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Christian Karembeu
Gender Male
Ethnic French
Job French Footballer
Desc The midfielder was at Real Madrid during the 1998 finals tournament, but left in 2000 to join Middlesbrough. He had further spells at Olympiakos, Servette in Switzerland and Bastia in France. He now works as a consultant commentator for the matches broadcast by French television and Orange TV. Christian is also an ambassador for his country of origin- New Caledonia


Org French National Team
Club as Player Real Madrid


Teammate Zinedine Zidane
  Emmanuel Petit
  Patrick Vieira
1998 07 12
World Cup 1998 final where France defeat Brazil 3-0. Zinedine Zidane score 2 goals with assist from Emmanuel Petit and Youri Djorkaeff. also final goal came from Emmanuel Petit with assist by Patrick Vieira

2017 04 23 Retrieve

[Christian Karembeu says Florentino Perez should sign Kylian Mbappe before the Real Madrid presidential elections] Mr. Perez never disappoints with the signings. He always signs big players. He had his logic of signing all the Ballon Dór winners- Kaka, (Fabio) Cannavaro, Ronaldo, Zidane, (Luis) Figo- all came to Madrid. Maybe he can do that with Messi, you never know!

The next strategy could be Mbappe. He is young and can improve himself to be better. Mbappe could be the one. But it depends on the election

I think it is not good to announce if he (Luis Enrique) did so. It’s a little bit early. It’s not good because in dressing room, when you control them, they (the players) know that the coach is going. When they are focusing on the championship, it affects the concentration. Also, seeing that Neymar and Messi were confronting some problems, not sport-wise, but personal issues- all of this makes it very confusing in their performance

2017 04 23b Retrieve

[Christian Karembeu insist that Zinedine Zidane’s success as the coach of Real Madrid had not come as a surprise for him] I wasn’t surprised. First of all, because he is always committed in what he wants to do. He is a winner, winning is in his DNA. He hates losing. So I think he is managing the team well. He was very humble to come to the Cantera. He knows everything as a player and as a coach. I am not surprised. But to succeeded so quick, maybe that was surprising. We all know he is an excellent coach and player

2017 04 23c Retrieve

[Christian Karembeu spoke ahead of the much anticipated El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid] Neymar Jr is missing the game but (Lionel) Messi will be present. Same goes for Real Madrid because they played against Bayern Munich without Varane and they performed very well. So, I believe the Clasico will be of high intensity and will be highly demanding, actions, shows and I hope [there are] goals, too!

2017 06 26 Retrieve

[Christian Karembeu says Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Real Madrid this summer despite recent revelations that he wants to leave the club] I don’t think he will leave. We need to be realistic. He has a contract and with any contact there are rules and laws. His release clause is €1 billion and no club will be able to pay that. I think Cristiano will stay and they will find a solution. We will see what happens, but I think he will stay

He broke all the records. He belongs to Real Madrid and I think he knows that. He has achieved many, many goals with Real Madrid. He is a worldwide brand, just like Real Madrid, so I think he is in the best place and I think he will end up staying.

2018 03 29 Retrieve

[Christian Karembeu says Real Madrid are the clear favourites to lift the Champions League for a third year in a row] Don’t even ask the question. Only Real can win it [the Champions League], that’s it. In Kiev, who’s going to play against Real, this I don’t know. Real will be in Kiev, yes. He was an amazing player and he will become an amazing coach. He’s doing it already

2018 03 29b Retrieve

[Karembeu is former midfielder backing Didier Deschamps and Les Bleus to bounce back from their Euro 2016 final disappointment at the World Cup in Russia] France will win because 20 years ago we did it. Didier Deschamps is experienced and knows his group. They played a final of a European Championship at home. He saw some interesting performances. It was a successful competition. He has to bounce back.

2018 03 29c Retrieve

[Karembeu believes errors made by officials should be accepted as part of the game] Obviously, we live in a new generation. If we have to implement new technologies such as VAR, we have to accept it, but again, we have to remain human - errors are human. We are allowed to let the referee make some mistakes. He’s just like us. A player is also making mistakes. Why not the referee? We’ll always speak about the ‘Hand of God’ of Maradona. Football is theatrical, it’s a show

2018 05 26 Retrieve

[Christian Karembeu says Zidane can become Real Madrid’s greatest ever manager] He would be the No. 1 manager in Madrid’s history. The club have always broken records and maybe Zizou will do it. I am a Real Madrid fan and a former player so I would like Zidane to make the record by winning three times in a row. It would give them the dimension of the biggest club in the world, but they have a real adversary in front of them with Liverpool. They are very dangerous with [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane and [Roberto] Firmino. Nobody was expecting them [to make the final], but the way they play is fantastic. Through the qualifiers they won with their own way of playing, with speed and efficiency in front of the goal. By winning many games the trust and confidence comes through the team and that’s why they have delivered great performances.

2018 07 14 Retrieve

[Christian Karembeu on Antoine Griezmann who has three goals for the tournament] Griezmann could win the Ballon d’Or, but for that to happen he needs to win the World Cup

2018 07 14b Retrieve

[Christian Karembeu wish his best for France ahead of Sunday’s showdown against Croatia] I’d really love it for France to become champions again, 20 years later. We’ve suffered a lot in our games, but we’ve managed to liberate ourselves from that and now we’re playing well

2019 06 22 Retrieve

[Christian Karembeu says Paul Pogba is ready for a move to Real Madrid] He is a great player, and Zizou knows him from Juventus. He is ready for Madrid, although he will have to prove it. That shirt weighs a lot. He is a player for Real Madrid. You have to sign him now! The president [Florentino Perez] knows it. He’s fabulous. But also very, very expensive. And you have to respect PSG. I hope to see Kylian playing in white one day. You must understand that there is nothing like playing in Madrid

[Karembeu believes the right approach is being taken and is excited by the project being pieced together by Perez and Zidane] Yes, the season was bad. In my time we also went from winning the Champions to suffering later. Madrid always returns. They have a good base, starting with the great captain, [Sergio] Ramos. The signings have been good