Karembeu, Issa handed Olympiacos roles
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Greek champions Olympiacos have announced the appointment of France's 1998 FIFA World Cup™-winning midfielder Christian Karembeu to an administrative role at the Super League giants.

The 42-year-old, who was also part of Les Bleus' successful UEFA EURO 2000 squad, was named strategic advisor for scouting and international relations, while ex-South Africa international Pierre Issa has been hired as the club's sporting director.

Olympiacos said the pair would be officially presented at a news conference on Wednesday.

Born in New Caledonia, Karembeu played 53 times for France, while at club level he won the UEFA Champions League twice with Real Madrid (1997/98 and 1999/2000). He also represented Olympiacos between 2001 and '03, spent time at Nantes, with whom he won the 1994/95 Ligue 1, Sampdoria, Middlesbrough and Servette before retiring in 2006 after a season at Bastia.

Meanwhile, Issa was capped 47 times by South Africa and had spells at Marseille, Chelsea, Watford, Olympic Beirut and Greek clubs Ionikos and OFI Crete.