Hamren renews Sweden contract through Euro 2016

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.