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Dodić to lead Serbia during Under-21 finals

Mladen Dodić will coach Serbia at the 2015 finals in the Czech Republic, succeeding Radovan Ćurčić, who last month took charge of the senior national team.

Mladen Dodić will initially take command of Serbia's U21 squad until the end of June 2015
Mladen Dodić will initially take command of Serbia's U21 squad until the end of June 2015 ©StarSport

Mladen Dodić has been appointed coach of Serbia until the end of the 2015 UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals in the Czech Republic.

The 45-year-old − whose side will play the hosts, Denmark and Germany in the group stage of the tournament, which runs from 17–30 June – succeeds Radovan Ćurčić. Ćurčić, who led Serbia through qualifying, was last month named as Dick Advocaat's permanent replacement at the helm of the senior national team.

Dodić has top-flight coaching experience in Serbia with FK Napredak, FK Novi Pazar, FK Javor and FK Jagodina, who he guided to a third-place finish in the Super League last season and to the final of the domestic cup, where they were beaten 2-0 by FK Vojvodina.

He said: "This is a great honour for me and the biggest challenge of my coaching career. We'll try to reach the highest level at the EUROs and to claim a place at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro."