Cologne - In tandem with the official start of pre-season training, 1. FC Köln have announced that head coach Peter Stöger has put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension, with the new deal valid through to June 2017.

“Last season was hugely enjoyable and we're looking forward to taking the next steps into the future together,” said Stöger, who guided the Billy Goats back up to the Bundesliga in his first year in charge after arriving from FK Austria Wien last summer.

So far, so good


Sporting director Jörg Schmadtke was “likewise very happy” with the 48-year-old Austrian tactician's renewed commitment to the two-time Bundesliga champions, while adding that it was merely the “official seal” on a swiftly-reached mutual agreement to continue what has thus far been a fruitful working relationship.

Prior to the contract announcement, some 2,000 Köln fans were given a first glimpse of Stöger's rejigged squad for the upcoming campaign, with seven of the eight new arrivals to date on show. Yuya Osako, freshly signed from TSV 1860 Munich, has been given a few days extra holiday after having been on World Cup duty with Japan in Brazil while Miso Brecko, lately on the road with Slovenia, is also due to join up with the rest of the squad soon.