Youri Djorkaeff

NRJ Music Awards 2009 - Arrivals

Djorkaeff in 2009, photo by

Birth Name: Youri Raffi Djorkaeff

Place of Birth: Lyon, France

Date of Birth: 9 March, 1968

*father – Kalmyk, Polish
*mother – Armenian

Youri Djorkaeff is a French international footballer. An attacking midfielder or forward, he played with Grenoble, Strasbourg, Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter Milan, Kaiserslautern, the Bolton Wanderers, the Blackburn Rovers, and the New York Red Bulls. He won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000, with the French national team.

Youri is the son of Maria Ohanian and professional footballer and manager Jean Djorkaeff, who played as a defender. His father was born in Charvieu, France, of Kalmyk and Polish descent. His mother is Armenian. The Kalmyk people are an ethnic group related to Mongols, who live primarily in the Republic of Kalmykia, a federal subject of Russia in the Caucasus.

Youri is married to Sophie, with whom he has three children, including professional footballer Oan Djorkaeff.

Youri’s maternal grandfather was named Garo Ohanian. Youri named his son Ohan in his honour.

Source: Information about Youri’s Armenian ancestry –

1 Response

  1. andrew says:

    maternal grandfather: Garo Ohanian. In his honor, he named his son Ohan.

    parents: Jean Djorkaeff and Maria Ohanian.

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