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Olsen signs on for more with Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands coach Lars Olsen has signed a two-year contract extension, tying him to the post till the end of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying after some impressive recent displays.

Faroe Islands boss Lars Olsen
Faroe Islands boss Lars Olsen ©UEFA.com

Faroe Islands coach Lars Olsen has signed a two-year contract extension, tying him to the post until the end of 2015.

The 52-year-old Dane was out of contract in December, but the Faroe Islands Football Association (FSF) has moved to secure his services through to the conclusion of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying. The Faroes are still seeking their first point on the road to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but have impressed at times, giving Sweden a major scare before Zlatan Ibrahimović sealed a 2-1 comeback win in Group C in October.

"I think it's still really exciting and interesting, and if you want to make a difference or improve some things then two years is on the short side. That is the main reason for extending the deal," said Olsen, who was appointed in November 2011 as replacement for Brian Kerr and previously captained Denmark's 1992 UEFA European Championship-winning team.

In an interview with UEFA.com at the end of last year, he said: "The Faroe Islands are a small football nation, and we have always given it a good effort. Where I want to see some development is when we have the ball. We should not be afraid of having the ball. We should keep it a bit better and not keep giving it to the opponent, which results in even greater pressure."