BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — The Serbian football federation says it has named Radovan Curcic new coach of the national team.

Curcic previously coached the under-21 side and guided it to the final stage of the European Championship next year. He replaces Dick Advocaat, who stepped down following a 3-1 home loss for Serbia's senior team to Denmark in qualifying for the 2016 European Championship.

Serbia has one point from three matches in Group I and faces an uphill battle to qualify.

Curcic will guide the team through this cycle of qualifying and also in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.