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Matthias Sammer (born September 5 1967 in Dresdenmarker) is a retired Germanmarker football player who is now a coach. He played as a midfielder, and later in his career as a sweeper.

He was named European Footballer of the Year in 1996, the year he led Germany to victory in the European Championship. Sammer retired with 74 total caps, 23 for East Germany and 51 for the unified side.


Sammer played for his hometown club Dynamo Dresden from 1987 to 1990, the club his father, Klaus had played for and managed. He was one of the first notable East German players to join a Western club after the German re-unification when he signed with VfB Stuttgart in 1990 (the first being Andreas Thom, who joined Bayer Leverkusen from BFC Dynamo). He then went on to play with Inter Milan (1992-1993), and Borussia Dortmund (1993-1998). He won two East German championships with Dynamo Dresden (1989, 1990), and three German championships, (1992 with VfB Stuttgart, 1995 and 1996 with Borussia Dortmund). During his time in Dortmund he also won the UEFA Champions League in 1997. Sammer also scored the last ever goal for the East Germany football team before re-unification.

After a serious knee injury forced him to retire in 1998, Sammer became head coach for Borussia Dortmund in 2000, leading the team to another German championship in 2002. His team reached the UEFA Cup final the same year but lost 2:3 against Feyenoord. Sammer coached VfB Stuttgart for the 2004-05 season, but left after only one year with the club.

On 1 April 2006, he was appointed technical director of German Football Association (DFB), on a five year contract. The position is new in the DFB. It includes responsibility for the national youth teams, focusing on young talents between the ages of eleven and eighteen, as well as incorporating the latest developments in sports science into the DFB's training theories. Sammer is also expected to work on a tactical system for all of Germany's national sides in close co-operation with national coach Joachim Löw.

International goals

:Scores and results table. Germany's goal tally first:

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. August 31, 1988 Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportparkmarker, Berlinmarker, East Germanymarker 1-0 1-0 Friendly
2. September 6, 1989 Laugardalsvöllurmarker, Reykjavikmarker, Icelandmarker 1-0 3-0 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying
3. October 8, 1989 Stadion an der Gellertstrasse, Karl-Marx-Stadtmarker, East Germanymarker 2-1 2-1 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying
4. April 11, 1990 Stadion an der Gellertstrasse, Karl-Marx-Stadtmarker, East Germanymarker 2-0 2-0 Friendly
5. September 12, 1990 Constant Vanden Stock Stadiummarker, Brusselsmarker, Belgiummarker 1-0 2-0 Friendly
6. September 12, 1990 Constant Vanden Stock Stadiummarker, Brusselsmarker, Belgiummarker 2-0 2-0 Friendly
1. December 16, 1992 Estádio Olímpico Monumentalmarker, Porto Alegremarker, Brazilmarker 1-2 1-3 Friendly
2. June 2, 1994 Ernst-Happel-Stadionmarker, Viennamarker, Austriamarker 1-0 5-1 Friendly
3. June 8, 1994 Varsity Stadiummarker, Torontomarker, Canadamarker 1-0 2-0 Friendly
4. October 8, 1995 Ulrich-Haberland-Stadionmarker, Leverkusenmarker, Germanymarker 3-0 6-1 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
5. October 8, 1995 Ulrich-Haberland-Stadion, Leverkusen, Germany 6-0 6-1 UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying
6. June 4, 1996 Carl-Benz-Stadionmarker, Mannheimmarker, Germanymarker 5-0 9-1 Friendly
7. June 16, 1996 Old Traffordmarker, Manchestermarker, Englandmarker 1-0 3-0 UEFA Euro 1996
8. June 23, 1996 Old Traffordmarker, Manchestermarker, Englandmarker 2-1 2-1 UEFA Euro 1996


As a player


As a manager

Personal life

Sammer is married and has three children, Sarah, Marvin, and Leon.

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