Ottmar Hitzfeld's brother dies before Switzerland's clash with Argentina
JUL 01, 2014 11:36a ET
SAO PAULO --
Team spokesman Marco von Ah said Tuesday that Hitzfeld "is very sad" but will stay with the team for its crucial game.
Von Ah added the coach is looking ahead and "wants everybody to do so and respect his private sphere."
The team did not give any details of the death. Swiss media said the 81-year-old Winfried Hitzfeld died in a Basel hospital.
A win over Argentina would equal Switzerland's greatest World Cup achievement, putting them in the quarterfinals for the first time since it hosted the tournament in 1954.
The 65-year-old Hitzfeld has said he will retire after the tournament.