Del Bosque signs new Spain contract
Vicente del Bosque has announced he has signed a contract extension to remain as Spain coach.
The new deal means Del Bosque will continue at the helm of the reigning world and European champions until 2016.
Del Bosque said at a press conference on Friday: "I can confirm that I have signed with the Spanish national team until 2016."
Del Bosque, 62, took over as Spain coach five years ago after Luis Aragones stepped down shortly after guiding the Iberian nation to victory at Euro 2008.
That was Spain's first international success since winning the 1964 European Championship on home soil, and under Del Bosque they have gone from strength to strength.
In 2010 they lifted the World Cup for the first time in their history after beating Holland 1-0 after extra-time in the final in Johannesburg.
Then two years later Spain retained their European title in Poland and Ukraine, lifting the trophy with a 4-0 drubbing of Italy in the final after going through the tournament unbeaten.
Spain also had the chance to add the Confederations Cup crown to their list of accolades this summer after reaching the final, but they were beaten 3-0 by hosts Brazil.
That was one of only six defeats Spain have suffered in 82 matches under Del Bosque, with the team claiming victory on 67 occasions.
Spain will be expected to improve that record further this weekend when they take on Equatorial Guinea in a friendly in Malabo, where Del Bosque was speaking from on Friday.
Following that match, Spain travel to Johannesburg to play South Africa next Tuesday as they look to finish 2013 on a high note.