Paul is an octopus who lives at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen Germany. He has become famous for his ability to “predict” the outcome of soccer matches.
Two boxes are lowered into his tank, each box contains an oyster or a mussel and the flag for each team in the match.
Octopus Prediction’ Paul the prognosticator octopus has predicted Spain will defeat Holland in the World Cup final 2010 on sunday. Spain faces the Netherlands on Sunday at Soccer City in Johannesburg, ensuring a first-time champion. The Dutch, who beat Uruguay 3-2 on Tuesday night, have lost in their only two trips to the final.
According to Wikipedia, “Paul was used during UEFA Euro 2008 to correctly predict the outcome of 4 out of 6 of Germany’s matches, but failed to predict their defeats to Croatia in the group stage and to Spain in the championship’s final, although some later sources claim his success rate had been 80%. Paul’s accurate predictions for the 2010 World Cup, broadcast live by German news channel NTV, have endowed him with celebrity status.”
So the Spaniards are placing their trust in a octopus for this Sunday’s match and the Dutch in a parakeet who picked a card for the Netherlands.
When Paul opens the box and eats the treat, he is “predicting” the outcome of the match. He has been correct so far this year. However, his track record is not 100%
“Millions watched as the eight-legged oracle descended upon on a tank marked with a Spanish flag, sitting for only a few minutes before grabbing a mussel and devouring it, while completely ignoring the Dutch tank—indicating a Spanish victory in Sunday’s final match in Sunday’s final,” reported the Associated Press.
Finally, after decades of waiting, one of these teams will win their first World Cup. Spain and Puyol certainly served notice in Durban that they would be a worthy champion, and that history can be changed by players who have the will to unite and move past it.
The Netherlands and Spain will have a chance to write a dream ending to their campaigns on Sunday July 11th, 2010 when they vie for the biggest prize in football in Johannesburg, South Africa.
If this times Paul’s prediction is correct i think he’s also a claimer of FIFA world cup football 2010 golden boot.Though it’s quite impossible but it may be indirectly.What are you thinking football fan?