Otto Rehhagel, seen during the clash against Argentina, is out as Greece's coach. ((Ricardo Mazalan/Associated Press))

Greeks officials have confirmed that coach Otto Rehhagel has quit in the wake of the country's elimination from the World Cup.

The German coach, who turns 72 in August, was appointed in 2001 and stunned the soccer world when he guided the Greek team to the European Championship title three years later.

Greek Football Association officials confirmed Rehhagel's resignation after the team returned to Greece on Thursday. Rehhagel did not return with the team.

No replacement has been named, although Fernando Santos has been widely touted as the likely successor in the Greek news media.

Santos has managed in the Greek Super League, and prior to that guided Porto and Sporting CP in his native Portugal.

Greece was eliminated Tuesday after a 2-0 loss to Argentina in the final Group B match.