June 18, 2019 / 1:00 PM / 3 months ago

Dortmund coach Favre extends deal by a year to 2021

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - SC Freiburg v Borussia Dortmund - Schwarzwald-Stadion, Freiburg, Germany - April 21, 2019 Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files

BERLIN (Reuters) - Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has extended his deal with the Bundesliga club by a year to 2021, the league runners-up said on Tuesday.

The Swiss coach took over last year, leading them to second place in the league behind Bayern Munich.

Dortmund had a nine-point lead over the Bavarians midway through the season but had a disappointing start to 2019 and lost out to Bayern who clinched their seventh straight league title on the final matchday.

“He met expectations 100 percent,” said club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke in a statement. “It is only natural that we want to form the future together.”

Dortmund also made the Champions League group stage, losing to eventual finalists Tottenham Hotspur in the last 16.

The 61-year-old Favre joined Dortmund from French club Nice. He had previously coach Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris

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