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Radovan Ćurčić


Radovan Ćurčić was appointed Serbia coach in November 2014
Radovan Ćurčić was appointed Serbia coach in November 2014 ©Getty Images

Date of birth: 10 January 1972
Nationality: Serbian
Playing career: FK Javor (three times), FK Sloboda Užice, OFK Beograd, NK Gorica, FK Priština, FK Borac Čačak
Coaching career: FK Javor (twice), FK Borac Čačak, Serbia (assistant, caretaker), Serbia Under-21, Serbia

• A powerful forward, Ćurčić was top scorer in the second division for Javor in 2001/02, managing 24 goals.

• Having hung up his boots in 2003, promptly moved into coaching with Javor, where he stayed till 2006. After a season at Borac (2006/07), returned for a second stint at Javour, staying till 2010.

• Accepted invitation to work as Vladimir Petrović's assistant with the national team ahead of the 2010/11 season, but found himself in caretaker charge following the latter's resignation in October 2011.

• Following appointment of Siniša Mihajlović as Petrović's permanent successor, Ćurčić took over as Serbia Under-21 coach and went on to lead the team to the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championship finals, eliminating Spain – who had won the two previous tournaments – in the play-offs.

• Ćurčić, however, would not be around for the tournament in the Czech Republic, stepping back up to the senior side after Dick Advocaat resigned in November 2014; this time he was given the role on a long-term basis, agreeing a deal until after the 2018 FIFA World Cup.