Vicente del Bosque, who has presided over the greatest five-year span in the history of Spanish soccer, has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the national soccer team through 2016.

Del Bosque made the announcement at a press conference in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, ahead of an international friendly against that Central African nation on Saturday.

"I can confirm that I've signed with the Spanish team through 2016," the coach, whose next big mission will be to guide his squad to a second straight World Cup title next year in Brazil, said.

Del Bosque had announced on Oct. 18 in the Canary Islands that his contract extension was a "done deal."

He had cast some doubt on his situation, however, at the Confederations Cup in June, saying that he planned to remain a part of Spain's soccer federation but he was not sure whether he would stay on as head coach.

Del Bosque, who coached Real Madrid from 1999 to 2003, took over as manager of Spain's national team from Luis Aragones shortly after the Iberian nation won the Euro 2008 in Switzerland and Austria.

During his tenure, Spain has won its first-ever World Cup and the Euro 2012 and has posted a record of 41 wins, five ties and three losses in 49 official matches. EFE