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Del Bosque happy to stick with Spain

Published: Friday 15 November 2013, 14.35CET
Vicente del Bosque will lead reigning champions Spain into UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying after agreeing a two-year contract extension with the Royal Spanish Football Federation.
Del Bosque happy to stick with Spain
Vicente Del Bosque will be at the helm for Spain's UEFA European Championship defence ©Getty Images

Published: Friday 15 November 2013, 14.35CET

Del Bosque happy to stick with Spain

Vicente del Bosque will lead reigning champions Spain into UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying after agreeing a two-year contract extension with the Royal Spanish Football Federation.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque will lead the world and European champions into UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying following their participation at next summer's FIFA World Cup.

The 62-year-old's previous deal was due to expire after next summer's tournament in Brazil. However, speaking at his team's base in Equatorial Guinea – where they play a friendly on Saturday – Del Bosque revealed: "Yes, I have extended until 2016."

A two-time Liga and UEFA Champions League winner with Real Madrid CF, Del Bosque took the Spanish reins from Luis Aragonés after he had guided the side to UEFA EURO 2008 glory. The Salamanca native subsequently steered Spain to the 2010 FIFA World Cup where, despite an opening defeat by Switzerland, Spain won their first world title with victory against the Netherlands in the final.

More success was to follow at UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, where a dominant Spain side once again set the continent alight to retain their crown, this time brushing aside Italy in the Kyiv showpiece.

After an undefeated 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign under Del Bosque, the champions will begin the defence of their title in Brazil next June. Prior to the start of that tournament, however, Del Bosque will focus his attention on the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw, which takes place on 23 February.

Last updated: 15/11/13 15.01CET

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