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Bosnia-Herzegovina turn to Bazdarevic as coach

The 54-year-old succeeds Safet Susic, who was dismissed last month after a 3-0 defeat in Israel left them with just two points from four matches in Euro 2016 qualifying Group B.

Susic had led the team to their first appearance at a World Cup finals in Brazil, but the Balkan country sought a change of leadership to revive their recent poor form and Bazdarevic was named on Saturday.

Bosnia-Herzegovina are six points adrift of second-placed Wales in their European Championship qualifying pool and face a trip to Belgium in their next group game in September 2015.

"I am very happy and proud to be the new national coach," Bazdarevic told

"The situation is difficult and I think everyone is aware of that. We need to create a good atmosphere within the national team to get back a winning mentality."

Bazdarevic has previously coached the likes of Istres, Etoile du Sahel, Grenoble and Sochaux in France.