Youri Djorkaeff and Didier Drogba were named as ambassadors for the LFP at Thursday’s General Assembly in Paris.
The Ligue de Football Professionel is very proud to be able to call on two great former players to accompany French professional football in its development both in France and internationally.
Youri Djorkaeff and Didier Drogba will participate in international events, trophy ceremonies and other events organised by the LFP and its partners to help promote the league and its clubs.
A World Cup winner in 1998 and European champion in 2000 with France, Youri Djorkaeff won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup with Paris Saint-Germain in 1996 and the Coupe de France with AS Monaco in 1991. He also played in the Cup Winners’ Cup final with Monaco in 1992 and won the UEFA Cup with Internazionale in 1998. Djorkaeff played 190 Ligue 1 matches for PSG and Monaco and scored 72 times, ending the 1993-94 season as the division’s joint-top scorer on 20 goals. Last April, he was named as an ambassador for the 23rd Coupe de la Ligue final.
“I am honoured to be able to join the start of a long adventure. After scoring and setting up goals on the field, this new opportunity constitutes an exciting challenge. Ligue 1 Conforama is becoming more attractive. It is up to me to join in with the work being done to make our league better known internationally,” Djorkaeff said.
Twice a runner-up in the Africa Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast, Didier Drogba played in the 2004 UEFA Cup final for Olympique de Marseille. He made a total of 144 appearances in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 with Le Mans FC, En Avant de Guingamp and Marseille, scoring 51 goals. Nineteen of those goals came for OM in 2003-04, a season which saw him voted Ligue 1 player of the year. Drogba went on to win the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea, as well as four English Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a league and Cup double in Turkey with Galatasaray. He has twice been named African player of the year, in 2006 and 2009.
“I am very proud to accompany the Ligue de Football Professionnel in this new programme. French football gave me a lot. By becoming an ambassador for Ligue 1 Conforama, I will now be able to help develop a league that gave me so much, both on the pitch and in the stands,” said Drogba.
LFP President Nathalie Boy de la Tour added: “It is a great honour for the league to be able to launch its ambassador programme with two great players in Youri Djorkaeff and Didier Drogba. They gave us joy on the field and have shown solidarity and generosity off it. They are also two men who carry with them the values to which football attaches itself.”