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Schumacher linked with German football club

Schumacher linked with German football club

The F1 world champion could be a candidate to become the next president of the Bundesliga football club.

Cologne: Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher could be a candidate to become the next president of Bundesliga football club Cologne.

German news agency dapd says Schumacher is one of about 20 names put forward for the position by an adviser to the club. However, Schumacher's spokeswoman Sabine Kehm says "we don't want to comment on these mind games."

Cologne are looking for a successor to Wolfgang Overath, who stepped down on November 13 after seven years in the job.

Schumacher is a friend of Lukas Podolski, who plays for Cologne.

On Tuesday, Podolski scored a late equalizer to earn Cologne a 1-1 draw against Mainz, in a Bundesliga game postponed because of a referee's suicide attempt.

Podolski unleashed a fierce shot from 20 yards that flew in off the right post in the 85th minute. It was the Germany forward's 14th goal of the season.

"You can never completely stop Poldi. That's the difference," Mainz goalkeeper Christian Wetklo said.

"It was a lucky point for us in the end. Mainz were the better team," Podolski said.

Cologne are now 10th in the German league standings.