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Spain vs. Germany: The continuing saga of Paul the Octopus

By now you've all heard that Paul the oracle octopus, who's a perfect 5-0 in picking the winners of Germany's games in this World Cup, has chosen Spain to defeat Germany in today's semifinal.

It's not the first time Paul's pick has drawn heat. When he chose Germany to defeat Argentina in the quarterfinals, Argentina's fans threatened to eat him.

Channel your inner German octopus and predict the winner here.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  July 7, 2010; 11:13 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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I guess I should revise my prediction. Never go against an Octopus.

My college roomate of four years is currently living in Berlin (as a student/bartender) and he said his bar actually gets packed for viewing parties of Paul the Octopus. Thats amazing to me.

Posted by: grubbsbl | July 7, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I don't get it. He puts rocks in the boxes? Takes them out? Huh?

Posted by: DadRyan | July 7, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I see a Red Wings game in Paul's future.

Posted by: benonthehill | July 7, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Pulpo gallego

Posted by: Reignking | July 7, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

@DadRyan: They make two glasses, one for each team (flag/logo) and put an oyster in the glass. Whichever oyster Paul picks to eat is the winning glass/team (but the losing oyster I suppose).

Posted by: buck-bass-goal | July 7, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Thinks Spain can do it. Paul might end up as a delicious pulpo a la gallega, sprinkled lovingly with salt and paprika. Mmmmmm.

Posted by: gallegoscot1 | July 7, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Spanish pundit Guillem Balague on BBC Radio 5 Live:

"Fernando Torres will be on the bench for Spain tonight and Pedro will start."

Posted by: Kev29 | July 7, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Spaniards will give Paul honorary citizenship if this happens.

AND NO....Paella rarely ever has octopus on it: Mussels, shrimp, squid, cigalas (a sort of crawfish) or even clams.

Posted by: Mighty7 | July 7, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

that video is great. listen to all of the shutter clicks when he finally makes his choice!

Posted by: fedssocr | July 7, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

kev: awesome. But I would've liked to see Cesc, but he's not 100%

Posted by: Reignking | July 7, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

What does Henry the Octopus think?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | July 7, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Paul is right again! uncanny

Posted by: fedssocr | July 7, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

So who is Paul picking to win the cup?

Posted by: DanaDish | July 7, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

So who is Paul's pick to win the Cup?

Posted by: DanaDish | July 7, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how the reporters/camera crew members couldn't help themselves and started saying "Spanien" ("Spain" in German) in case the people farther back couldn't see which box had been chosen by "Kraken-Orakel Paul," as the octopus is called in Germany. You could hear the excitement in that room. Very cute. And it is eerie that Paul is 6 for 6! Ausgezeichnet!

Posted by: KellyCat | July 7, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

News flash - Paul was right, again!

In other news, Paul was found served today along with some Unagi, Spicy Yellowtail, Spicy Squid and a nice helping of Sake chased by a Paulina.

Paulina will now officially predict Die Mannschaft's future success.

Posted by: Kosh2 | July 8, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

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