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