Vicente del Bosque has signed a two-year extension to his contract as Spain coach, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has confirmed. The organisation's president, Angel Maria Villar, announced that the former midfielder will remain at the helm until UEFA EURO 2012, regardless of what happens at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
Del Bosque, who turned 59 today, took over the reins of La Roja after they won EURO 2008 and has a stunning record in charge, having won 21 of his 22 matches. "What is normal in this instance is that you always renew your coach's contract when you qualify for the World Cup," said Angel Villar.
Del Bosque knew how to take our national team to the highest level. He inherited a brilliant side and he knew how to keep them there.
"But the board have decided that we have to continue with him for two more years whatever happens. Del Bosque knew how to take our national team to the highest level. He inherited a brilliant side and he knew how to keep them there.
"We have qualified brilliantly for the World Cup in South Africa, we are leaders of the world rankings and we have won all the matches apart from that against the United States in the Confederations Cup in a match we didn't give value to and in which we finished third."
Angel Villar also revealed that the decision to keep their coach until the European Championship in Ukraine and Poland was unanimous.
Del Bosque's new deal comes as little surprise after Spain's stunning South Africa 2010 qualifying campaign. La Roja topped their group with a 100 per cent record.
Moreover, in a 6-0 friendly victory over Azerbaijan back in June, Del Bosque became the first national coach in history to win his first ten matches. Spain are one of the favourites for next summer's FIFA World Cup, but Angel Villar has urged against over confidence.
"There is a lot of excitement, we have a great national team and we are all hopeful that it can be a great World Cup," he said. "But words are one thing, facts are another. We're going there with hope."