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Paul the Octopus changes sides, now in England camp

Because it's Friday, and Goff is on vacation, I give you this. No word on if England had to pay a transfer fee.

The Associated Press

LONDON -- The octopus that achieved fame by predicting correctly the result of each of Germany's matches at this year's World Cup has switched allegiance to England.

Paul has been appointed as an ambassador to England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

Germany beat England 4-1 in the second round of the World Cup in the most recent installment of the nations' ongoing soccer rivalry, but the switch is a natural one for Paul.

Although he became famous by calling Germany's results and the Spain-Netherlands final from an aquarium in Oberhausen, Germany, Paul is English born. He hatched at Weymouth Sea Life Center on England's south coast in 2008.

Paul made his predictions by opening the lid of one of two clear plastic boxes, each containing a mussel and bearing a team flag.

"Paul has spent the last two years of his life in Germany, but he is definitely a proud Englishman," Weymouth Sea Life Center manager Nicola Hamilton said. "We have had a number of football approaches from around the world, but Paul was only ever going to choose his homeland."

Read the rest of the story here. Relive Paul the Octopus's month of glory here.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  August 20, 2010; 10:01 AM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup  
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Charles H. Darwin! Cook the thing and soak him in lemon butter already! Sheesh.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | August 20, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I prefer octopus as sushi, personally. Then again I also know some people who won't eat them because of their intelligence. Hasn't stopped me yet though. Delicious!

Posted by: VercengetorixII | August 20, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

So is he eligible to pick this weekend, or are they still waiting on his ITC?

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 20, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to have missed this one, but happy that Thor had eyes on it, pen in hand . . . sounds like an entertaining match.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 20, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Who's going to do the TV listings?

A quick glance at the dead tree version of the Post shows a 5-hour block of Housewives of New Jersey on Bravo starting at 7!

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | August 20, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

How is he eligible for England after playing for Germany as an adult?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 20, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Footy on the telly

I'm off to Williamsburg, the cradle of the revolution (no, not the NEngland team). We are so going to kick some British bum - for the zillionth re-enacted time.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 20, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

What's amazing is that Virginia had their capitol there even before W'burg had water slides and roller coasters.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 20, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

What's amazing is that Virginia had their capitol there even before W'burg had water slides and roller coasters.

Posted by: OWNTF

That's because Paulus, Ye Predicktive Octopuss, told the Colonials to build it there.

Posted by: GABinOdenton | August 20, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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