, to Hudrenie and Paul Karembeu. He is the fifth of eighteen siblings. His surname means “the angry man” in xârâcùù, one of Kanak languages spoken in New Caledonia. The Kanak are the indigenous Melanesian inhabitants of New Caledonia. According to the 2009 census, they constitute 40.3% of the total population of New Caledonia, with 99,078 people.

New Caledonia is a French overseas territory in the Pacific Islands. At the age of seventeen, he moved to France on a scholarship to study and play football.

His great-grandfather was one of a hundred Kanaks taken to Paris in 1931, where, at the Paris Colonial Exposition, they were exhibited as “cannibals.”

Christian is married to Lebanese skier Jackie Chamoun, with whom he has a daughter.

7 Responses

  1. Dar says:

    Add Pacific Islander tag

  2. andrew says:

    He should be linked with his former wife Adriana Karembeu who is on the site too

  3. andrew says:

    *son of Paul Karembeu and Hudrenie
    *he’s the 5th of 18 siblings
    *his surname literally means “the angry man” in xârâcùù, one of Kanak languages spoken in New Caledonia

  4. ethnic says:

    it is AU,CA,US Rights Only. i am out of the country right now so cant download it yet. Will download it next week.

  5. andrew says:

    you have the picture

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