Christoph Freund moves to FC Bayern

46-year-old from Salzburg to join record German champions at end of transfer window

After 17 years, Christoph Freund's time as sporting director of the Red Bulls is ending! The 46-year-old from Salzburg is moving at the end of the current transfer window to FC Bayern Munich.

Christoph Freund's willingness to take on the new role as well as positive discussions between FC Red Bull Salzburg general manager Stephan Reiter and management at FC Bayern led to the contract with the sporting director - which was due to expire in 2026, being terminated on 31 August 2023.


After so many successful years together, we want to help Christoph take the next step in his career. We are proud of his move and see it as testament to the work we are doing in our entire club. I am looking forward to the final few weeks in which we can work to finalise our squad for next season.

We were not entirely unprepared for Christoph's move, and we have already been able to think about a possible successor. We will communicate that soon.

Stephan Reiter

After an incredible 17 years at this club, which is so special for me, I have decided to take on a new challenge and become sporting director at FC Bayern Munich. I will always remember the countless wonderful and emotional moments throughout such a successful time together here, and the experiences I have gained will also help me in my new role. Now it will be a matter of using the next six weeks together with Stephan and our great team to finish the final details in our squad planning for next season and assemble another strong group to represent FC Red Bull Salzburg.

Christoph Freund