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Morten Olsen signs new Denmark deal

December 12, 2013
By ESPN staff

Denmark coach Morten Olsen has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him in the job until June 2016.

Morten Olsen leaves the field after his side's crushing defeat in Copenhagen
AssociatedMorten Olsen has been in charge of Denmark for 13 years.

Olsen, 64, has been in charge of the European nation for 13 years, guiding them to two World Cups and two European Championships, including a quarterfinal appearance at Euro 2004.

But despite missing out on a place at the 2014 World Cup, the Danish Football Association (DBU) has decided to keep faith in the former Ajax boss for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualification campaign.

"After finishing top in the two previous qualification rounds for major tournaments, there are probably a lot of people who are annoyed with only finishing second this time and not being part of the World Cup next summer," Olsen told the DBU's official website.

"Now we are putting that disappointment behind us and we will use the experience in a constructive manner. My ambition is to get the national team back on track, for which the players have the potential, and to make the team the national rallying point, which follows from good results."

DBU general secretary Jim Stjerne Hansen added: "Morten Olsen enjoys enormous respect among people in this country and abroad who I consider to possess a qualified knowledge about the coaching market in international football. The faith in him is just as big among the key players in the current national team squad, whom I have had talks with.

"His insight and ability to read trends in international football are unique. At the same time, I have experienced working with this ambitious and motivated national coach with very clear aims for his continued work with the national team and the development of talents in this country."

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