Top octopus soccer prognosticator missed picking Japan in Cup finals

Kyodo

An octopus from Berlin beat seven rivals from across Germany in a contest to predict results at the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament by correctly choosing the winner in four of six games covered, but it missed Japan’s victory in the final, organizers said.

The octopus, named Ophira, hence fell short of the achievements of Paul, the so-called psychic octopus that died last October after correctly foretelling the results of eight matches at the World Cup soccer finals in South Africa, they said.

The contest was organized by eight Sea Life aquariums in Germany, with each entering an octopus, including “Little Paul” from the same Oberhausen aquarium as the original eight-legged clairvoyant.

Aquarium officials said they plan to decide Paul’s successor by holding another contest next year during the European soccer championship.