Michael Schumacher's progress from his coma condition has given a jolt of inspiration to Germany in their exquisite 4-0 drubbing of Portugal on Monday at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil.
On early Monday, Schumacher's manager and spokesperson Sabine Kehm confirmed that the former Formula One driver is finally out of coma and already left the medical facility in Grenoble, France.
"Michael has left the CHU Grenoble to continue his long phase of rehabilitation. He is not in a coma anymore," Kehm said in a press release on Monday.
"His family would like to thank all his doctors, nurses and therapists in Grenoble as well as the first aiders at the place of the accident, who did an excellent job in those first months."
"The family also wishes to thank all the people who have sent Michael all the many good wishes. We are sure it helped him. For the future we ask for understanding that his further rehabilitation will take place away from the public eye."
Schumacher spent the last six months in medically-induced coma after his head hit hard in a skiing accident in French Alps resort last December 29. There are speculations that the seven-time Formula One champion could no longer wake up from the coma, especially after the driver's camp imposed a media blackout on his progress from the accident.
Lukas Podolski, who admitted to be a fan of the F1 legend, expressed his sadness on the Schumi's condition and vowed to win the World Cup in honor of the German car racer.
"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."
Fortunately, the 29-year old Podolski and the German squad got a morale boost when they learned the news that Schumacher is no longer in coma condition
"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 on his Twitter account.
"He's a good friend a good guy and he's also crazy about football," said substitute striker Podolski. "Maybe he watched the game or he knew about the result."
Thomas Muller pulled off a hat-trick - the first since the 2002 World Cup - while Mats Hummels added one to give Germany a dominant win over Portugal in Group G.