Marcello Lippi has resigned as Italy's football coach just three days after leading the country to a fourth World Cup title.

Lippi was at the helm for over two years, culminating in Sunday's World Cup Final win over France in Berlin.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) had offered Lippi a new contract before the World Cup, which he declined. He then told the FIGC during the tournament that he intended to quit in July, whether Italy won or lost.

Lippi is widely reported to be exasperated by the constant mention of his name in connection with the current match-fixing scandal which has rocked Italian football.

His former club Juventus, along with AC Milan, Lazio and Fiorentina, is set to hear its fate any day now, following an investigation by a sports tribunal.

The FIGC, touching on the inquiry, praised Lippi for his "extraordinary professionalism and for his ability to lead the team in the context of the great difficulties known to all ."

The coach did not elaborate on his future plans.

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