Qatar 2022: River Otter Correctly Predicted Japan Upsetting Germany in Qatar in Amazing Video

Qatar 2022: River Otter Correctly Predicted Japan Upsetting Germany in Qatar in Amazing Video

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:17 PM
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  • Football fans continued to be shocked by Japan upsetting Germany in the nations' opening 2022 FIFA World Cup match
  • It appears that a creature was in on the result as the Blue Samurai turned the four-time winners over at the Khalifa International Stadium
  • A river otter predicted that this would happen before the match, bringing back memories of Paul the Octopus in 2010

First, it was Paul the Octopus during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, who uncannily predicted results correctly during that tournament.

Now, a new star from the animal kingdom is grabbing the headlines for a similar talent.

Taiyo, a river otter from Tokyo, correctly predicted that his home nation Japan would upset mighty Germany in the nations' opening Group E match of the current global showpiece event.

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Taiyo the river otter seals Germany's fate ahead of the match against Japan. Image source: Kyodo News.
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Kyodo News reported that Taiyo was given the simple task of placing a ball inside three cups representing a Japanese or German win, as well as a draw. He swiftly inserted it into the Japan cup, to much surprise, and later joy.

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The Samurai Blue would go on to cause another World Cup upset with a win over Die Mannschaft.

This brought back memories of the (ironically) German octopus, which correctly predicted 12 out of 14 Euro 2008 and 2010 World Cup matches, a success rate of 86%, as per The Daily Beast.

Paul then died in October of 2010, with a rash of conspiracies about the circumstances of his death, as was reported by The Guardian.

Germany's Neuer reacts to loss

Germany’s veteran goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has come out to question his teammates, after the team succumbed to defeat against Japan on Wednesday, November 23.

The Germans were overwhelming favourites going into the Group E clash, and they looked to be on course for victory after Ilkay Gundogan’s first-half penalty, Sports Brief reported.

Japan ended up upsetting the odds however, as several substitutions for the Samurai Blue ended up being the crucial moment of the game.

Speaking after the game, Neuer openly questioned his side’s ability to see out a lead and said Germany had lacked the killer instinct up front, which ultimately cost them the game.

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