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Sunday, July 04, 2010

Paul is absolutely right... Germany win

My last post was about a psychic Octopus whose predictions have turned out to be absolutely correct so far in this world cup ( check the last post here ). And now guess what? Paul, the octopus, is right,  once again. Three time world champs Germany have shown the great Diego Maradona's men the door. They beat Argentina comprehensively. 

What a match!! What a scoreline!! 
Yes, 4-0
And Argentina were supposed to win the World Cup 

This was supposed to be a highly competitive quarter-final match ........Now I think, maybe, Argentina were a bit highly rated, especially if you look at the struggles they had to go through before they qualified for the World Cup finals.

World player of the year, Messi, looked only a shade of himself as he failed to break through Germany's defenses. It's a shame he couldn't even score a single goal in this tournament. Despite his sincere efforts, Messi failed to produce the desired results. 

And then every team is supposed to have some defenders ....Maybe, the Argentinians forgot about that. When Klose, Podolski and Schweinsteiger were moving in the Argentinian half, it looked like an open field. It literally seemed like they were strolling in the park. 

Whatever Argentina lacked, Germany had plenty of it. They German defense was rock solid and their strikers sharp. They were off to a dream start when Muller headed the ball curled in by Schweinsteiger's free kick just after 3 minutes into the game. Miroslav Klose, Germany's best striker, celebrated his 100th international appearance with 2 goals. He's now just one short of Ronaldo's record of most goals in the World Cup. Friedrich joined in the party as well, scoring his first goal in 76 international appearances. And the best part of today's game was Germany's clinical counter-attacking display. It was simply awesome. Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, was also there in the stadium to cheer for her team and that certainly inspired the players as well.

"We just had a bad game. If you make mistakes like that, you go home" Carlos Tevez said at the end of the game. Maybe, they made the mistakes a bit too many. Maybe, it was because Maradona was so mesmerized with his star player, Messi, that he forgot about the rest. What was the most irritating thing about Maradona over the past couple of weeks was that in all the interviews and press conferences he only spoke of Messi. Messi, alone, can do only a little. Other players had to chip in as well. Now, they have 4 more years to ponder over their mistakes but I, certainly, do feel that this was a great opportunity wasted as far as Argentina are concerned. 

Well as far as Germany is concerned, now, they have only one way to go ----- forward. Paul, the octopus, got his predictions right this time as well. Let's see what's his prediction for the semi-finals. Watch this space ....I'm just waiting for Paul's prediction and then I'll blog about it. So, stay tuned...

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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Wanna know the winner? ....just ask the Octopus!!

You don't have to wait till Saturday to know who's gonna win in the clash between the Germans and Argentinians. Yes, the verdict is out, thanks to Paul, an Engilsh-born German octopus. So far, Paul has correctly predicting all four of Germany's games in this year's tournament. And now, Paul has predicted that Germany will beat Argentina in the World Cup quarterfinals, in what could be the country's toughest match yet. 

It's not the first time that Paul is making such claims. In fact, during the 2008 European Championship, Paul had predicted 80% of the match results accurately. Now, all of Argentina will be wishing that Paul gets it wrong this time.

So how does Paul pick the winner???

Simple. Paul is given the choice of picking food (a mussel) from two different water glasses lowered into his tank, one marked with the German flag and the other with the opponent's flag. 

Well,  to predict the winner in the Germany vs. Argentina clash, Paul took a long time. Initially Paul, approached the water glass marked with the German flag but waited a long time to grab the mussel from it. In fact, he had completely ignored the Argentinian water glass and took about an hour to predict the winner. 

Well we have to wait till Saturday to find out if Paul gets it correct this time as well.
In the meantime, you just enjoy this pic and video of Paul's!!

Picture courtsey : Reuters

And here is Paul predicting Germany's victory over England ...enjoy!! :)

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