Media star Paul the Octopus had two pieces of shellfish today and predicted from his aquarium tank in Oberhausen that Spain will win the 2010 World Cup and Germany will take third place.
The octopus selected Spain as the team winning the World Cup against Holland, calling for the first time the winner of a football game in which Germany was not involved. Half an hour earlier he had predicted the victory of the Germans against Uruguay in the match for third place.
The famous mollusk, which weighs 700 grams and reportedly not only has eight arms but also has eight brains, upset the German fans by correctly predicting the defeat of the German team to the point of receiving death threats. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has come to Paul’s defense and offered political asylum to the wise and famous octopus.
"I'm thinking of sending a team to protect the octopus," President Rodriguez Zapatero said wryly after the Spanish victory against Germany in the semi-finals on Thursday, previously foretold by Paul.
Today, a cloud of journalists gathered in front of Paul’s tank with no obvious show of stress or pressure by the cool octopus.
So far, Paul has correctly predicted the results of Germany in all international soccer games, including defeats against Serbia in the first phase and against Spain in the semi-finals.
South Africa 2010 is the only World Cup which will count with Paul’s psychic talents because this species of octopus rarely lives more than two years, precisely the current age of the famous mollusk.