It’s taken a full month but after 63 games involving 32 teams, we’ve arrived at the final match of the 2010 World Cup. Tomorrow, either Spain or the Netherlands will lift the World Cup trophy for the first time in their history. Just about everyone is picking Spain to win, not least Paul the oracular octopus from Oberhausen, Germany.
So far Paul has correctly picked the winner of all of Germany’s games at the World Cup, including today’s third place match, and now he has picked Spain to win the whole thing. It’s the first time he’s been asked to predict a game in which Germany is not playing, so it remains to be seen whether his powers extend beyond the borders of his adopted land (he is originally English). [Yes, this is all very silly but I love it.] Whatever happens, the final is guaranteed to be a great battle between two first class teams full of passion for their countries and the sport.
Lest you think there is no connection to classic books here, I present the following:
Thanks to @CountBezuhov