Youri Djorkaeff revealed his Armenia coach ambitions
In an interview with the French magazine Francefootball.fr, 1998 FIFA World Cup champion Youri Djorkaeff said that he would like to coach the national soccer team of Armenia.
Djorkaeff, a 42-year-old former French-Armenian player, said he has not received any official offer from Armenia’s Soccer Federation, “but if I were offered one day to be the coach of Armenia, I would think about it,” he said, according to the publication.
“My father, Jean, has coached the Armenian National Soccer Team. It would be nice if I also trained the Armenian team one day. It would be an interesting adventure,” he added.
Djorkaeff, whose mother is Armenian, played as a forward or as an attacking midfielder for a number of leading European sides, including Paris Saint-Germain (France), Internazionale (Milan, Italy), Kaiserslautern (Germany), Bolton Wanderers (UK), and others.
With the French national team, Djorkaeff won the 1998 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2000.
In September 1999, together with another French-Armenian player and World Cup winner Alain Boghossian, Djorkaeff played against Armenia in a Euro-2000 qualifier in Yerevan and scored a crucial goal for Les Bleus from the penalty spot (the French team won 3-2). Both Djorkaeff and Boghossian were then received by Armenia’s then President Robert Kocharyan, who handed them Armenian passports, reportedly telling them that “Armenia is your country”.