Monday 22 December 2014

Lukas Podolski and Germany team vow to win World Cup for Michael Schumacher

Oliver Pickup

Published 16/06/2014 | 20:02

The German national football team have vowed to win the World Cup in Brazil for countryman Michael Schumacher, according to Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski.

Germany easily defeated Portugal 4-0 in their Group G opener on Monday and in the hours leading up to the clash news filtered through to the camp that the seven-time Formula 1 world champion had awoken from a six-month coma, following a skiing accident.

"What a great news!!! Get well soon Schumi!!! I'm so glad and happy when I just heard it! #schumi #getwellsoon #poldi," wrote 29-year-old Podolski.

Keen football fan Schumacher, who is a supporter of Köln and played for his local side FC Echichens close to his home in Switzerland before his fall in the Alps on December 29, is "communicating" with his family and has been moved from Grenoble to the University Hospital of the Canton of Vaud, in Lausanne. The facility is about 20 miles from Schumacher's home, a mansion worth £50 million on the shores of Lake Geneva.

 “Michael Schumacher is as crazy about football as we all are," Podolski told reporters on Saturday at the German team's Campo Bahia headquarters in the pre-match press conference, reported Blid, before news of the former F1 driver's improved condition had been confirmed.

"Unfortunately he is not doing so well. The DFB [the German Football Association], the team and I continue to wish his family strength. We hope he will be back on his feet soon and eventually he will be able to see one of our matches.

"If we win the World Cup then it is something which could give him some joy."

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Portugal's Pepe argues with Germany's Thomas Mueller (R) during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador, June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez (BRAZIL  - Tags: SOCCER SPORT WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)      TOPCUP
Portugal's Pepe argues with Germany's Thomas Mueller (R) before being red-carded
Mats Hummels of Germany celebrates scoring his team's second goal
Germany's Thomas Mueller celebrates with Mario Goetze and Sami Khedira (R) after scoring his penalty
Joao Moutinho (L) and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (R) react toward referee Milorad Mazic
Pepe of Portugal looks on after receiving a red card and being sent off the field during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal
Rui Patricio of Portugal reacts as Pepe is shown a red card and sent off by referee Milorad Mazic
Mats Hummels of Germany celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal
Pepe of Portugal headbutts Thomas Mueller of Germany resulting in a red card
Thomas Mueller of Germany celebrates his team's third goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal
Pepe of Portugal fouls Thomas Mueller of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal
Thomas Mueller of Germany (2nd R) celebrates with teammates Sami Khedira (2nd L) and Mario Goetze (R) after scoring his team's third goal
Mats Hummels of Germany celebrates scoring his team's second goal
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal
Thomas Mueller of Germany shoots and scores his team's fourth goal and completes his hat trick past Rui Patricio
Thomas Mueller of Germany celebrates the third goal with his teammates during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal
Fabio Coentrao of Portugal is stretchered off the field after an injury during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal
An injured Mats Hummels of Germany is helped off the field during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal
Thomas Mueller of Germany reacts after a headbutt by Pepe of Portugal resulting in a red card for Pepe as Rui Patricio looks on during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal
Thomas Mueller of Germany reacts after a headbutt by Pepe of Portugal resulting in a red card for Pepe during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between Germany and Portugal

 Since Schumacher's accident in Meribel Poldoski – currently featuring in his third World Cup – and his German team-mates have shown their support for the stricken 45-year-old driving star, and have played football in boots which have had "get-well-soon" messages stitched on the side.

Podolski, who has scored 47 goals in 114 internationals, added ahead of the Portugal match: "We have reached a point where we can seriously talk about the title."

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