Tuesday August 19th, 2014

Colombia's Jose Pekerman has signed a four-year contract extension that keeps him the team's coach through 2018, the Colombian soccer federation announced Tuesday.

Pekerman, 64, led Colombia to the quarterfinals of this summer's FIFA World Cup, where the team fell to host Brazil 2-1. It was the country's best World Cup showing in its history.

More: No quick fix for Manchester United

Colombia hadn't qualified for the World Cup since 1998 and hadn't advanced to the knockout round since 1990.

A native of Argentina, Pekerman was hired in 2012 after previous coach Leonel Alvarez led Colombia to just four points in the team's first three World Cup qualifying games.

Pekerman had previously served as the coach of the Argentina men's national team and two Mexican league clubs.

Ben Estes


SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.