Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Paul is a national celebrity in Germany after all his predictions for Germany in this 2010 World Cup were 100% correct, including the 0-1 defeat to Serbia...!!!
Paul, the "psychic" octopus in Germany, which appears to have correctly predicted every 2010 World Cup game involving the national team so far, has picked Spain over Germany in the semi-final...!!!
Germans fans are heart broken even before the match against Spain later today!!!
Paul, from the Sea Life Aquarium in the western city of Oberhausen, chose a mussel from a jar with the Spanish flag instead of one with a German flag.
The two-year-old cephalopod has become a national celebrity.
According to his owners, Paul has a record of predicting German results in major tournaments including the ongoing 2010 World Cup in South Africa where Germany advances all the way to the semifinal having pumped 8 goals against 2 former world champions, England and Argentina in the 2nd round and quarter final respectively.
Paul correctly predicted all five of the team's previous World Cup games - 4 wins and a loss. The 4 Germany wins were against Australia, Ghana, England and Argentina and a shock defeat by Serbia in the group stages.
His prognosis ahead of Wednesday's World Cup semi-final was broadcast live on German TV.
Correspondents says Paul's plumping for Spain has caused alarm in the country, but some analysts point out that his predictive powers are not perfect.
During Euro 2008 he wrongly picked Germany as the victor against Spain.
Viva Spain!!! Enough of the Germans, they have won the World Cup 3 times already in 1954, 1974 and 1990 while Spain has not tasted that glory!!!