The animal has become the most unusual celebrity at this year’s tournament after correctly indicating whether Germany would win or lose each of their six games during the tournament.
His keepers at the zoo in Oberhausen claim he is psychic, and help him make his predictions by offering him mussels from two containers – one adorned with the German flag and one with that of their opponents.
Whichever vessel Paul chooses to eat from is held to be his tip to win the match – and his choice of Spain for last night’s semi-final added further weight to his burgeoning reputation.
His talent was first spotted during the Euro 2008 finals, when he successfully picked the winner for each of Germany’s games until the final – also against Spain.
His keeper, Oliver Walenciak, said before the match: “We know that all octopus have nine brains so we know he has exceptional powers.
“In the European Cup he got one game wrong. It was the final between Germany and Spain and he picked Germany which was wrong and this time he has picked Spain so we are thinking he must be wrong again.”
But hopes that Paul had a blind spot for matches against Spain were crushed as a Carlos Puyol header ended Germany’s hopes of winning the tournament.
Paul’s unwavering accuracy this year has even seen him become a target for furious Argentinian fans, who blamed him for their side’s quarter final defeat against Germany and threatened to eat him.
Mr Walenciak said: “There are always people who want to eat our octopus but he is not shy and we are here to protect him as well. He will survive.” Telegraph.co.uk