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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Rehhagel to quit Greece, says assistant

Soccernet staff

Greece coach Otto Rehhagel has reportedly ended his nine-year tenure in charge of the national team, according to his assistant Yiannis Topalidis.

Rehhagel saw his side fail to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup finals yesterday following a 2-0 defeat to Argentina, but the 71-year-old refused to comment on his future after the game.

However, Topalidis, who did announce his departure, was quoted by Greek reporters saying Rehhagel had decided to leave.

''I have said what I had to say,'' Topalidis said. ''I have said goodbye to the players and so has the coach.''

Despite criticism for his defensive style of play, Rehhagel memorably masterminded Greece's Euro 2004 success which earned him the title of 'King Otto' in the Mediterranean nation and saw him win the 'Greek of the Year' award (despite being German).

He also led Greece to Euro 2008 and this summer's World Cup in South Africa, where they secured their first ever points at the finals with a 2-1 victory over Nigeria.

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