Lausanne (AFP)

Former French international Yuri Djorkaeff has been appointed head of the Fifa Foundation, founded in 2018, which runs social programs around the world and helps rebuild sports infrastructure, the international federation said on Tuesday.

Djorkaeff, 51, who ended his career in 2006, was appointed general director of the foundation based in Zurich, headquarters of Fifa. The English Joyce Cook, already head of the division in charge of relations with the member federations of Fifa, will act as general secretary of the foundation.

World champion in 1998, Djorkaeff, passed by Monaco, Paris-SG or the Red Bulls of New York where he ended his career, has since been involved in various development projects and created his own foundation in 2014.

"Working with my foundation has been the most rewarding experience of my life (...) We all know the potential of football to change lives and I am happy to be able to contribute in a very concrete way", said Djorkaeff, quoted in the statement of Fifa.

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