Paul, the retired Oracle Octopus Cephalopod and official ambassador to England’s 2018 World Cup bid, has died peacefully in his sleep. He was found dead this morning. This is according to a statement released by Ariane Vieregge, spokesperson of the Sea Life Centre in Oberhauzen, Germany. The staff of the centre are said to be “devastated.”
Paul’s agent, Chris Davies stated this morning “It’s a sad day. Paul was rather special but we managed to film Paul before he left this mortal earth.”
The centre manager, Stephan Porwoll stated “We are consoled by the knowledge that he enjoyed a good life.”
According to his Wikipedia page, the funeral arrangements have yet to be arranged, although there is some talk of either a cremation or burial with a funeral service and a monument in his honour at the centre in Germany where he spent most of his life.
Paul gained world-wide fame during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, as well as some world-wide hatred as he correctly predicted the outcome of all of Germany’s matches, as well as the winner of the tournament, Spain, who beat Holland 1-0. The odds of predicting the results of these matches correctly is 256 to 1.
He retired from predicting match outcomes on the 12th of July this year. On August the 20th, he was made an honorary ambassador for Englands’ bid to be the host nation of the next-but-one World Cup soccer tournament in 2018. A documentary film is due to be released about his life, and plush toys have been released for the Christmas Market.
Paul was a highlight of the 2010 World Cup tournament and will be missed.
Rest in peace Paul.
You know that something is coming to an end when you hear words like ‘final’ and ‘closing’. On Sunday 11 July 2010, at Soccer City in Johannesburg, the closing ceremony for the long awaited Fifa World Cup took place. It was really something special and different. If you missed it, here is a basic run through of the events. Nice one SA!
With the last match in Cape Town having come to a close, it is down to Johannesburg to delivery the new FIFA World Cup champions.
After the long wait the World Cup almost drawing to a close, we thought it best to have a look at the highlights for Cape Town over the last few weeks.
1.The Welcome to Cape Town Concert and parade with the Kaapse Klopse and R Kelly at the Grande Parade also known for the past few weeks as the Fan Fest
2.Opening of the Fan Fest on 11 June 2010. The area had to be closed off long before the game and fans felt the need to stand on roofs to see the action.
3.The first goal soccered by Bafana Bafana
4.The celebrity soccer match with Jacob Zuma as the captain of the team.
5.ALL the matches at the Green Point Stadium!
forwad to welcoming our new FIFA World Cup champions.