Ćurčić named Advocaat's successor as Serbia coach

Radovan Ćurčić, who led Serbia to the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, has been confirmed as the permanent replacement for Dick Advocaat with the senior side.

Radovan Ćurčić looks on during Serbia's Under-21 qualifier against Italy
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Serbia Under-21 coach Radovan Ćurčić has been confirmed as the permanent replacement for Dick Advocaat at the helm of the senior side.

The 42-year-old Ćurčić was placed in interim charge when Advocaat resigned in the wake of this month's 3-1 home defeat by Denmark in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying. He oversaw a 2-0 friendly victory in Greece last week and on Tuesday was appointed on a permanent deal that runs until the end of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

A former striker who had spells at OFK Beograd and NK Gorica, Ćurčić guided Serbia to the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championship, stunning Spain in the play-offs. The Football Association of Serbia (FSS) will now seek a new man to lead the team in the Czech Republic next summer.

Serbia 1-3 Denmark
Serbia 1-3 Denmark

Ćurčić has been in the international set-up since October 2010, when he started as assistant to Vladimir Petrović. Between October 2011 and May 2012 Petrović's departure left him as interim head coach before he made way for Siniša Mihajlović, eventually taking over the U21s.

Serbia are joint-bottom of UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group I with one point from two games, and are next in action away to Portugal on 29 March.