Vicente Del Bosque Signs New Spain Contract to Take Him Beyond World Cup

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistNovember 15, 2013

PALMA DE MALLORCA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 11:  Spain coach Vicente del Bosque looks on during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier match between Spain and Belarus at Iberostars Stadium on October 11, 2013 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Vicente Del Bosque will remain as manager of the Spanish national team until 2016, it was announced at a press conference on Friday.

The 62-year-old has penned an extension to his deal and confirmed the news himself, per Sky Sports, saying: "I can confirm that I have signed with the Spanish national team until 2016."

ESPN's Dermot Corrigan confirmed the news on Twitter:

Since taking over the helm of La Furia Roja, Del Bosque has brought unheralded success to his national side, who in 2012 became the first country ever to defend a European Championship and win three major tournaments in a row.

The manager was already preparing his attempt at making that number four at next summer's World Cup in Rio, but it seems five could even be on the cards at Euro 2016.

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 07:  Vicente del Bosque, head coach of Spain receives the FIFA World Coach of Men's Football 2012 trophy by Felipe Scolari (L) at Congress House on January 7, 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Ima
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Del Bosque took over the role from Luis Aragones, who retired after leading his team to Euro victory in 2008, cementing a very successful period for Spanish football.

It was that 2008 victory that got the ball rolling on Spain's current wave of appeal, which has seen them win 63 of their 76 matches between 2009 and 2013, per

In this time, the manager has shown himself to be especially commendable for his willingness to adapt to change, forever finding new ways of outwitting the opponent and never allowing matters to stagnate within his own camp.

It was at Euro 2012 last year that the use of a "false 9" was pioneered in its latest incarnation, Cesc Fabregas often playing as Spain's most forward-thinking player.

Del Bosque's tactics helped Spain keep possession against every one of their rivals, aligning to the belief that the opposition cannot hurt you without the ball.

That tournament ended in a deserved victory after a majestic display against Italy, noteworthy for a super goal from left-back Jordi Alba that truly exhibited Spain's total football philosophy.

Now, the veteran manager will hope to add a second World Cup to his impressive record, although Spain will need to improve upon their Confederations Cup performance, which saw Brazil run out comfortable winners in the final.

The next stop on the agenda for Del Bosque's side is now the 2014 trip—back to Brazil—where Spain will look to defend their World Cup crown and re-assert themselves over the globe's other leading nations.