|Full name||Matthias Sammer|
|Date of birth||5 September 1967|
|Place of birth||Dresden, East Germany|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Sweeper / Central Midfielder|
|Current club||Bayern Munich (sporting director)|
|2012–||Bayern Munich (Sporting Director)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Matthias Sammer (German pronunciation: [maˈtiːas ˈzamɐ]; born 5 September 1967 in Dresden) is a retired German football player and coach who is now working as sport director of FC Bayern Munich. He played as a midfielder, and later in his career as a sweeper.
With Borussia Dortmund, Sammer 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.
Club career 
Dynamo Dresden 
Sammer started his career at SG Dynamo Dresden when he joined the club's youth team as a nine year-old in 1976. He made his debut for the senior team under the management of his father, Klaus Sammer, in the 1985–86 season. Playing as a striker, he scored eight goals in his first season as Dynamo finished fifth in the DDR-Oberliga. After being moved to the left wing the following season by new manager Eduard Geyer, he eventually found his place in central midfield during the 1987–88 season.
In the 1988–89 season, Sammer was part of the Dynamo Dresden team which won the East German championship. The same season the club also reached the semi-final of the UEFA Cup where they were knocked out by West German club VfB Stuttgart. The following year Dynamo won the league and cup double, defending the DDR-Oberliga title and also winning the 1990 FDGB-Pokal.
VfB Stuttgart 
In the summer of 1990, Sammer joined VfB Stuttgart of the Fußball-Bundesliga. Sammer scored 11 times in his debut season as Stuttgart finished sixth in the Bundesliga. The following year Sammer scored nine goals, helping Stuttgart to become the first champions of the reunified Germany.
After two seasons at Stuttgart, Sammer joined Italian club Internazionale for the 1992–93 Serie A season. Though he was a success on the pitch, scoring four times in 11 appearances, including a goal against Juventus in the Derby d'Italia, Sammer failed to adapt to the Italian lifestyle and returned to Germany in January 1993.
Borussia Dortmund 
The following season, Sammer was moved from midfield into the libero position by Dortmund coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. This move proved to be successful as Dortmund won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 1994–95 and 1995–96, followed by the 1996–97 UEFA Champions League, with Sammer lifting the European Cup as captain after beating Juventus 3–1 in the final at Munich's Olympiastadion.
Soon after winning the Champions League, Sammer's career was cut short by injury. He made only three further Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund before suffering a serious knee injury which he failed to recover from and retired in 1998.
In addition the two Bundesliga titles and one Champions League, Sammer also lead Dortmund to two DFB-Supercups, in 1995 and 1996. Sammer himself was named German Footballer of the Year in both 1995 and 1996 and was named European Footballer of the Year in 1996, making him the first defender to win the Ballon d'Or since Franz Beckenbauer in 1972.
International career 
East Germany 
Sammer represented the GDR at every age group. He was part of the East German squads which won the 1986 UEFA European Under-18 Football Championship and finished third at the 1987 FIFA World Youth Championship.
On 19 December 1990, Sammer debuted for the newly formed unified Germany national football team, which was mostly made up of the West Germany team that had won the 1990 FIFA World Cup. The match was played at his home stadium in Stuttgart and Germany ran out 4–0 winners against Switzerland.
Sammer was a member of the German squad for UEFA Euro 1992, where the team was beaten in the final by Denmark. He was also selected for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, as Germany was surprisingly knocked out by the underdog Bulgaria at the quarter final stage.
In UEFA Euro 1996, Sammer played in the libero role he had been converted to at Borussia Dortmund. He scored the opening goal in Germany's second group match against Russia and the winning goal against Croatia in the quarter-final. After Germany defeated the Czech Republic in the final, Sammer was named Player of the Tournament.
Coaching and management career 
Borussia Dortmund 
After retirement, Sammer became head coach of Borussia Dortmund on 1 July 2000. Sammer led Borussia Dortmund to another Bundesliga title in 2002. His team reached the 2001–02 UEFA Cup final the same year but lost 2–3 against Feyenoord. Sammer was sacked at the end of the 2003–04 season after Dortmund finished in sixth place.
VfB Stuttgart 
German Football Association 
On 1 April 2006, he was appointed technical director of German Football Association (DFB), on a five-year contract. The position was new in the DFB at the time. It included 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 was also expected to work on a tactical system for all of Germany's national sides in close co-operation with national coach Joachim Löw.
Bayern Munich 
Personal life 
Sammer is married and has three children, Sarah, Marvin, and Leon. He lives in Munich, Germany.
Club career statistics 
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|East Germany||League||FDGB-Pokal||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|1992–93||Internazionale Milano||Serie A||11||4||1||0||-||-||-||-||12||4|
International career statistics 
National team statistics 
East German national team statistics 
|East Germany national team|
German national team statistics 
|Germany national team|
International goals 
Goals for East Germany 
- Scores and results table. Germany's goal tally first:
|1.||31 August 1988||Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark, Berlin, East Germany||Greece||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2.||6 September 1989||Laugardalsvöllur, Reykjavík, Iceland||Iceland||1–0||3–0||1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
|3.||8 October 1989||Stadion an der Gellertstraße, Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany||Soviet Union||2–1||2–1||1990 FIFA World Cup qualifying|
|4.||11 April 1990||Stadion an der Gellertstraße, Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany||Egypt||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|5.||12 September 1990||Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Belgium||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|6.||12 September 1990||Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||Belgium||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
Goals for Germany 
|1.||16 December 1992||Estádio Olímpico Monumental, Porto Alegre, Brazil||Brazil||1–2||1–3||Friendly|
|2.||2 June 1994||Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria||Austria||1–0||5–1||Friendly|
|3.||8 June 1994||Varsity Stadium, Toronto, Canada||Canada||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|4.||8 October 1995||Ulrich-Haberland-Stadion, Leverkusen, Germany||Moldova||3–0||6–1||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|5.||8 October 1995||Ulrich-Haberland-Stadion, Leverkusen, Germany||Moldova||6–0||6–1||UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying|
|6.||4 June 1996||Carl-Benz-Stadion, Mannheim, Germany||Liechtenstein||5–0||9–1||Friendly|
|7.||16 June 1996||Old Trafford, Manchester, England||Russia||1–0||3–0||UEFA Euro 1996|
|8.||23 June 1996||Old Trafford, Manchester, England||Croatia||2–1||2–1||UEFA Euro 1996|
Coaching statistics 
- As of 8 May 2012
|Borussia Dortmund||1 July 2000||30 June 2004||Bundesliga||146||68||37||41||234||150||+84||46.58|
|VfB Stuttgart||1 July 2004||3 June 2005||Bundesliga||34||17||7||10||54||40||+14||50.00|
As a Player 
- Fußball-Bundesliga: 1994–95, 1995–96
- DFB-Supercup: 1995, 1996
- UEFA Champions League: 1996–97
- Intercontinental Cup: 1997
- European Super Cup: Runner-up 1997
- German Footballer of the Year: 1995, 1996
- European Footballer of the Year: 1996
- UEFA Euro 1996 Team of the Tournament: 1996
- UEFA Euro 1996 Best Player: 1996
As a Manager 
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- "Euro Legends: Matthias Sammer". 26 May 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
- "Euro 1996 Legends: Matthias Sammer, Germany". Goal.com. 4 June 2012.
- "Matthias Sammer wird neuer Chef-Coach". kicker (in German). 30 May 2000. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- "Perfekt: Sammer beerbt Magath". kicker (in German). 31 May 2004. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- "VfB trennt sich von Sammer". kicker. 3 June 2005. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- "Matthias Sammer appointed Sport Director". FC Bayern Munich. 2 July 2012. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- Matthias Sammer at National-Football-Teams.com
- Arnhold, Matthias (3 October 2004). "Matthias Sammer - International Appearances" (in German). RSSSF. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
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