Son of a former professional and international soccer player, Jean Djorkaeff, who played for France in the 1966 World Cup and also coached the Armenian national team.
World and European Champion honours in July 1998 and July 2000 with the French team. He also played for France in the 2002 World Cup.
His mother is from Armenia and his father is from Russia (Kalmyk).
Has three children: Sacha, Oan and Angelica.
Joined Bolton Wanderers on a free transfer in February 2002 in what was one of the club's biggest deals in history. The former World Cup and European Championship winner played a big part in helping the Trotters avoid relegation where he has remained a key figure since. Has captained Bolton on a number of occasions when Jay-Jay Okocha is on international duty.
(February 2002) Plays for Bolton Wanderers in England
(October 2004) Joined Premiership club Blackburn Rovers following the expiry of his contract with Bolton.
(February 2005) Joined New York/New Jersey Metrostars in the American Major Soccer League
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