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World Cup 2010: Radomir Antic hopes to keep Serbia post

Radomir Antic
Uniquely, Antic has run Barcelona, Real Madrid and Athletico Madrid

Radomir Antic says he wants to stay on as Serbia's national coach.

The 69-year-old, who took over in August 2008, guided Serbia to a 1-0 win over Germany in their opening match of the World Cup finals in South Africa.

But his side finished bottom of Group D after losing their final two games against Ghana and Australia.

Antic said: "When I signed a contract with the Serbian Federation I accepted a contractual obligation and I have no intention of going back on it."

The Serbia boss, who has managed the likes of Spanish trio Barcelona, Real Madrid and Real Oviedo, added: "I think that we made a good impression.

"We beat Germany and gave it our all in trying to win our third match [against Australia]. I believe that those are sufficient grounds for me to continue in charge of the national side."

Antic, who played 100 times for Luton Town between 1980-84, could be forced to take a pay cut.

Tomislav Karadzic, president of the Football Association of Serbia, has said he wants to lower Antic's £1.2m salary after the nation's failure to get out of the group stages.

Antic's side would have reached the last 16 had they been awarded a late penalty in their final group game against Australia.

Nemanja Vidic's header appeared to make contact with Tim Cahill's arm but referee Jorge Larrionda, who failed to award a goal after England's Frank Lampard's shot crossed the line in their second-round clash with Germany, waved play on.

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