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Christian Karembeu
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Personal information
Full name Christian Lali Karembeu
Date of birth 3 December 1970 (1970-12-03) (age 39)
Place of birth    Lifou, New Caledonia
Height 1.77 m
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1990–1995
1995–1997
1997–2000
2000–2001
2001–2004
2004–2005
2005–2006
FC Nantes Atlantique
U.C. Sampdoria
Real Madrid
Middlesbrough F.C.
Olympiakos CFP
Servette FC
SC Bastia
130 (5)
062 (6)
051 (1)
033 (4)
088 (5)
023 (2)
018 (1)   
National team
1992–2002 France 053 (1)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Christian Karembeu (born 3 December 1970 in Lifou, New Caledonia) is a former French international football player and current scout for Arsenal F.C. He is currently a non-executive director of Grandtop International Holdings Limited, which recently took over Birmingham City FC[1]. He is also part of a Paris based consortium to expand the A-League with a Pacific Island team [2].

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Career

During his career Karembeu played for Nantes (1990-95), Sampdoria (1995-97), Real Madrid (1997-2000), Middlesbrough (2000-01), Olympiakos (2001-04), Servette Genève (2004-05), Bastia (2005). With Real Madrid, he won the Champions League in 1998 and 2000, starting in the former but remaining on the bench for the latter. He last played midfield for Bastia in the French Ligue 1. He announced his retirement on 13 October 2006, although he added that he would "be having a kickabout from time to time". The France legend also took part in a friendly competition for Kettering Town FC with Gianfranco Zola, Les Ferdinand and Gus Poyet.

Coaching Career

In May 2006 Karembeu became a scout for English Premiership side Portsmouth Football Club. However, in August 2009, Christian decided to join Arsenal's ever expanding scouting network. On 9 December 2005, Karembeu represented the OFC at the draw for the 2006 World Cup which took place in Leipzig, Germany.

International

Born in the French territory of New Caledonia, he was a vital player in the French team that won the 1998 World Cup. In Euro 2000, he was on the squad as well but played only one game. He compiled 53 caps in his career, earning his first one on 14 November 1992 against Finland in a 2-1 victory.

Trivia

Karembeu gained notoriety for not singing the French national anthem La Marseillaise on the field. This stance earned him some criticism and a fair amount of respect.

Personal

Karembeu is married to Slovak model Adriana Sklenaříková, whom he met on an airplane[3].

Honours

Titles

Following the 1998 World Cup, he was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 1998[4][5]

References


Simple English

Christian Karembeu
Personal information
Full name Christian Lali Karembeu
Date of birth 3 December 1970 (1970-12-03) (age 40)
Place of birth    Lifou, New Caledonia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1990-1995
1995-1997
1997-2000
2000-2001
2001-2004
2004-2005
2005
Nantes Atlantique
Sampdoria
Real Madrid
Middlesbrough
Olympiacos
Servette
Bastia
National team
1992-2002 France

Christian Karembeu (born 3 December 1970) is a former French football player. He has played for France national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
FranceLeague
1990/91Nantes AtlantiqueDivision 140
1991/92280
1992/93352
1993/94290
1994/95343
ItalyLeague
1995/96SampdoriaSerie A325
1996/97301
SpainLeague
1997/98Real MadridLa Liga160
1998/99200
1999/00150
EnglandLeague
2000/01MiddlesbroughPremier League334
GreeceLeague
2001/02OlympiacosAlpha Ethniki241
2002/03222
2003/04220
SwitzerlandLeague
2004/05Servette120
FranceLeague
2004/05BastiaLigue 170
CountryFrance 1695
Italy 626
Spain 510
England 334
Greece 683
Switzerland 120
Total 39518

International career statistics

France national team
YearAppsGoals
199210
199300
199460
199541
1996130
199740
1998100
199940
200040
200160
200210
Total531

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