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Hamren renews Sweden contract through Euro 2016

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STOCKHOLM (AP)

Erik Hamren will stay on as Sweden coach despite the team's failure to qualify for next year's World Cup.

The Swedish Football Association on Thursday said Hamren signed a contract extension through the European Championship in 2016.

Swedish FA chairman Karl-Erik Nilsson said, ''We are happy with the job Erik has done and are convinced he's the best man to lead us toward the next goal.''

After finishing second in its qualifying group, behind Germany, Sweden lost to Portugal in a two-match playoff for a World Cup berth.

Hamren called missing the World Cup in Brazil ''the biggest setback of my career,'' and that it took him 12 days to get over it and make a decision about his future.

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