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Sammer to stay in DFB post until 2016

Matthias Sammer has had his contract as director of sport for the German Football Association extended until 2016.

Sammer took on the position shortly before the 2006 World Cup and his focus has been on youth development, helping Germany's Under-17s, Under-19s and Under-21s all win major championships in recent years.

He recently turned down an approach from Hamburg to coach them in the Bundesliga and he has now confirmed his commitment to the German FA (DFB) by signing a contract through the 2016 World Cup.

"I am delighted that, after extending the contract of the national team coach Joachim Low and his team, we can also plan in the long term with our director of sport,'' said DFB president Dr Theo Zwanziger.

"Matthias Sammer is one of the most important figures in our association, who has done excellent work in the field of youth development.''

Sammer, who led Borussia Dortmund to the Bundesliga title in 2002 becoming the youngest coach in history to win the German title, expressed his gratitude at the faith shown in his work.

"I am delighted that the president Dr Theo Zwanziger, general secretary Wolfgang Niersbach and treasurer Horst R. Schmidt are supporting our philosophy in youth development,'' he said.

"This work is the key to establishing German football at the summit of world football.''

Meanwhile, Germany have announced their international friendly against France next February will be staged in Werder Bremen's Weser Stadion.

The last time the national team played in Bremen was in September 2005, when a hat-trick from Lukas Podolski helped them to a 4-2 win over South Africa.

"We are delighted to be back in Bremen after almost seven years and we want to offer the fans an attractive game,'' national team's general manager Oliver Bierhoff said.

"Meetings with France are traditionally attractive duels which take the limelight and enjoy a very high level of importance.''

The game will be Germany's first fixture of 2012 and will be their first warm-up for the European Championships next summer, for which Germany are well on course to qualify.

A game against the World Cup runners up Holland is also planned for November this year, after the qualifying campaign for Euro 2012 concludes in October.


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