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Matthias Sammer has been appointed technical director of the German Football Association (DFB).

The (DFB) decided at a meeting on Wednesday to offer the 38-year-old former international on a five-year contract.

Sammer is the former coach of Borussia Dortmund and Stuttgart, will effectively take control of the country’s youth teams up to the under-20 age group.

National coach, Juergen Klinsmann, a former team-mate of Sammer, had wanted the German men’s hockey coach Bernhard Peters as the new technical director.

The DFB told Klinsmann that his job was safe provided Germany enjoyed a successful World Cup.

“The DFB aims to continue working with Juergen Klinsmann as our national team coach after the World Cup, as long as the results allow,” the statement said.

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