Paul the Octopus or Paul Oktopus (hatched in 2008) is a common octopus living in a tank at a Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany. The octopus is used as an animal oracle in an attempt to predict the results of football matches, usually international matches in which Germany is playing.
During a prediction, the octopus is presented with two boxes. Each contains food, and is marked with the flag of a national football team in an upcoming match, among which he is said to choose his predicted winner. The octopus is reported to have chosen the box with the flag of the winning team in several of Germany’s six Euro 2008 matches, and in each of their first six matches in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. He has predicted a win for Spain against the Netherlands in the World Cup final on July 11 by eating the mussel in the box with the Spanish flag on it.
Final bet: Oracle Paul the Octopus picks Spain over Netherlands to win World Cup
Oracle Paul ‘Psychic’ Octopus puts Spain, not Germany to WC final
2010 FIFA World Cup
Paul has predicted the winners of each of the six 2010 FIFA World Cup matches the German team has played so far, against Australia, Serbia, Ghana, England, Argentina, and Spain. His prediction that Argentina would lose prompted Argentine chef Nicolas Bedorrou to post an Octopus recipe on Facebook.Paul has predicted the winners of each of the six 2010 FIFA World Cup matches the German team has played so far, against Australia, Serbia, Ghana, England, Argentina, and Spain. His prediction that Argentina would lose prompted Argentine chef Nicolas Bedorrou to post an Octopus recipe on Facebook.
There are always people who want to eat our octopus but he is not shy and we are here to protect him as well. He will survive.—Oliver Walenciak (Paul’s keeper)
Paul correctly predicted the outcome of the semi-final, by choosing the food in the box marked with the Spanish flag. German supporters drew hope from his incorrect choice for the Germany versus Spain match in the UEFA Euro 2008 but were disappointed. The prediction led to death threats as German fans called for Paul to be cooked and eaten. In response, Spanish prime minister Jose Zapatero jokingly offered to send Paul official state protection, and the Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian called for Paul to be given safe haven in Spain.
Results involving Germany
Paul in his tank
|Poland||Euro 2008||group stage||2008-06-08 !8 June 2008||Germany||2–0||Correct|
|Croatia||Euro 2008||group stage||2008-06-12 !12 June 2008||Germany||1–2||Incorrect|
|Austria||Euro 2008||group stage||2008-06-16 !16 June 2008||Germany||1–0||Correct|
|Portugal||Euro 2008||quarter-finals||2008-06-19 !19 June 2008||Germany||3–2||Correct|
|Turkey||Euro 2008||semi-finals||2008-06-25 !25 June 2008||Germany||3–2||Correct|
|Spain||Euro 2008||final||2008-06-29 !29 June 2008||Germany||0–1||Incorrect|
|Australia||World Cup 2010||group stage||2010-06-13 !13 June 2010||Germany||4–0||Correct|
|Serbia||World Cup 2010||group stage||2010-06-18 !18 June 2010||Serbia||0–1||Correct|
|Ghana||World Cup 2010||group stage||2010-06-23 !23 June 2010||Germany||1–0||Correct|
|England||World Cup 2010||round of 16||2010-06-27 !27 June 2010||Germany||4–1||Correct|
|Argentina||World Cup 2010||quarter-finals||2010-07-03 !3 July 2010||Germany||4–0||Correct|
|Spain||World Cup 2010||semi-finals||2010-07-07 !7 July 2010||Spain||0–1||Correct|
|Uruguay||World Cup 2010||3rd place play-off||2010-07-10 !10 July 2010||Germany|
Results not involving Germany
|Netherlands vs. Spain||World Cup 2010||final||2010-07-11 !11 July 2010||Spain|