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Paul the 'psychic' octopus tips Spain to beat Germany

AFP · 6 Jul 2010, 12:09

Published: 06 Jul 2010 12:09 GMT+02:00

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The eight-legged oracle, who has successfully predicted the outcomes of all five of Germany's games in South Africa, carefully weighed up the two teams before plumping for Spain, prompting anguished groans from the assembled media scrum.

Carried live on national television, two plastic boxes, one with a German flag and one with a Spanish, were lowered into Paul's tank at an aquarium in western Germany, each with a tasty morsel of food inside. The box which Paul opens first is adjudged to be his predicted winner.

If Paul's performance is replicated on the pitch, it promises to be an end-to-end thriller. He teased the crowd by initially lingering at the German flag before heading for the Spanish box.

The mollusc medium has shot to fame by defying the odds with a perfect record of picking winners.

Proving he is not just attracted to the colours in the German flag, he rightly foretold Die Mannschaft's shock defeat to Serbia in the group stages.

He then predicted Germany's triumphant drubbing of England in the last-16, provoking accusations of treachery. Paul should by rights be an England fan, having been born in Weymouth on the south English coast.

Confirming his reputation as a prognosticator par-excellence, he kept up his astonishing run of form by tipping Germany to beat highly fancied Argentina in the quarter-finals.

But all is not lost for coach Joachim Löw and his boys as Paul has been wrong before.

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In the European Championships in 2008, he had an 80 percent record, getting only one match wrong.

Which one? The final that Germany lost. Against Spain.

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Your comments about this article

13:11 July 6, 2010 by dcgi
/me waits for upcoming headline "Paul the 'psychic' octopus tastes delicious with a cream sauce"
13:16 July 6, 2010 by Johnne
Hey paul de predictato! you´re wrong this time around! cos if you are right, I´m losing 250 euros to my Spanish brother in-law. brath....you better be wrong we´re winning this one.
14:35 July 6, 2010 by crmohanty
This time the octopus has a pessimistic view which will not be true.

It will be Germany again.
14:41 July 6, 2010 by Prufrock2010
El Jeffo --

The best one yet. Thanks!
15:48 July 6, 2010 by E-Roc
Reports on the Web say that was a fake.

The prediction will be at 11 am (CEST).

17:02 July 6, 2010 by Eagle1
Kill the octopus.
17:17 July 6, 2010 by mikecowler
In uk papers today "World Cup expectation too great for Rooney, says Ferguson" just call the Octapus Rooney he gets everything wrong when it comes to National teamwork..."COME ON GERMANY BEAT THE SPANIARDS" Put the pressure on Xavi and Iniesta so we win jetz loooosss!!!!!!!!
18:45 July 6, 2010 by DavidtheNorseman
Paul the Octopus Five (he gets the treats) Gullible People Zero (they're feeding him the treats).

If he's right he'll get more treats. If he's wrong he'll get more treats.

Paul is one very, very smart Octopus :-)
18:53 July 6, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
I bet Paul would make great sushi.
23:16 July 6, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
Paul has been wrong before.

Schau ma mal...
00:22 July 7, 2010 by panzercommandant@live.com
ahhhhhhh hes a trator hes a trator lol just kiddin
00:35 July 7, 2010 by ashraf999
LOL..a psychic octopus?

And some people thought Germans are not funny!
01:38 July 7, 2010 by Prufrock2010
There's nothing funny about a psychic octopus, according to my bookie. Weird, perhaps, but definitely not funny.
01:53 July 7, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, it's just a sea creature.

Don't worry German fans.

Germany will win against Spain and Defeat The Netherlands in the final.

The World Cup we be awarded to Deutschland come Sunday night.
06:44 July 7, 2010 by JAMessersmith
Paul, you filthy little bottom feeder... Keep it up and your parrot-like beak will be all that's left of you, floating in a dolphin turd at the other end of the aquarium. Psychic octopus...
12:21 July 7, 2010 by Raybat
I am a Christian and I do not believe in this octopus. Good thing is I am a hardcore fan of Germany team and I have waited for this moment. I have prayed hard to my God (through Jesus) that Germany team will triumph and lift the world cup on July 11th in the Soccer City. I am declaring my faith NOT on the octopus, but on the ability of my God.

This will happen: Germany will be the FIFA world champion 2010! Mark my word..
16:10 July 7, 2010 by thomass66
Raybat - I think you need a little "physic" (psychiatric, that is) help yourself, looks as though you will be in some real need of it after the Dutch take that trophy home with them.
19:36 July 7, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Playing in South Africa is like a home game for the Dutch. Home field advantage never hurts.

I hope Spain throttles them on Sunday.
22:25 July 7, 2010 by abhi001rocks
Here comes the predictions of the famous "Oracle" come true,OMG germany is out.
22:39 July 7, 2010 by Saprklemahn
Raybat (#45) :Praise Jah, not an octopus. I prayed to a deity known as Jah to beat Germany. Lo and behold, religion is a powerful force. Germany had a great World Cup, but Jah insured MY team won. These Germans are going to be even tougher in 4 years, but Jah will be there to insure HIS team wins!
22:44 July 7, 2010 by mobiusro
Guess the octopussy was right :).
23:00 July 7, 2010 by DinhoPilot
Raybat (#45) Don't put God on your personal affairs... See what happened? Or you think you are more worthy than the believers in Spain? Football is just football.... Sometimes you loose sometimes you loose again...

There are 22 players in the field in the end Spain winds...
00:53 July 8, 2010 by claudegaveau
There is a God after all, Spain have beaten Germany. Halleluja.
01:08 July 8, 2010 by Logic Guy
Well, I must admit that I really thought that Germany would win. And although I don't enjoy being wrong, I'm however the humble type and therefore I'm OK.

I will however say that it's very unfortunate for both teams, that this game did not feature the "Total Talent " of the two teams. I'm sure it was obvious to everyone, that Germany was quite different without Mueller.

The World Cup is literally the biggest staged event in this world. And therefore why would FIFA allow dishonest people (Refs) to ruin everything? It's really stupid to think that refes don't have favorites. The history of entire nations are effected here. Buddhist are neutral minded. It would therefore be a wonderful thing if the were the ONLY ones allowed to call World Cup games

Yet, there is much more to life than football. And Germany can still say that they have overall been one of the most dominant teams in World Cup history.

The facts makes this a true statement.
01:35 July 8, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Congratulations to Germany for a fine and exciting World Cup. Tonight the better team won. God had nothing to do with it. And for a change, neither did the referee.
15:15 July 8, 2010 by danamcmahon
obviously the bannana head who cost us one of our best players, I am a german fan, is the reason why they played so poorly, look at what happened to the usa team, no reason no rhyme for it. Lets blog and complain the next year, get these officials out of the games. Stand up for the respect of the games, and say you are not greater than we are and the games.
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