World Cup winner Christian Karembeu to attend youth tournament in Auckland

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World Cup-winning footballer Christian Karembeu will visit Auckland in mid-April to attend an U-15 boys’ development tournament.

The tournament is being hosted by Oceania Football Confederation at its Ngahue Reserve headquarters, and will involve teams from the Oceania region.

Karembeu (52) is a UEFA Assist Football Ambassador and has an affinity with the Oceania region, having been born in New Caledonia.

At 17, he moved to France in search of a professional career and was capped 53 times by France, winning the 1998 FIFA World Cup with the national side. He was also part of the successful French team at Euro 2000.

Main photo: Christian Karembeu. Credit: Vinod Divakaran / Wikipedia Commons.

The defensive midfielder played for Nantes, Sampdoria, Real Madrid, Middlesbrough, Olympiakos. Servette and Bastia over a 16-year career and he is currently the sporting director at Olympiakos in Greece.

Karembeu will attend team training sessions and matches while he is in Auckland.

The development tournament does not have a New Zealand entry.

OFC U-15 Boys’ Youth Development Tournament
Dates: April 11 — 17, 2023
Venue: Ngahue Reserve, New Zealand

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