JOHANNESBURG - If Paul The Prognosticating Octopus feels threatened in Bavaria, there is always room for him in Barcelona.
So says Andres Iniesta, the hero of an entire nation after his goal in the 116th minute gave Spain a 1-0 victory in the championship match of World Cup 2010 on Sunday at Soccer City in Johannesburg.
It was Spain’s first World Cup title in history, a triumph that comes on the heels of their crown at Euro 2008 two years ago.
Of course, none of this comes as any surprise to Paul, who called Spain to beat Germany in the final at Euro ‘08. Sure enough, the Spanish would go on to beat the Germans 1-0 to claim the crown.
This time around, Paul finished the World Cup competition with a perfect 8-0 mark.
Part of that unblemished record included selecting Spain to beat Germany in the semis, a pick that did not go over well in Germany, the country Paul lives in. And when Spain did beat Germany 1-0, there were calls by many Germans for Paul to be chucked into the frying pan.
For the World Cup final, Paul went with Spain yet again, this time over The Netherlands. And, thanks to Iniesta, the legend of Paul continues to grow.
Asked about having the famous octopus in his team’s corner, Iniesta chuckled.
“As far as the octopus, what can I say? We won. Paul should be even more popular in Spain right now.”
Count on it.