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The German Football Association (DFB) has committed the longtime WDR Football Associations chief Steffen Simon as a new director public and fans.

The 57-year-old journalist is to compete his new task as a successor to the Mirjam Berle left in June on 1 May. This decided by the DFB as part of an extraordinary presidium meeting on Wednesday.

Simon will be responsible at the association in the future for the “Corporate Communications” area. He is said to drive “the strategic development and positioning of the association and its subsidiaries in public perception” the strategic development and positioning of the association and its subsidiaries in public perception “

“I’m looking forward to involved in the DFB in the future,” said Simon, football in Germany “a high social meaning”.

The Deputy DFB Secretary-General Heike Ullrich praised him as one of the “best known figures in German Football Associations journalism. He is a specialist in his competence there is no doubt”. Simon “can convince he can inspire he understands his craft”. They also treasise “his ability to empathy, his way to lead people and deal with them”.

Simon worked in the WDR for 19 years in a senior position and most recently serves as a program chief Football Association all linear and digital Football Associations content, including the Bundesliga Football Associations show in the first and Football Associations show.de. He was the fible commentator of the ARD for 16 years and accompanied the national team in eight world and European championships. He initiated the “final day of the amateurs” and belonged to the Board of Trustees of the German Football Museum.