Javier Clemente says his new job in charge of Serbia’s national team represents the biggest challenge of his career.
“This is certainly the greatest and final challenge of my professional career as coach,” Clemente.
The former coach of Spain has signed a two-year contract with the Serbian Football Association (FSS).
“I accepted the job because my ambitions completely match FSS President Zvezdan Terzic’s vision of building a young team hungry for success and blessed with fighting spirit,” he added.
Earlier this week Terzic said he was confident Clemente would lead Serbia to the Euro 2008 finals.
Clemente said he would look to find a mix of youth and experience in his side.
“The young players should give the strength and energy needed to pull through a tough qualifying group while the older ones will provide the experience required at top level,” he said.
“I am honoured to have been given the task of coaching Serbia and I want to win every match while in charge of this talented football nation. I want to bring the best out of them through hard work.”
“I will ask every player for full commitment and passion. Serbia has given many fine players in the past and we are now turning a fresh page in its soccer history.”
Serbia play Portugal, Poland, Belgium, Finland, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan. The top two teams will qualify for the Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland.