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Octopus predictions

Paul, an octopus in Germany, is said to be making predictions about football matches. Somebody wrongly referred to the octopus as an astrologer. Astrologers make predictions based on stars and the octopus predictions are not based on stars. TV channels give publicity to the octopus. The predictions of Football World Cup 2010 matches are said to be right. I have some questions.

Who first came up with the idea that the octopus can predict the results of football matches?

Who were the bookies involved in betting on matches played by Germany?

How much money was involved in betting on matches played by Germany?

Germany lost to Serbia and Spain. Did the German players believe in the predictions? Did the coach or someone else convince the players that predictions can go wrong and they can win or left them demoralised?
Frank Lampard’s goal for England against Germany was disallowed. At that time it could have been 2-2. Was it a mistake by referee or deliberate?

Germany defeated Australia 4-0, England 4-1 and Argentina 4-0. How is that Germany could not score even one goal against Spain? Spain was said to be the favourite to win the World Cup but Switzerland had defeated Spain in a group match.

In India some channels have come up with parrot prediction for final which is opposite of what the octopus has predicted. India had its share of predictions during Cricket World Cups which were usually wrong.
If Germany auctions the octopus before the final there will be lot of bidders and it can make lot of money. After the final the demand will depend on the outcome of the match.

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FIFA and Technology

Football World Cup 2010 has seen many wrong decisions. Previous Football World Cups also had wrong decisions. FIFA had refused to use technology to correct referee’s mistakes and that has caused injustice to many players and teams. Goals are allowed or disallowed wrongly, red cards are shown when no foul is committed, penalty kick is awarded when a player falls without anyone touching him.

Sepp Blatter continues to oppose use of technology. After England’s second goal against Germany was disallowed and Germany defeated England 4-1 David Cameron called for use of technology in football. Cricket, hockey and tennis use TV replays or beeper.

Many times players cheat. They fall without being pushed. Some pretend they are hurt. When a player falls in a goal area of opposite team penalty kick is awarded and sometimes that decides the match and winner of the World Cup.

Referee may miss something. There are linesmen to assist him. It is unlikely that all of them miss something. However wrong decisions affect teams.

Technology must be used so that there is appeal against wrong decisions and they are reversed. Players who cheat are punished. Teams do not lose the match due to referee’s wrong decision.

France out of Football World Cup 2010

France did not deserve to be in Football World Cup 2010. They qualified due to hand goal by Henry Thierry and Ireland was cheated its rightful place. FIFA does not use TV footage and correct wrong decisions by referees. Ireland had to pay for referee’s mistake.

France made news during World Cup for all the wrong reasons. One player, Nicolas Anelka, had to be sent back for indiscipline. Players refused to train. Director resigned. French coach Raymond Domenech refused to shake hands with South Africa’s coach Carlos Albert Parreira. France drew 0-0 with Uruguay, lost 0-2 to Mexico and 1-2 to South Africa.

There is talk of groupism in French team with players of West African origin, North African origin and local French players forming groups.

After the loss to South Africa French players flew back in standard (economy) class. There is a report that French President Nicolas Sarkozy will hold a cabinet meeting to discuss about the football team.
France had won Football World Cup 1998. They were out in the first round of Football World Cup 2002. France was runner up in Football World Cup 2006. Once again they are out in the first round.

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