International Soccer
 
             === Ireland signs Trapattoni to two-year extension ===
 
 Dublin, Ireland (Sports Network) - Ireland signed coach Giovanni Trapattoni to
 a two-year  contract extension Tuesday to  remain manager of the national team
 through the 2014 World Cup.
 
 The 72-year-old Trapattoni became manager in 2008 and after narrowly missing a
 berth in the 2010 World Cup, recently helped Ireland qualify for the Euro 2012
 finals.
 
 "I am very happy to continue my job with the FAI," said Trapattoni. "I believe
 very  strongly in  the work that we  are doing  to grow  and develop the Irish
 team.
 
 "It is a huge honor and a privilege to represent the Irish team."
 
 Ireland last played in a major international tournament in the 2002 World Cup,
 when it finished second in its group behind eventual runner-up Germany and was
 defeated in the round of 16 in penalty kicks by Spain.
 
 The country was only denied a World Cup spot in 2010 when it lost a playoff to
 France on the  controversial handball by Thierry Henry, but Ireland was second
 in its 2012 Euro qualifying group and won a playoff against Estonia.
 
 Ireland will learn its Euro 2012 group opponents Friday. The country was drawn
 into a  2014 World Cup  qualifying group with  Germany, Sweden, Austria, Faroe
 Island and Kazakhstan.
 
 11/29 12:11:35 ET

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