Mystic Mollusc on the ball!
July 7, 2010

Paul, the English-born octopus now resident in Germany, has successfully forecast the winner in every one of the national team’s games at World Cup 2010. The mystic mollusc has predicted the winner of each match by choosing a mussel from his favoured jar. 

Paul successfully forecast that Germany would lose to Serbia in their  group stage match, which they did, and victories in each of their other games, including those against England and Argentina – and all of this live on German TV.

Viewers were stunned when they switched on to watch Paul picking Spain to win tonight’s semi-final. Surely he had got his tentacles in a twist!  The German team was on a roll, the highest scorers in the competition, having already put 4 goals past both England and Argentina. Surely the time was right once more for the 3 time World Champions.

But no! Paul was again on the ball with his selection and Spain’s 1-0 win, courtesy of a headed goal from Barcelona centre back Puyol, has put them into Sunday’s final against the Oranje of Holland.      

Neither of the finalists have ever won the World Cup and Spain, the perennial chokers have never previously gone beyond the quarter finals. Amazingly, for two top footballing nations, they have never played each other in the final stages of a major competition.

It should be an intriguing climax to a tournament that has been low on spectacle but high on unpredictability. If both teams are at their best it should be easy on the eye and one to remember.

Amazingly Chris (not a huge football fan!) watched the game through to the final whistle, admitting afterwards that she had enjoyed it and that, quote: “Even I could appreciate Spain’s style of play”ole!

Anyway we’ll both be rooting for Spain in the final because Gem has drawn them in the office sweepstake and stands to win a couple of hundred quid!  Her bank manager will also be cheering for La Furia Roja. Viva Espana!  

Meanwhile one can only speculate that Paul will be granted an immediate  free transfer and soon be on his way to a comfy new tank  in a  Spanish aquarium, where he will be renamed Paulo and hopefully keep his tentacles crossed for a Spanish victory on Sunday.

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