Matthias Sammer joined the FC Bayern board of directors on 1 July 2012. A former Germany international who earned 74 caps, 23 of them for the GDR, previously spent six years as sporting director of the German Football Association (DFB) with responsibility for youth and elite player development and coaching instruction. His responsibilities at FC Bayern cover the first team, the coaching staff, the youth and junior section, and scouting.
Sammer, born in Dresden on 5 September 1967, won almost everything the game has to offer as a player. He was a GDR champion in 1989 and 1990, and GDR cup winner in 1990. After reunification, he was a Bundesliga champion in 1992, 1995 and 1996. The highlights of his playing career were triumphs in the Champions League and Intercontinental Cup (both in 1997), and Germany's victory at EURO 96. In that year, Sammer was named European Footballer of the Year, and was twice voted Germany's Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996.
After retiring as a player, he took up coaching and was a Bundesliga head coach from 2000 to 2005, winning the German championship in 2002. The father of three became DFB sporting director in 2006, where he oversaw Germany's European championship victories at U–21 (2009), U–19 (2008) and U–17 (2009) levels. Trophies are his absolute priority at FC Bayern.