German national football star Lukas Podolski has dedicated Germany’s World Cup victory over Portugal to Michael Schumacher.
Podolski, a personal friend of Schumacher, revealed that the news that the seven-time Formula One champion had been discharged from hospital had inspired, in-part, the German players to a 4-0 win against Portugal in their opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
“He [Schumacher] is a good friend of mine and it is important to all of us to hear that news that he’s come out of hospital,” said Podolski – who wore a pair of boots bearing a tribute to Schumacher in last month’s FA Cup Final – following the game. “He’s doing well and he’s getting better and it’s really good news.
“Of course it helped us. When you hear the news about a good friend it always helps and you get a little bit of a boost and I was very happy when I heard about the news.
“In the end [the victory] was for him [Schumacher],” Podolski added. “Because he’s a good friend a good guy and he’s also crazy about football. Maybe he watched the game or he knew about the result.”
Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s spokesperson, revealed on Monday that the German had awoken from a coma and had been released from hospital in Grenoble, where he has been kept since he sustained major head injuries in a skiing accident in January, as he continues his rehabilitation.
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