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Pekerman extends contract with Colombia until 2018

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Pekerman extends contract with Colombia until 2018
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FILE - In this July 6, 2014 file photo, Colombia's coach Jose Pekerman, from Argentina, holds a Colombian flag as the team parades before supporters as they are welcomed home from the World Cup, in Bogota, Colombia, following their loss to Brazil in the quarterfinals. Colombia's Football Federation announced on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 that Pekerman will stay on as coach for the national selection. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File)

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has signed a contract extension that will keep him with the team until 2018.

The Colombian soccer federation says the 64-year-old Argentine signed the four-year deal following a successful World Cup campaign in Brazil that saw the team reach the quarterfinals.

The federation says ''the Executive Committee expresses its pride in continuing with this great group of people that brought great results to the country.''

Colombia was eliminated by Brazil 2-1, while playmaker James Rodriguez earned the Golden Boot award with a tournament-leading six goals. Rodriguez has since transferred to Real Madrid.

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