Former Swiss national football coach Jakob “Kobi” Kuhn died Tuesday, FIFA said on Twitter. He was 76.

Kuhn was one of the most important football figures in Switzerland, taking the “Nati,” or National Team, to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

Led by Kuhn, Switzerland eliminated Turkey on the away goal rule in a stressful two-legged playoffs series to notch its World Cup ticket.

He managed the Swiss football team between 2001 and 2008.

Kuhn left his post when Switzerland’s UEFA EURO 2008 hopes ended in failure in the tournament’s group stage.

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